Hepatitis Screening

CoreMed Plus is a healthcare provider that specializes in screening and treating hepatitis. Hepatitis is a disease that causes liver inflammation and can have severe complications if left untreated. CoreMed Plus offers various services to help people with hepatitis, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care. Their healthcare professionals include doctors, nurses, and support staff trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing hepatitis. Whether you are concerned that you may have hepatitis or have been diagnosed with the disease and are seeking treatment, CoreMed Plus can help you manage your symptoms, prevent further liver damage, and live a healthy and fulfilling life.

What is Hepatitis

Hepatitis refers to the inflammation of the liver caused by various viruses or other factors such as alcohol abuse, autoimmune diseases, or certain medications. The liver is an essential organ that is crucial to the body’s metabolism, digestion, and detoxification processes. When the liver is inflamed, it may not function properly, leading to various symptoms and complications.

There are several types of hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. A different virus causes each type and has different modes of transmission, symptoms, and treatments. Hepatitis A and E are typically acute infections that do not result in chronic liver disease. At the same time, hepatitis B, C, and D can cause chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer if left untreated.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted through contaminated food or water or by close contact with an infected person. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, and jaundice. Most people recover from hepatitis A within a few weeks with rest and supportive care, but in rare cases, it can cause liver failure and death.

Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood, semen, or other body fluids of an infected person. It can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth. Most people who contract hepatitis B will recover within a few months, but some may develop chronic hepatitis B, leading to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Vaccination is available to prevent hepatitis B.

Hepatitis C is also transmitted through blood and can lead to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Many people with hepatitis C have no symptoms for years until liver damage has occurred. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, but new treatments are available to cure the infection in most cases.

Hepatitis D only affects people who are already infected with hepatitis B, and it can cause more severe liver damage than hepatitis B alone. There is a vaccine for hepatitis B, which can prevent hepatitis D.

Hepatitis E is usually transmitted through contaminated water or food, and symptoms are similar to hepatitis A. It is typically a self-limited infection, but in pregnant women, it can lead to a severe form of hepatitis and fetal death.

Apart from viral hepatitis, there are other forms of hepatitis caused by factors such as alcohol abuse, autoimmune diseases, or certain medications. Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by excessive alcohol consumption, which can lead to inflammation and scarring of the liver. Autoimmune hepatitis occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the liver. Certain medications and toxins can also cause hepatitis, which is called drug-induced hepatitis.

Symptoms of Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a disease that can affect the liver, and there are several types of hepatitis, each with different symptoms. However, some common symptoms of hepatitis include fatigue, flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, and jaundice.

Fattigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of hepatitis, and a feeling of tiredness or lack of energy characterizes it. This can occur early in the course of the disease and can persist for several weeks or months.

Flu-Like Symptoms

Flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and body aches are common in people with hepatitis. These symptoms can be mistaken for a cold or the flu, but they may last longer than typical flu symptoms and may not improve with over-the-counter medications.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is another symptom of hepatitis, and it can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. The pain may be felt in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, where the liver is located, and may be accompanied by bloating or a feeling of fullness.

Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is also common in people with hepatitis, and it may be accompanied by weight loss or malnutrition. Nausea and vomiting can also occur, and certain foods or medications may exacerbate them.

Dark Urine

Dark urine is a common symptom of hepatitis, and it is caused by the buildup of bilirubin in the body. Bilirubin is a waste product that is normally excreted in the urine, but in people with hepatitis, it can build up in the blood and cause the urine to appear dark or brown.

Jaundice

Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes, a hallmark symptom of hepatitis. It is caused by the buildup of bilirubin in the blood, and it may be accompanied by itching or rash. Jaundice can also cause the stools to appear pale or clay-colored.

In addition to these common symptoms, some people with hepatitis may experience more severe symptoms such as confusion, disorientation, or difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can indicate a more advanced stage of the disease and may require hospitalization or specialized treatment.

It is important to note that some people with hepatitis may not experience any symptoms, particularly in the early stages of the disease. This is particularly true for people with chronic hepatitis, which can progress slowly over many years without causing noticeable symptoms. For this reason, it is essential to get regular medical check-ups and to be screened for hepatitis if you are at risk for the disease.

Hepatitis is a serious disease that can cause symptoms, from mild fatigue and abdominal pain to severe jaundice and confusion. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, particularly if you have risk factors for hepatitis, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, many people with hepatitis can manage the disease and prevent serious complications.

Treatment of Hepatitis

The treatment for hepatitis depends on the type of hepatitis and the severity of the disease. While some cases of hepatitis may resolve independently with supportive care, others may require antiviral medications, hospitalization, or liver transplantation.

