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Hepatitis is one of the best-known viral infections. It is possible to be vaccinated against some types of hepatitis.

Hepatitis is a viral infection that occurs in different variants and attacks the liver. In Europe, hepatitis A and B play a particularly important role. They are mainly transmitted through contact or smear infections (A) and sexual contacts (B). Sometimes joint drug consumption is also responsible for the virus passing from one person to another.

Unfortunately, the effects that hepatitis can bring are still underestimated today. Yet it is comparatively easy to prevent the disease, for example by using condoms. In connection with hepatitis A and B, a vaccine is also available.

The signs that can indicate an acute illness are varied and can also point to other causes. However, especially people who feel listless over a longer period of time, complain of nausea and abdominal pain and "suddenly" develop an aversion to particularly fatty foods and alcohol should pay attention.

If a form of hepatitis has been diagnosed after an examination, it is important to start the appropriate treatment as soon as possible and to stop drinking alcohol. This way, the inflamed liver can first be relieved.

Ideally, acute hepatitis heals on its own and with bed rest including a light diet for several days. Depending on the need, doctors prescribe painkillers and anti-nausea medication in parallel. In some cases, however, "tougher weapons" are needed to help the liver - ideally - return to its former shape.