Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Janine Acero
Hepatitis D is a viral infection caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV) that causes liver inflammation and damage. It is contracted through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily secretions, such as urine, vaginal fluids, semen, or through birth (from the mother to her newborn).
Long-term infection with hepatitis D can increase your risk of developing serious problems, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Hepatitis D can only infect you when you’re already infected with a hepatitis B virus (HBV).
This virus is common in Central Asia, Pacific Islands, the Mediterranean, Russia, West Africa and South America.
Hepatitis D doesn’t always cause symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they often include:
The following are the risk factors for contracting hepatitis D:
When the condition goes untreated, complications are more likely to occur, such as:
Try the following home remedies to prevent the progression of hepatitis D and rebuild the damaged liver cells.
There is no current cure for hepatitis D, but early diagnosis may prevent liver damage. Avoid alcohol intake to reduce the risk of further liver problems. In addition, apply simple rules of hygiene such as boiling all drinking and cooking water and washing hands before preparing food and after going to the toilet. Children should also not swim in contaminated water sources.
Always use a condom with all of your sexual partners to avoid contracting any potential diseases, especially if you have multiple partners. Never engage in unprotected sex unless you’re certain that your partner is clean of any sexually transmitted infection.
Moreover, avoid or stop using illegal drugs that can be injected, such as heroin, and be cautious about tattoos and piercings. Go to a trustworthy shop if you’re going to get a piercing or tattoo.
Hepatitis D is a viral infection caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV) that causes liver inflammation and damage.
Hepatitis D is contracted by direct contact with the blood of an infected person, as well as sexual intercourse.
You are highly susceptible to hepatitis D if you are already infected with hepatitis B.
Hepatitis D can lead to liver cancer if left untreated.
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