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Hepatitis E: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2024

What is the treatment?

There are no synonyms for Hepatitis E.

How is the treatment done?

Hepatitis E is termed as a virus that mainly affects the liver. Unlike its predecessors, the hepatitis virus is short lived and does not cause any long term damage.

It is majorly caused by the food and water consumed by an individual. It can also occur due to contamination caused by feces or stool of another individual infected by Hepatitis E. Raw meat or undercooked food, especially from animals like pig can also be one of the reasons for the spread of this disease.

This disease is a one time occurrence and is very unlikely to infect the same person again.

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

Hepatitis E can be combated with the help of the vaccination. In other cases, it only requires only requires symptomatic treatment which helps to clear the virus from the body. Immunosuppressive therapy should be minimised as it helps to clear the virus by 50% from the body. Antiviral therapy should be considered for patients for whom immunosuppressive therapy cannot be reduced and for those who do not achieve viral clearance after reducing immunosuppression.

A healthy diet devoid of unhygienic drinks and food should be maintained.

Drug or alcohol abuse should be avoided for the longest time possible.

Water should be consumed adequately to avoid dehydration.

A follow up should be maintained with the doctor and no medicines or herbal products should be taken without his or her consultation.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Anyone diagnosed with Hepatitis E is eligible to undergo treatment, as it requires only antibiotics or a vaccination at most to cure it.


Are there any side effects?

Hepatitis E can pose as a threat to pregnant women and caution should be hence maintained while treating the same.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

No, there are no side effects to the treatment of Hepatitis E.

How long does it take to recover?

Proper rest should be taken after Hepatitis E is treated.

Adequate water should be consumed to avoid dehydration in the body.

A healthy and balanced diet should be maintained, which does not include raw or uncooked meats.

Unhygienic living conditions should be strictly avoided.

Drug and alcohol abuse should be kept to a minimum.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Generally, it takes about 2 months to completely rid the body of Hepatitis E and its symptoms.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The price of the treatment ranges from Rs. 1, 000 to Rs. 3, 000.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Yes, the results of the treatment for Hepatitis E are permanent.


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