Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and can have different causes. Chronic inflammation of the liver can lead to permanent damage (liver cirrhosis). Patients usually experience general malaise and whites of the eyes (sclera) turning yellow.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that may be acute (short term) or chronic (long term). Frequent causes of hepatitis are viruses (such as the hepatitis virus), substances that do damage to the liver (alcohol, drugs, medications), fatty liver due to obesity, as well an uncontrolled response of the immune system (an autoimmune disease).
The cause of hepatitis normally gets along with the risk factors that people are exposed. Groups at risk include travelers, drug users, health workers who come into contact with blood, alcoholics, and overweight people. Those affected may develop jaundice (icterus), which causes the white part of the eye and the skin to become yellow. The patient may feel apathetic and report a lack of appetite or nausea.
If the liver remains inflamed for a long time (chronic hepatitis), then permanent damage can arise (cirrhosis of the liver) and in rare cases it can even develop into cancer (carcinoma of the liver). Hepatitis should be handled by a doctor, preferably by a specialist (gastroenterologist). The nature of treatment depends on the cause. Vaccinations for pathogens (hepatitis A and B) can be administered in those cases. Substances that damage the liver (alcohol, some medication) should be avoided if possible. In the case of a fatty liver, treatment consists of losing weight to prevent any possible forms of diabetes. In the case of an autoimmune-related inflammation, medications that suppress the immune system (such as cortisone) can be administered.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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