Does hepatitis cause yellow eyes?

Have you ever woken up with a hangover and noticed that your eyes were looking more yellow than usual? Don’t panic, it might just be hepatitis. But what is hepatitis? And does it really cause yellow eyes? Keep on reading to find out.

What Is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by viral infections, autoimmune diseases, or exposure to alcohol, drugs, and toxins (watch out for those chemtrails!) The three most common types of viral hepatitis are:
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Hepatitis C

And while they all have similar symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, and fever – only one can give you the infamous yellow eyes!

How Can You Get Viral Hepatitis?

We know what you’re thinking: “viral-hepatitis-yuck!” (see what we did there?), but how do we get this disease – Through alien abduction? Human sacrifice?
Nope! You can contract it through:

  1. Contaminated food or water;
  2. Blood transfusions;
  3. Sharing needles with infected people;
  4. Unprotected sex (not recommended).

And now let’s dig into our main question!

Can Yellow Eyes Be a Symptom of Viral Heptatis?

The answer is YES! When someone has acute viral hepatitis (most commonly HEPATITIS A), their whites become inflamed because their liver isn’t functioning properly due to scarring.
This causes bilirubin (a brownish-yellow substance) to accumulate in their blood instead of being excreted into bile thus giving us those funny-looking peepers that make us look like Simpsons’ family characters.
Think Marge meets Bart meets eyeballs!

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY EYES ARE YELLOW?

Before freaking out over possible jaundice, try these basic medical tests:

  1. Press down gently on your forehead with a finger;
  2. Observe the color of the whites around each iris.

But be warned! A lot of things can cause yellow eyes:
– [x] Hepatitis (haha);
– [x] Blocked bile ducts;

And even (brace for it!) gory movies that make us squeal and our eyes teary and red!

So how can you know if this symptom is related to hepatitis or just an unfortunate side effect from binging The Walking Dead?

What Other Symptoms Can Hepatitis Cause?

It’s not just about having funky peepers.
Here are some more symptoms associated with viral hepatitis:

  1. Nausea and vomiting;
  2. Stomach pain;
  3. Dark urine (watch out for those phosphor dyes!);
  4. Pale stools;
  5. Fever;
  6. Joint pain.

The severity of these symptoms may vary depending on the type of virus causing hepatitis & whether it’s acute or chronic (meaning long-lasting).

IS THERE TREATMENT FOR VIRAL HEPATITIS?

Fortunately, yes!
There are several antiviral medications available nowadays which help cure many kinds of bacterial infections like tuberculosis, Lyme disease etcetera… Wait – we’re getting off track here again.
As we were saying: there are treatments available based on which specific strain you have, but best advice is always prevention:
– Vaccines
– Safe sex practices
– Wearing gloves

Remember: “wrap it before you tap it”.

Conclusion

Well folks, in conclusion (time flies when one’s hair colour resembles a Simpsons’ character!) does hepatisis really cause yellow eyes? It sure does! But don’t forget: other factors might come into play so stay vigilant yet laid-back at all times!

To best protect your liver, avoid risky behaviors and take vaccines recommended by your doctor. And if you’re experiencing symptoms of viral hepatitis or just wish to learn more – schedule an appointment with them as soon as possible.
Take care of yourselves folks – drink plenty of water, get enough rest & (most importantly) keep those peepers clear!

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