Definition: Hepatitis A is a viral infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Many people in India call this disease ‘Jaundice’. Infections with Hepatitis A virus are mild in majority cases, with most people making a full recovery. In rare instances, a person with a compromised immunity may develop severe and life-threatening complications.
Hepatitis A virus is transmitted through food or water contaminated with feces of infected persons. You have higher chances of getting infected with the disease if you are in close contact with a person who is carrying the virus, even if he has no signs or symptoms.
Signs and symptoms
After being exposed to the virus, it takes around 2 to 7 weeks to develop signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A. Symptoms usually last for about 2 months but may last longer in some cases.
Symptoms and signs that you may suffer from are:
- Feeling very tired
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Pain in abdomen especially on the right side underneath the ribs, the site where your liver is located.
- Soreness and aches in muscles
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low-grade fever
- Running nose, cough and sore throat may be found in kids
After some days, you may develop certain symptoms that indicate the liver is affected, such as:
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Developing Yellow skin and yellow color of the white part of your eyes (Jaundice).
- Itching of skin
Risk factors for developing Hepatitis A:
You’re at increased risk of hepatitis A if you are:
- Living with a person affected with Hepatitis A
- Travelling to an area with high incidence of Hepatitis A
- HIV positive
Depending on the presenting symptoms, severity and origin of symptoms you should go and visit physician.
If needed and if the presenting symptoms match the symptoms manifested by the virus, doctor can suggest you for a blood test.
Hepatitis A Virus Test Hepatitis A virus blood test detects the protein made in response to the virus, by the body. This little information about the blood test can help you.
IgM Anti – HAV
- This directs towards the conclusion that it is a recent infection (HAV).
- Can be detected within a span of 2 -3 weeks.
- It is self limiting
- Anti – bodies disappears from the body within 3 â€“ 12 months of time.
IgG Anti – HAV
- It shows you had chronic infection with HAV.
- After the initial first infection later 8-12 weeks these antibodies are formed resulting in life-long protection against HAV. Results of the blood tests:
- Negative results means that no antibodies against the hepatitis virus were found.
- Positive results mean that hepatitis A antibodies were found. Results are usually available in 5 to 7 days.
Hepatitis A Test
- Negative: No hepatitis A virus (HAV) antibodies are found
- Positive: Hepatitis A virus (HAV) antibodies are found If yes,
Then more test are needed to see if it’s an active infection or in latent phase (resolved)
Complications of Hepatitis A
Viruses causing hepatitis in some or the other way are bad for the body. But Hepatitis A virus does not prove to damage liver on a long-term basis and rarely cause irreversible pathological changes. Rarely it can become dangerous causing acute live failure requiring hospitalization.
How to prevent Hepatitis A
It is possible to prevent Hepatitis A infection.
- Hand washing compliance
- Eating food only from hygienic places.
- Avoid eating out mostly in rainy weather as water born diseases are common in this season.
- Not to use personal care things of infected persons-like tooth brush, razor, towels etc.
- Drinking boiled water.
As we know that Hepatitis A is an acute outbreak of symptoms affecting liver superficially on the functional level. Mere keeping in mind the general precautions with the conventional treatment brings quick relief.
- Take complete rest
- Take plenty of fluids in diet
- Increase the intake of Glucose in diet
- Specifically to avoid deep fried food.
- To avoid fats in food, i.e. ghee, milk products, refined or white flour (Maida).
- To take plenty of fruits, soups and bland diet.
Homeopathic Treatment for Hepatitis A
Homeopathy is known to work to the immunological level, and has proven its efficacy in the treatment of a wide range of viral infections. With homeopathic medicines, the cases of Hepatitis A are better controlled and symptomatic relief is also obtained very well. The best part of homeopathic treatment is that the disease is kept under control and general health improved without any kind of side-effects whatsoever. Some medications which act wonderfully on the acute exacerbation of Hepatitis A virus are Natrum sulphuricum, Chelidonium majus, Pulsatilla nigra, Bryonia alba, Nux vomica, and many more.
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