What your gastroenterologists in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania want you to know.

You may have heard about hepatitis, but did you know there are five different types of hepatitis? They all infect your liver, but the signs, symptoms and effects of each type can be dramatically different. Your doctors at Gastrointestinal Specialists want to share the facts about hepatitis. They have several convenient office locations in Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia, and Langhorne, Pennsylvania to serve you.

Let’s start with hepatitis A, which is caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. The symptoms of hepatitis A can include nausea and diarrhea, among others. You can prevent hepatitis A by receiving a vaccination.

Hepatitis B is caused by exposure to infected blood and other body fluids. Signs and symptoms can include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Hepatitis B can be prevented by vaccination.

Hepatitis C is caused by exposure to infected blood through blood transfusions or intravenous drug use or needle sticks. It can also be transmitted by sexual contact. Hepatitis C may not produce any signs or symptoms for decades, making it difficult to diagnose until in the late stages. It can cause severe liver damage, cirrhosis and death.

Some signs and symptoms of hepatitis C include dark urine, jaundice, fatigue, fever, muscle and joint pain, nausea and stomach pain, among others. Unlike other types of hepatitis, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. Treatment typically includes anti-viral medications including sofosbuvir and daclatasvir, alone or in combination.

Hepatitis D can occur when hepatitis B infection is present. When you are infected with both hepatitis B and D signs and symptoms are more extreme and the effects can be much worse than just a single infection. The hepatitis B vaccine can prevent infection of hepatitis D.

Hepatitis E is comparable to hepatitis A because it is acquired from ingesting contaminated food and water. A vaccination for hepatitis E has been developed but it is not easily available.

Hepatitis affects your liver and can cause permanent damage and even death. If you are suffering signs and symptoms of hepatitis, it’s time to get some help from the experts and call your doctors at Gastrointestinal Specialists, with offices in Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia, and Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Call today!