A highly contagious liver infection, hepatitis A is caused by a virus of the same name. There are several hepatitis viruses that can cause inflammation and affect the liver's ability to function.
Hepatitis is mostly contracted by food or water contaminated by fecal matter. Close contact with an infected person may also cause hepatitis A. Mild cases of the disease often do not require treatment, and most patients can be expected to recover completely with no permanent liver damage.
No treatment exists for hepatitis A, the body should be allowed to rest and recuperate by itself. In most cases the infection resolves itself within six months. Good hygiene such as frequent washing of hands is one of the best prevention methods against hepatitis A. Alternatively people at high risk may opt for vaccines.
Hepatitis A symptoms usually appear after a few weeks of the disease being contracted. These may include:
i. Fatigue, nausea and vomiting
ii. Abdominal ache or soreness, especially in the area around the liver—on the right side beneath the lower ribs
iii. Clay-colored excreta and/or dark urine
iv. Loss of appetite accompanied with low-grade fever
v. Joint pain
vi. Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
In case you are diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical attention should be sought immediately. Royal Sundaram's health insurance plans are available with provisions such as pre- and post-hospitalization expenses, lifetime renewal, and other features. Meeting the medical costs arising from a condition such as Hepatitis A can be accomplished with Royal Sundaram health insurance for Hepatitis A.
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