Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis E virus (HEV). HEV infection usually results in a self-limited, acute illness. The symptoms of hepatitis E show up within several weeks of exposure. They include:
• Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
• Dark urine
• Joint pain
• Loss of appetite
• Pain in the abdomen
• Liver enlargement
• Acute liver failure are also symptoms
HOW IS HEPATITIS E DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose Hepatitis E, the doctor will conduct a blood test to look for the virus. It is always advised to visit a Homeopath, General Physician or Gastroenterologist to seek medical help.
HOW IS HEPATITIS E TREATED?
There is no specific treatment for hepatitis E infection lasting less than six months. Most people who have hepatitis E will go on to recover completely within four weeks from the start of their symptoms. The doctor may advise you to rest, drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol and practice good hygiene until the infection subsides. Pregnant women, people with suppressed immune systems or people with acute liver failure will likely be hospitalized and monitored.
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.