CHRONIC VIRAL HEPATITIS - Overview, Facts, Types, Symptoms - Watsons Health


Hepatitis is inflammation or swelling of the liver. Chronic disease is one that has existed for a long time or is not treated by usual treatments. Chronic viral hepatitis continues for a half year or more. Usually, chronic viral hepatitis is caused by hepatitis B or C viruses.


Hepatitis B is a risky liver disease caused by hepatitis B infection.

Hepatitis C is a liver problem that is brought about by hepatitis C infection. The infection can cause hepatitis that lasts for a month to many years.



Around two out of three people with chronic viral hepatitis have no signs until they have cirrhosis or scarring of the liver.

You may have viral hepatitis first. A month later, you could have symptoms, such as

  • Feeling tired and weak
  • Mild fever and pain in your upper abdominal area
  • Swelling from fluid in your abdomen
  • Little, spiderlike veins on your skin
  • Red palms


Less commonly, you may have symptoms, such as:

  • Jaundice
  • Inflammation
  • Smelly, thin, light-shaded stool
  • Immune problems like joint pain
  • For women, no periods
  • Cirrhosis and liver failure


Chronic viral hepatitis may be diagnosed with the following:

  • Blood tests
  • A small sample of the liver to look at under the microscope(biopsy)



Your doctor will treat your chronic viral hepatitis depending on the reason:

  • For hepatitis B, C, or E, your doctor will give you medicine to treat the disease
  • If you have an inflammatory reaction, your doctor will give you corticosteroids and may give you medicine to decrease the disturbance in the liver
  • If you have liver failure, you may require a liver transplant
  • Doctors will moreover treat any complexities your chronic viral hepatitis has caused.

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