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Hepatitis A: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV). A person contracts this illness from contaminated food, water and sometimes from sexual activities. The common symptoms of Hepatitis A are appetite loss, jaundice, nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue and fever. Hepatitis A does not have a fixed treatment. It can be managed by only controlling the symptoms. A person suffering from this condition should take sufficient rest, have nutritious diet and avoid alcohol to reduce stress on the liver.

How is the treatment done?

The treatment of Hepatitis A is extremely generic. The different symptoms that are present require moderate attention. In extreme cases, a person may suffer acute liver damage and need a liver transplant. If a person is at a risk of contracting Hepatitis A he can be given a immune serum globulin treatment that shall prevent an onset of the disease. Prevention plays a big role in this illness and this can be done by taking the Hepatitis A vaccine. This vaccine is given at the age of 1 year to keep children safe. Also, people travelling to countries where this disease is predominant should take this vaccine. The only medicated procedure that is followed to give relief to the patients is monitoring ORS to patients who are suffering from dehydration or IV fluids in more severe cases. Medicines like Acetamynophen should be avoided in this condition as they tend to deteriorate the liver condition.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)


Who is not eligible for the treatment?


Are there any side effects?


What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The post treatment guidelines encompass simple steps that should be followed on a daily basis. It is important to take a lot of rest to let your body recover. Do not forget to keep your body hydrated. Your liver might be at stake, so don’t put further pressure on it by indulging in alcoholic beverages. Physical exercise must not be done at a prolonged and vigorous rate. Do ensure to have a good personal hygiene so that you do not spread the HAV to the people around you.

How long does it take to recover?

Hepatitis A usually cures by itself in few months. It has been seen that the symptoms last for about two weeks to two months. In severe cases if liver damage occurs it can become life threatening and may or may not be curable.

What is the price of the treatment in India?


Are the results of the treatment permanent?


What are the alternatives to the treatment?


Popular Questions & Answers

I got hepatitis a, 3 months ago, now my alt is 210 and ast is 107. Is it normal that the enzymes are still high? Should I stay on rest until the enzymes are normal? Can I eat some chocolate? Can I go to work? When is it expected for the enzymes to go back to normal?

Assistant professor, Senior resident , MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
1. You can have chocolate. No issues with that. Infact it is recommended to have high card diet while recovering from hep a. 2. If you are not feeling weak, you can go to work. The enzymes will normalize in a period of 1-2 weeks.
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I am a 30 years old female, I have been diagnosed with hepatitis A almost three months ago. My liver enzymes are still high (between 210-160) it goes up and down. Is this normal? Could this be serious?

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
Dear Lybrate user, you should take healthy and light diet full of nutrition, plenty of water, fruits, juices and avoid junk oily and spicy food. For permanent cure, you should take homeopathic treatment and for best homeopathic treatment you may c...
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Hi, My friend is infected with hepatitis A and then after medication, It was in control but it effected on kidneys. Creatine levels are increased to 12. Can anyone suggest due to hepatitis it is going to effect on kidneys?

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Delhi
Dear Lybrate user, hepatitis actually effects kidney in various ways. Most common type of kidney disease called glomerulonephritis. But no need to worry this can be treated by homeopathic medicine and for better result you may contact us for homeo...
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I'm travelling in southeast asia and would like to know if it makes sense for me to get a hepatitis A vaccination. I have been only 1 day here, so I've heard that if I get the vaccination now, it could still provide me protection. But normally the course of treatment takes 3 months or more. Will I have protection from hepatitis a right away, if I take the vaccine tomorrow?

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Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Better you have to take at least 2 weeks before you leave although it can be given up to the day of your departure. You have to take vaccination.

What will be my ideal food in viral hepatitis to earn proper calorie and maintain strength?

Homeopath, Noida
The patient should rest in bed till the acute symptoms subside. He should not be given any solid foods for the first few days of the treatment. He may be given plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable juices. The idea is to provide a high carbohydrate...

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