Types and Massage Considerations for Viral Hepatitis


There are five different types of viral hepatitis. All types of viral hepatitis damage liver cells. Hepatitis A, also known as infectious hepatitis, is transmitted via the oral-fecal route. Hepatitis B, also known as serum hepatitis, is contracted through sexual contact or through blood contact like sharing needles or contaminated instruments used in tattooing. Hepatitis C is also transmitted through blood contact. Hepatitis D, also known as delta hepatitis, is contracted through sexual contact or through contaminated instruments like needles or passed from mother to child during birth. The last type of hepatitis is Hepatitis D which is passed along through the oral/fecal route, typically from contaminated waters from natural disasters. Viruses that cause hepatitis cannot be eliminated; however, there are medicines that can slow viral replications and medications that can help to manage the symptoms. Massage considerations depend on the patients symptoms. If the patient has a fever or jaundice, massage is contraindicated. If the patient has clearance to receive a massage, avoid the abdomen, do not use deep pressure, and reduce treatment time to 30 minutes to avoid the client from becoming fatigued.


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