Viral hepatitis or Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver's ability to function. The symptoms are:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area of your liver on your right side beneath your lower ribs
• Clay-colored bowel movements
• Loss of appetite
• Low-grade fever
• Dark urine
• Joint pain
• Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
HOW IS VIRAL HEPATITIS DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose the illness, the doctor will:
• Ask you questions about your health history
• Do a physical exam
• Order blood tests
Hepatitis infections are diagnosed with blood tests that look for parts of the virus or antibodies your body makes in response to the virus.
HOW IS VIRAL HEPATITIS TREATED?
Viral hepatitis will often get better on its own after several weeks to several months. However, when hepatitis becomes a chronic or long-term illness, the infection may need to be treated with specific medications called antivirals.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sexual activity should be completely avoided when you are suffering from viral hepatitis.