Viral hepatitis can cause liver damage by causing inflammation and irritation in the liver. Hepatitis disease is caused by several different viruses, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses. According to the World Health Organization, there are millions of people worldwide living with hepatitis B or C disease - both of which are among the most common causes of chronic hepatitis. Despite this, there are many myths in the minds of people regarding the transmission of hepatitis virus.

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Today in this article, we will tell you about the myths spread about hepatitis and their truth -

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  1. All hepatitis viruses are similar and spread in the same way
  2. Hepatitis A virus is the most common among Indian adults
  3. Hepatitis is a genetic disease
  4. Jaundice occurs in all patients with acute viral hepatitis (AVH)
  5. Vaccines exist against all types of hepatitis viruses
  6. If hepatitis A occurs, the person becomes immune to all types of hepatitis
  7. Hepatitis patients should eat only boiled food
  8. It is unsafe to breastfeed while infected with hepatitis
  9. When jaundice is cured in hepatitis patients, they can consume alcohol
  10. Hepatitis is a disease that has no cure
  11. Takeaway
Doctors for Common myths about hepatitis virus transmission

Truth - Hepatitis ABCD, and E viruses are different and their mode of transmission is also different. Hepatitis A and E viruses are spread through contact with food and water that has been contaminated by an infected person. The Hepatitis E virus is also spread through undercooked meat. Talking about the transmission of hepatitis B, C, and D virus, it mostly spreads through contact with the blood of an infected patient.

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Truth - By the time they are 10 years old, about 95 percent of children in India test positive for hepatitis A. This is an indication of how bad the sanitation situation is in India. Hepatitis E is the most common hepatitis infection found among Indian adults and is mainly due to the consumption of street food.

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Truth - Hepatitis is not a genetic or hereditary disease. Hepatitis B can be transmitted from an infected mother to her baby during birth. However, this situation can also be avoided if the status of the virus is known and the baby is given immunoglobulin (antibodies) 12 hours before birth.

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Truth - The absence of jaundice does not rule out the possibility of viral hepatitis infection in the patient. Sometimes a patient shows only symptoms like fevervomiting, and loss of appetite.

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Truth - Vaccine exists only for Hepatitis A and B

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Truth - If a patient gets Hepatitis A, he becomes immune only to Hepatitis A for life. However, the person remains at risk of becoming infected with other types of hepatitis virus.

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Truth - Nutrition is very important for a hepatitis patient. However, contrary to popular belief, hepatitis patients can be fed whatever they want. But giving sugarcane juicebitter gourdradish, and glucose solution is not recommended.

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Truth - Mother's breast milk cannot transmit any hepatitis virus and hence, it is safe to breastfeed during hepatitis.

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Truth - Alcohol should not be consumed for at least 6 months after hepatitis A and E infection as it takes at least 6 months for the liver to recover completely. However, people with chronic hepatitis B or C infection should avoid alcohol for the rest of their lives.

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Truth - Some types of hepatitis do not require any treatment or intervention to recover, but sometimes it also causes liver damage, in which case the patient should take rest and consult a doctor. Proper medicine should be taken after asking the doctor and alcohol consumption should be avoided. Doctors prescribe antiviral agents to such patients.

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You need to know that to avoid hepatitis infection, take various precautions like washing your hands regularly and getting vaccinated. However, the prevention of the disease completely depends on the type of hepatitis infection the person has got.

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