Hepatitis A is a transmissible viral infection that contaminates the liver. Most of the people get this infection when they are traveling abroad.
The illness spreads when a person ingests some drink or food which is contaminated by infected feces. The term used to describe this spread is “fecal-oral transmission”. This type of infection occurs when a waiter or cook doesn’t wash their hands after using the washroom. The drinks and food that can mostly house this virus are fruits, ice, vegetables, shellfish and water.
Common symptoms of Hepatitis-A.
People who are infected with this illness will experience some unlikeable symptoms. Some of these are jaundice, fever, fatigue, joint pain and nausea. All of the symptoms related to this illness are termed “non-specific”. This means that they are also symptoms of many other diseases. The only way to find if the person is infected with Hepatitis A is blood test. If the test comes negative, the patient will be tested for other illnesses.
How to prevent Hepatitis-A infection.
It can only be prevented with the help of Hepatitis A vaccine. The vaccination is usually given in the form of two doses. First is the initial vaccine followed by a booster vaccine shot given six months later.
Treatment of Hepatitis-A infection.
A patient suffering from Hepatitis A usually gets well in a few weeks without treatment. However, the symptoms might last for up to 6 months. Doctors may suggest the right medicine to help relieve your symptoms. You need to visit the doctor regularly to make sure your fully recovered.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This sections answers some of the most common questions regarding Hepatitis-A.
Q. Is it curable?
There is currently no treatment for hepatitis A, but it usually goes away on its own within a couple of months. It is best to look after yourself at home. However, you should also get a GP to do a blood test if you think you could have it, as more severe illnesses can have similar symptoms.
Q. Is it life-threatening?
Hepatitis A is rarely life threatening.
Q. Is it contagious?
Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver disease. People usually have the disease even before the symptoms reflect. However, the number of patients diagnosed with Hepatitis A have reduced since the invention of the vaccination.
Q. Is it possible to take other vaccines at the same time?
Yes, other inactivated or liver virus vaccines can be taken at the same time, but it should be given at a different anatomical area, if possible. If given in the same muscle, the injections should be separated with a minimum distance of 1 inch.
Q. Is it recommended for pregnant women?
The vaccines are considered safe if given to women who are at a risk of getting this infection.