There is no special treatment for hepatitis A, and most people who are infected usually recover on their own within a few months without treatment.
Since there is no medication that can kill the HAV, the goal of hepatitis A treatment is to relieve the symptoms associated with the disease while the body fights the infection.
Here are some things that you can do to help you feel better until the infection passes.
- Get plenty of rest
It is important to get plenty of rest as this can help your body to fight off the virus. So you will probably need to stay off work or school until the flu-like symptoms of hepatitis A pass.
- Drink a lot of fluids
If you’re having nausea and vomiting, you will become dehydrated. To keep your body hydrated, drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water or clear juices per day. If you’re having trouble eating enough calories, you can opt for fruit juices or milk as they contain more calories.
- Avoid alcohol drinks
Alcohol makes your liver work harder which can cause even more damage to the cells that are in fighting with the hepatitis A virus. Therefore people with the disease should avoid drinking any alcohol until they are fully recovered.
- Cope with nausea and vomiting
If you are infected with hepatitis A virus, you’re likely to have nausea and vomiting. To cope with it, try eating six smaller meals a day rather than three larger meals and avoid eating fatty foods.
- Taking medication with caution
Some medicines may harm your liver which can worsen your condition. So talk with your doctor before taking any prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
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