Hepatitis A

Features/Symptoms

  • Onset is gradual;
  • Headache;
  • General Malaise (general tiredness);
  • Weight loss;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Slight fever;
  • Abdominal discomfort;
  • Jaundice set in on 5th day (yellow skin tone);
  • Dark urine and grey stools.

Progression

Development takes approximately 1-7 weeks. Can cause permanent liver damage, liver cancer and even death

Causes
Hepatitis A is spread through exposure to contaminated feaces, by digesting foods and liquids that are contaminated.

Treatment/Management

  • Bed rest and low-fat diet, treated symptomatically.
  • It is a virus, and so can't be treated with antibiotics.
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