1. Definition of chronic hepatitis
Chronic hepatitis (or chronic) is an inflammation of the liver that leads to the destruction of liver cells. A disease lasting for more than six months can be considered chronic hepatitis.
The causes of chronic hepatitis are often related to hepatitis virus, weakened immune function, metabolic function, and liver microcirculation system disorder.
2. Clinical manifestations and dangers of chronic hepatitis
Chronic hepatitis is less common than acute hepatitis, but it has a very long incubation period, lasting many years or even decades.
Clinical manifestations of chronic hepatitis are not consistent. Some patients have no discomfort early, and others feel anorexia, fatigue, low temperature, upper abdominal pain. After a long incubation period, Severely ill people will seriously damage the liver, causing a variety of liver diseases.
3. Hepatitis transmission routes
Routes of transmission include: from mother to child, broken skin and mucous membranes, sexual route. Transmission during labor and delivery is the predominant mode of transmission from mother to child, usually occurring in exposure to the blood & body fluids of a mother infected with HBV (hepatitis B virus). At birth, a small percentage of mother-to-child transmission is due to intrauterine infection. In addition, sharing razors, toothbrushes can also be infected with hepatitis B. The level of HBV infection in sex with people infected with HBV and people who have unprotected sex is very high. Hugging, sneezing, coughing, eating, and sharing eating utensils and drinking glasses usually will not transmit hepatitis.