Hepatitis E refers to the infection of the liver caused by a virus named as Hepatitis E. This virus results in the inflammation of the liver that is likely to recover within few months. Normally Hepatitis E is not considered so dangerous that it could lead to some serious condition as in case of other kinds of hepatitis. But still it can be harmful for persons with weak immunity system or pregnant women.
Symptoms of Hepatitis E
Hepatitis E shows some common symptoms as in common cold or jaundice. The symptoms are not so apparent to detect the presence of Hepatitis E virus in the patients. Following symptoms can be seen in the patients generally
- swelling or enlarged liver
- Loss of appetite
- Dark pee
- Poop of light colour
- Skin rashes or itching
- Belly pain
Hepatitis E normally spreads through the faeces or poop of an infected person. If someone after touching the poop of an infected patient, eats or drinks something, without washing hands properly can catch the disease easily. Other common causes of Hepatitis E are
- Contaminated water
- Poor sanitation
- Careless blood transfusion
- Contact with infected blood
- In contact with infected animals
- Natural disasters like flood
- Pregnant woman to new born baby
- Intake of contaminated or undercooked meat
Types of Hepatitis
Like other types of Hepatitis, Hepatitis E also has two types depending upon the nature of risk involved.
This type is a low risk type with lesser death rates. This type is temporary and the person recovers easily and sometimes itself. The favorable time for the infection to develop is 3 to 8 weeks.
Individuals with weak immune systems or who are on medication to weaken one’s immune system for any special medical treatment are at a higher risk of developing chronic hepatitis E.
This disease can only be diagnosed by a laboratory test. The test confirms the presence of the virus in the blood and stool of the patient.
Sometimes, the authorized practitioner can ask the patient for a blood test. In the blood test the presence of HEV or HEV RNA is checked to see whether the patient is suffering from Hepatitis E or not. Generally Liver function test, blood count, blood clotting and flow time are detected to see the presence of virus and the condition of the patient.
The stool test can also be recommended by the doctor as the virus of this disease is widely spread and present in the stool of the patient.
Once the virus is detected inside the patient, next step is to know the true stage of the disease plus the extent of the damage the virus has caused to the liver. Thus true picture can be seen through ultrasonography, CT scan and MRI.
For the detailed study of Hepatitis E liver biopsy is the best and final solution. The doctor may collect a sample of liver tissues to be examined in labs for further details untold in blood tests and scans.
Homeopathic Treatment for Hepatitis E
Homeopathy has a great deal of remedies for Hepatitis E. A number of medicines are available that help in relieving mild to severe symptoms of the disease. Some of Homeopathic remedies for Hepatitis E are as follow
The cases of Hepatitis E where patient becomes sensitive to food with the feelings of nausea, ask for Arsenicum Album as the best Homeo remedy. The patient becomes so sensitive that it can not tolerate the sight and smell of food. Normally retching is common in such patients but vomiting is also seen after food intake due to irritation in the stomach. Whatever he eats seems to be stuck inside the esophagus. Arsenicum Album is also very best to control the excessive thirst in the patients of Hepatitis E.
Lycopodium is the best remedy for the patients of Hepatitis E who suffer form indigestion with severe pain in the upper abdomen. The patient feels extreme pressure inside the stomach with the sour taste of food. Lycopodium also helps in relieving the swollen liver and the associated pain that is felt in the lower abdomen. The sharp shooting pain that spreads across the abdomen is best relieved using this medicine.
Pale skin and eyes along with nausea and vomiting is common in the patients of the Hepatitis E. The general symptoms of the disease like pale skin, vomiting, sore liver and sharp pain is best relieved using Homeo remedy Natrum Sulphuricum. The patient feels such sharp unbearable stitching pain inside the abdomen that can not even bear touch of clothes around waist. The patient does not even get relief on lying rather feels bruised pain when lies on his left side. The urge of passing stool also increases when pressure is applied on the abdomen.
Chelidonium is one of the best Homeo remedy for not only Hepatitis E but all of its types. This medicine is very best in relieving the general symptoms of Hepatitis like pale skin, jaundice, extreme pain and lethargy. Chelidonium is especially best remedy when eating food causes pain and the patient feels sharp desire for warm food or drinks. This medicine helps in relieving such craving as well as helps in controlling pain associated with it.
Phosphorus is the best remedy in Homeopathy for the conditions where Hepatitis E is associated with jaundice, cirrhosis and liver degeneration. There is a tendency of extreme sweating at the night along with discomfort during sleep in the patients of Hepatitis E. The affected individuals often become sensitive in nature and sometime to temperature.
Hepatitis E having stress and rich food as its root cause needs Nux Vomica to relieve the problem. This medicine is especially best when the patient is inclined to indigestion with pain and bitter burping. Another main reason of selecting Nux Vomica for Hepatitis E remedy is the high use of alcohol. Persons who are inclined to excessive alcoholism are at the disposal of Hepatitis E and need Nux Vomica to get rid of painful symptoms of the disease.
Note: Please do not use any of these medicines on your own without consulting a professional homeopathic doctor.