While 1.4 million cases of Hepatitis A occur each year, it essentially refers to inflammation of the liver caused by exposure to toxins, immune diseases, alcohol abuse or infection. While Hepatitis A is a type of Hepatitis that is caused by the hepatitis A virus, the major cause of Hepatitis is viruses. The common type of Hepatitis A symptoms are fever, fatigue, body aches, dark urine, loss of appetite and jaundice.
HOW IS HEPATITIS A DIAGNOSED?
Gastroenterologists diagnose Hepatitis A based on your symptoms. Confirmation of diagnosis is through a blood test to detect the presence of Hepatitis A virus.
HOW IS HEPATITIS A TREATED?
Of the different types of Hepatitis infections, type A is perhaps the mildest form and in many cases the condition may go away without any treatment. But since it is a contagious disorder, a lot of precautions have to be taken so that the affected person does not pass it in even inadvertently to others. These include washing hands frequently.
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a preventive vaccination available for Hepatitis A that can minimize your risks to the disease. Infants too are given this vaccination to help reduce their risks of getting this infection in the future.