Monthly Health Awareness

 

 

    Understanding The Effects Of Hepatitis

 

  • Hepatitis is a disease. which causes inflammation of the liver.

  • There are 3 main types of hepatitis, A, B, and C. Their effects range from not usually serious(A) to serious (C). Rarer forms of hepatitis include hepatitis D, E and autoimmune hepatitis.

  • one in twenty people will have been exposed to hepatitis B. More likely than not, someone you know will have hepatitis B even though they may display no obvious symptoms.

  • "Being infected is like having a time bomb inside you. You don't know when it is going to go off or if it is going to go off."

  • Most people don't know they have it until they get sick. There is a lot of ignorance about hepatitis B and a lot of stigmas associated with this disease. People with hepatitis B can get liver cancer and there is a strong link between them. The hepatitis virus repeatedly attacks the liver causing damage which can result in liver cancer.

  • Hepatitis B accounts for about 80% of liver cancer cases; more than half a million people die from liver cancer each year. Worldwide, hepatitis B is the third most common cause of death from cancer in males; across gender, it is the seventh most common cause of death from cancer.

 

    The Fight Against Lyme Disease

 

  • Lyme disease is an acute inflammatory disease caused by the bite of a tick infected with the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi; Lyme disease is spread through the bite of ticks which carry Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.

  • There are several species of ticks which carry and spread Lyme disease depending on the region. For example, in the United States, the deer tick or black-legged tick(Ixodes scapularis) spreads the disease in the north central and eastern parts. The western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacifus) spreads Lyme disease on the west (Pacific) coast. Both species of ticks are found in wooded areas. The life cycle of the Ixodes tick is complex.

 

      Symptoms

 

  • There are two types of symptoms of Lyme Disease: first and late symptoms. First symptoms are usually flu-like and include fatigue, tiredness, joint and muscle pain, and also a characteristic rash. Late symptoms can take much longer to develop: weeks, months or even years. Late symptoms may include fatigue, mental health issues, condition arthritis, and chronic encephalomyelitis.

  • Chronic encephalomyelitis is a progressive condition (symptoms become worse or more widespread), and include back pain, bladder problems, vertigo and weakness in the legs. Late Lyme disease can also cause brain, joint, and heart infection