Hepatitis is inflammation (pain, swelling, and redness) in the liver that happens when the immune system attacks viruses, bacteria, and other substances to protect the body from harm. Viral hepatitis is caused by the hepatitis B and C viruses.
Hepatitis B and C are spread through infected blood or body fluids from blood transfusions, unprotected sex, contaminated needles, or childbirth. Some viruses, such as herpes simplex virus (HSV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and cytomegalovirus (CMV), can cause viral hepatitis.
Symptoms of viral hepatitis vary. Some people have no symptoms, while others may have:
- Abdominal pain
- Body itching (pruritus)
- Muscle and joint pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss/lack of appetite
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
If you or a loved one have symptoms of viral hepatitis, contact an expert South Florida hepatologist (liver specialist) at University of Miami Health System for a full evaluation.
Why Choose UHealth?
Researching breakthroughs in treating viral hepatitis. We’re actively conducting clinical trial research for new and safer medicines for viral hepatitis. We bring what we learn to you, faster.
Special expertise in related conditions. Our liver specialists and care teams treat viral hepatitis and have special expertise in related conditions, including liver cancer and cirrhosis. We can predict problems before they happen and, if necessary, begin treatment right away.
Seamless services from providers who care about you. Our hepatology teams provide treatment in the hospital or outpatient (clinic) offices in South Florida. We’re here for all your needs.