Hepatitis E is another disease that impacts the liver in a negative way, leading to inflammation, poor functioning and other related problems too. This infection can be acquired through drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated. The common symptoms include feeling tired, loss of weight, fever, yellow skin and sore muscles.
HOW IS HEPATITIS E DIAGNOSED?
Hepatitis E is detected by a blood test that looks for antibodies (protein substances) produced by your body’s immune system to fight the virus. The blood test for antibodies should distinguish your infection from hepatitis A or B. A PCR test may also be done on the blood sample given. The most accurate way of making a diagnosis is by using both tests together.
HOW IS HEPATITIS E TREATED?
Treatment for the same is done by giving antibiotics to boost antibodies that fight the Hepatitis E virus. Alongside the doctor would put you on a strict diet and advice drinking only boiled water and eating light food. If you are pregnant then other measures would be taken to prevent your child from getting acutely infected.
DID YOU KNOW?
The virus is shed in the stools of infected persons and enters the human body through the intestine. It is transmitted mainly through contaminated drinking water. Occasionally a serious disease, known as fulminant hepatitis (acute liver failure) develops and a proportion of people with this disease can die.