What Are the Differences Between Hepatitis B And C?

Q:
What are the differences between hepatitis b and c?

A:
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver due to a viral infection. The differences between hepatitis b and c lie in the virus type, route of transmission, natural history and treatment protocols. But the symptoms are obvious to tell their difference.

Hepatitis B is a blood borne infection. Blood transfusion, unprotected sexual contact, hemodialysis, intravenous drug abuse are known risk factors.

Symptoms of Hepatitis B:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

Hepatitis C is a RNA virus. It is also blood borne. Intravenous drug abuse, hemodialysis, blood transfusion, and sexual contact increase the risk of contracting the disease.

Symptoms of Hepatitis C:

  • Bleeding easily
  • Bruising easily
  • Fatigue
  • Poor appetite
  • Yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Itchy skin
  • Fluid buildup in your abdomen (ascites)
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
  • Spider-like blood vessels on your skin (spider angiomas)

If you have any symptoms that worry you, please contact your doctor immediately.

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