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Hepatitis A, B, & C: What’s the Difference?

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Hepatitis A, B, & C: What’s the Difference?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that members of the Baby Boomer generation be tested for hepatitis C. Baby Boomers are those who were born between 1945 and 1965. Boomers are believed to be at a higher risk for elderly diseases like hep C because the disease was at its highest rate of transmission between the 60’s and the 80’s. In part, the higher infection rates were because of differences in medical procedures and the handling of medical equipment.

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Home Care Services Whittier CA – Hepatitis A, B, & C: What’s the Difference?

Although hep C may be the kind of hepatitis you hear about most often, it isn’t the only kind. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies 5 main kinds of hepatitis—hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Of these, hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common.

Hepatitis Basics

Hepatitis is a disease that causes liver inflammation. The liver is an organ located on the right side of the abdomen toward the top. It helps with metabolism by performing several functions, including:

  • Producing bile to aid in digestion.
  • Filtering toxins out of the body.
  • Breaking down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
  • Breaking down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
  • Storing glycogen.

Hepatitis is usually caused by a virus. However, it can also be a secondary elderly disease caused by autoimmune conditions or medications.

Types of Hepatitis

The three major kinds of hepatitis are A, B, and C. Some of the symptoms are similar, but there are differences in how they are transmitted and treated.

Hepatitis A: This kind of hepatitis doesn’t cause a long-term infection. It also usually doesn’t cause complications. People usually get it when they eat or drink something that contains the virus. Most people recover completely and develop an immunity to further hepatitis A infections. There is a vaccination for the virus.

Hepatitis B: The recovery time for hepatitis B is around 6 months. However, it can lead to liver damage and chronic infection. Hepatitis B is transmitted through bodily fluids. There is a vaccination to prevent it.

Hepatitis C: Hepatitis C causes a long-term infection in around 80 percent of the people who have it. It often doesn’t cause symptoms, which is why it’s important for people to be tested for it. Hep C may cause liver inflammation and scarring, called cirrhosis. There is no hepatitis C vaccine, but there are treatments that can cure the condition.

If your aging relative has been diagnosed with a form of hepatitis, home care services can help them during the recovery period. A home care services provider can remind them to take medications prescribed by the doctor. In addition, a home care services provider can make certain the older adult and visitors follow safety protocols to prevent spreading the infection. If repeat visits to the doctor are required, a home care services provider can also drive your loved one to the doctor’s office.

Sources: https://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/digestive-diseases-hepatitis#1
http://www.who.int/features/qa/76/en/
https://www.healthline.com/health/hepatitis
https://www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis/Media/PDFs/FactSheet-Boomers.pdf
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Whittier CA, please contact the caring staff at 1Heart Care Services today.

Belina C. Nernberg
Belina C. Nernberg
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.

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