This is the Reason Why Acute Hepatitis is Dangerous

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This is the Reason Why Acute Hepatitis is Dangerous
This is the Reason Why Acute Hepatitis is Dangerous

Lately, the news about the mysterious acute hepatitis caused concern for many people. He said, this disease is classified as dangerous because it can cause death. To find out more about why this disease is dangerous, let's look at the following article

Hepatitis is a term for inflammation of the liver. Judging from the duration of occurrence, hepatitis is divided into two types, namely acute and chronic. The term acute hepatitis is used to describe inflammation of the liver that lasts for less than 6 months.

This is the reason why acute hepatitis is dangerous
This is the reason why acute hepatitis is dangerous

Recently, mysterious acute hepatitis has received special attention. This condition is known to mostly affect children aged less than 16 years and the cause is not known with certainty.

The Dangers of Acute Hepatitis

Acute hepatitis can generally be caused by viral hepatitis infection, alcohol poisoning, autoimmune disease, or the use of certain drugs (drug-induced hepatitis). There are at least five types of viruses that can cause hepatitis, namely hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses.

The mode of transmission of hepatitis virus infection varies, depending on the type of virus. Some viruses can be transmitted through splashes of water that come out when sneezing or coughing, unprotected sexual intercourse, blood transfusions, and contaminated food and drink.

Currently, WHO is raising awareness of the mysterious acute hepatitis of unknown cause. There are several viruses that have been associated with the emergence of this condition, namely Adenovirus, including type 41 and SARS-CoV-2.

However, so far, it has been stated that there is no relationship between acute hepatitis and COVID-19 vaccination.

Acute hepatitis, including mysterious hepatitis, should not be taken lightly and must be treated quickly and appropriately. The reason is, acute hepatitis can cause liver function failure.

Severe liver failure requires a transplant. In addition, some types of acute hepatitis, such as hepatitis B or C virus infection, can also develop into chronic hepatitis.

The latest WHO data states that 350 cases of mysterious acute hepatitis have been reported in 11 countries, with 17 known cases requiring liver transplantation. In Indonesia alone, this disease has even caused 7 deaths in children.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis

Acute hepatitis can cause different symptoms, depending on the cause. However, in general, there are several symptoms of acute hepatitis that can be recognized, namely:

  • Fever
  • Exhaustion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • stomach ache
  • Lost appetite
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Urine is dark in color
  • Pale stools
  • Jaundice

In children, acute hepatitis, including mysterious acute hepatitis, more often causes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice. However, in most cases the symptoms are not accompanied by fever.

From the results of blood tests, usually people with mysterious acute hepatitis will show an increase in liver enzymes but no hepatitis virus is found which is a common cause of acute hepatitis.

So, if you or a family member is currently experiencing symptoms of acute hepatitis as described above, immediately consult a doctor to get the right treatment. In addition, take steps to prevent acute hepatitis as early as possible.

Preventing hepatitis can be done by undergoing vaccinations and adopting a he althy lifestyle, such as eating he althy and well-cooked food, maintaining food hygiene, not sharing the use of personal utensils, and avoiding the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

You are also advised to continue to apply the COVID-19 he alth protocol. In addition to protecting you and your family from Corona Virus infection, the COVID-19 process can also prevent the transmission of viruses that are suspected to be the cause of mysterious acute hepatitis.