Hepatitis A is disorder of the liver in the form of inflammation which is caused due to a viral infection. The underlying causes of the infections could be due to habits like excessive alcohol consumption or drug abuse or in some cases, as a side effect of taking certain medicines as well. It is observed that in the milder forms of the inflammation, there are very few symptoms. But when the condition worsens, jaundice like symptoms and fatigue, nausea and belly pain are felt.
HOW IS HEPATITIS A DIAGNOSED?
A blood test is relied upon by the Gastroenterologist to diagnose Hepatitis A and also to know the extent or severity of the condition. As mentioned, the disorder does pose this problem of not showing symptoms till it gets acute, many authorities, therefore, insist on getting the test done as a precautionary measure.
HOW IS HEPATITIS A TREATED?
In most cases, the doctor recommends a blood test to check the presence of a bacterial infection. While the blood test reveals the presence/absence of Hepatitis A virus, doctors start the medication immediately.
DID YOU KNOW?
Practicing good hygiene is important for prevention of Hepatitis A.