For acute hepatitis, a short-term infection, treatment may focus on managing symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, and abdominal pain. Rest, hydration, and a healthy diet may be recommended to help the body fight the infection. In some cases, antiviral medications may be prescribed to help the body clear the virus more quickly.

For chronic hepatitis, a long-term infection, treatment may focus on managing the disease and preventing further liver damage. Antiviral medications may be used to suppress the virus and reduce the risk of complications such as cirrhosis or liver cancer. Sometimes, liver transplantation may be necessary if the liver has been severely damaged.

CoreMed Plus is a healthcare provider that specializes in screening and treating hepatitis. They offer various services to help people with hepatitis, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care. Their healthcare professionals include doctors, nurses, and support staff trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing hepatitis.

CoreMed Plus offers a range of diagnostic tests to screen for hepatitis, including blood tests, imaging tests, and liver function tests. They can also perform biopsies to evaluate liver damage’s severity and guide treatment decisions.

Once a diagnosis of hepatitis has been made, CoreMed Plus can develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to the individual’s needs and preferences. This may include antiviral medications, lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, and ongoing monitoring to ensure the disease is managed effectively.

CoreMed Plus also offers support and education for people with hepatitis and their families. They can provide:

  • Information on managing symptoms.
  • Preventing further liver damage.
  • Living a healthy and fulfilling life with hepatitis.

Hepatitis is a severe disease that requires prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment. CoreMed Plus is a healthcare provider specializing in screening and treating hepatitis. They can help people with the disease manage their symptoms, prevent further liver damage, and live a healthy and fulfilling life. If you are concerned that you may have hepatitis or have been diagnosed with the disease and are seeking treatment, contact CoreMed Plus to learn more about their services and how they can help you.

Hepatitis Quick Facts

  • Hepatitis is a disease that causes liver inflammation, and viruses, alcohol abuse, autoimmune disorders, and certain medications can cause it.
  • There are five main types of viral hepatitis: A, B, C, D, and E. A different virus causes each type and has different modes of transmission, symptoms, and treatments.
  • Hepatitis A and E are typically acute infections that do not result in chronic liver disease. At the same time, hepatitis B, C, and D can cause chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer if left untreated.
  • Hepatitis A is usually transmitted through contaminated food or water or by close contact with an infected person. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, and jaundice.
  • Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood, semen, or other body fluids of an infected person. It can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth. Most people who contract hepatitis B will recover within a few months, but some may develop chronic hepatitis B, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
  • Hepatitis C is also transmitted through blood and can lead to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Many people with hepatitis C have no symptoms for years until liver damage has already occurred.
  • Hepatitis D only affects people who are already infected with hepatitis B, and it can cause more severe liver damage than hepatitis B alone.
  • Hepatitis E is usually transmitted through contaminated water or food, and symptoms are similar to hepatitis A. It is typically a self-limited infection, but in pregnant women, it can lead to a severe form of hepatitis and fetal death.
  • Symptoms of hepatitis may include fatigue, flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, and jaundice.
  • Diagnosis of hepatitis typically involves blood tests to check for liver function, liver enzymes, and the presence of viral antigens or antibodies. Imaging tests such as ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI may also be used to evaluate liver damage.
  • Treatment of hepatitis depends on the underlying cause and severity of the infection. Supportive care such as rest, hydration, and a healthy diet may be recommended for mild cases of hepatitis. Antiviral medications are available for certain types of viral hepatitis, such as hepatitis B and C.
  • Prevention of hepatitis includes practicing good hygiene, avoiding contact with contaminated blood or body fluids, and getting vaccinated for hepatitis A and B. People who have chronic hepatitis should avoid alcohol and get regular medical check-ups.
  • Hepatitis can cause serious complications such as cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are important for managing the disease and preventing complications.
  • Hepatitis affects millions worldwide and is a leading cause of liver disease and liver cancer. Public health efforts are focused on preventing the spread of hepatitis through vaccination, education, and screening programs.

Meet Briahnnon Long NP-BC

Briahnnon Long, NP-BC, graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She then pursued her Master of Science in Nursing and graduated from The University of Michigan Flint in 2020 and became board certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She works in the acute care setting as a hospitalist as well as in the subacute care setting at a skilled nursing facility. In the primary care setting she has special interests in health and wellness, preventative medicine and chronic care management. She loves being outdoors, cheering on her husband and two children in hockey and also enjoys camping and boating in the summer. 

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CoreMed Plus is a healthcare provider offering comprehensive and compassionate care to people with hepatitis. With their expert team of healthcare professionals, they provide top-notch screening, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care for this potentially life-threatening condition. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with hepatitis for some time, CoreMed Plus can provide personalized treatment and support to manage your symptoms and lead a healthy, fulfilling life. By working with CoreMed Plus, you can take control of your health and get back to living your best life!

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.