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What Is Hepatitis A?

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Dr. Radhika A (Md) 89% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi  •  13 years experience
What Is Hepatitis A?

What is Hepatitis A?

The hepatitis A virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation that affects your liver’s ability to function. The hepatitis A virus is found in the stool of an infected person. It is spread when a person eats food or drinks water that has come in contact with infected stool.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A-

Causes of Hepatitis A-

  • Eating food without carefully washing his or her hands after using the toilet
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Eating raw shellfish from water polluted with sewage
  • Being in close contact with a person who’s infected
  • Having sex with someone who has the virus

Risk factors of Hepatitis A-

  • Man who has sexual contact with other men
  • HIV positive
  • Use injected or non-injected illicit drugs
  • Living in a household with someone who has hepatitis A
  • Living in a community or travelling to countries where hepatitis A is common

Complications of Hepatitis A-

Acute liver failure


 Diagnosis of Hepatitis A-

Hepatitis A can be diagnosed by a blood test called IgM anti-HAV. A sample of blood is taken, usually from a vein in your arm, and sent to a laboratory for testing.

 Precautions & Prevention of Hepatitis A-

  •  Careful hand washing after using the bathroom
  • Wash your hands after changing a baby’s diaper
  • Wash your hands before preparing food or eating
  • Don’t share towels, eating utensils or toothbrushes

Treatment of Hepatitis A

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Hepatitis A
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Hepatitis A
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Hepatitis A
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Hepatitis A
  • Surgical Treatment of Hepatitis A
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Hepatitis A
  • Other Treatment of Hepatitis A

Homeopathic Treatment of Hepatitis A-

Homeopathic medicines have proved their efficacy in treating a wide range of viral infections. Homeopathic medicines help relieving the symptoms as well as improving immunity to prevent further complications. Some of the homeopathic remedies for hepatitis A are:

  • Chelidonium
  • Brynoia
  • Lycopodium
  • Phosphorous
  • Nux Vom
  • Arsenic

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Hepatitis A-

Acupuncture and herbs may be especially useful if Western drugs have not been able to reduce the viral load effectively. Acupuncturists usually diagnose hepatitis as Damp Heat in the Liver or Spleen.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Hepatitis A-

Allopathic treatment consists of interferon alfa-2b, recombinant alone or in combination with Rebavirin.

Surgical Treatment of Hepatitis A-

Hepatitis A is a viral infection. There is no surgical treatment for hepatitis A.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Hepatitis A-

  • Intake of diet that is low in protein
  • Avoid refined flours and sugars
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol

 

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