Hepatitis A

  • Alternative Names

    Viral hepatitis; Infectious hepatitis


    Treatment

    There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A. Rest is recommended when the symptoms are most severe. People with acute hepatitis should avoid alcohol and any substances that are toxic to the liver, including acetaminophen (Tylenol).

    Fatty foods may cause vomiting, because substances from the liver are needed to digest fats. Fatty foods are best avoided during the acute phase.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    The virus does not remain in the body after the infection has gone away.

    Over 85% of people with hepatitis A recover within 3 months. Nearly all patients get better within 6 months.

    There is a low risk of death, usually among the elderly and persons with chronic liver disease.


    Complications

    There are usually no complications. One in a thousand cases becomes fulminant hepatitis, which can be life threatening.


    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of hepatitis.