Hepatitis A: Causes, Symptoms, Checkup, Treatment and Precaution

Hepatitis A Causes

What is hepatitis A? virus ?

Hepatitis A, also known as hep A, is a contagious liver infection caused by Hepatitis A virus.

The hepatitis A virus is not always dangerous. Mostly people infected with it do get better with proper care and medications. It takes a while,  some people have mild illness and recover within a few weeks, others have illness that lasts a few months as well.

Causes!

Hepatitis A virus causes Hepatitis A. It is transmitted to others by contaminated stools (feces), foods prepared by an infected person, contaminated water, and close personal contact (for example, touching hands, sex) with an infected person, but not by sneezing, cough, hugging (without skin contact) or by being near an infected person.

Hepatitis A SymptomsSymptoms!

Hepatitis A causes inflammation in the liver. Some people might not have any symptoms, others maybe show the following symptoms-

  • (yellow eyes and skin)
  • Body pain
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Dark urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Belly pain
  • Vomiting
  • Itching
  • Plain colour stools
  • Fever
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Sore muscles
  • Losing weight without trying

Diagnosis & Treatment!

Hepatitis A is diagnosed with a blood test.

Hepatis A is not easily curable by medications. Certain measures can be taken to ensure that it goes away, doctors call it supportive care. Also, doctors conduct regular liver checks to ensure its functioning fine and that the body is healing as required.

  • It is important to get proper rest. Body can feel tired and fatigued, so its necessary to relax.
  • It is not advisable to drink alcohol. Alcohol & medications are difficult for your liver to handle with this virus.
  • Try to eat healthy, lesser but frequent meal. Consuming all nutrients is very important, along with keeping self well hydrated.

Hepatitis A TreatmentPrecautions

    • Get vaccinated against the virus.
    • If already infected, take the shot within 2 weeks of being infected for some protection.
    • Maintaining good hygiene is important, for example washing hands before and after using the bathroom, before handling food and if changing diapers.
    • Avoid drinking tap water, especially in places with poor sanitation.
    • Avoid eating raw food.

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