Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is the clinical disease characterized by the inflammation of the liver caused by the Hepatotrophic Hepatitis Type A virus. It is a highly contagious disease transmitted via oral and fecal route, exhibiting self limiting signs of jaundice, fever, weakness and vomiting. Your physician will first conduct a Q and A session and may perform a series of tests to identify the condition and rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.

There are no specific treatments for Hepatitis A. Usually, the body passes the virus out completely without anti-viral medications. In most cases, the liver completely heals within a month or two with no complications. Treatment options only focus on the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A virus, as follows.

Loss of Energy – Individuals with Hepatitis A typically complain of loss of energy because they feel very sickly. Hepatitis A may last for one to two months and so does the weakness. Individuals should strive to rest until they regain their energy.

Persistent Nausea – During the inflammation of the liver, individuals usually persistently feel nauseated and may have difficulty feeding. One may better support their dietetic needs by having small snacks throughout the day rather than three large meals a day. Creatively, make your food appealing to the senses. Go for high caloric foods, such as fruit juice or milk rather than plain water for a drink.

Liver Rest – During the inflammation of the liver, the liver may have a hard time processing some medications and alcohol. One must consult their physicians to find out what over the counter medications to avoid during the disease process. Alcohol should be strictly avoided.

Outcome

A great majority of Hepatitis A cases heals completely without a trace. Only a very rare few result in a fulminant case that is potentially life threatening.

It is important to recognize that medications and medical procedures are associated with benefits and risks that should be discussed with your physician. It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition. Your Health Access disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.