Hepatitis A: What is it and how does it spread?
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection that can cause substantial liver damage.
It is transmitted through an infected person’s faeces—when someone with Hepatitis A fails to properly wash their hands after using the bathroom, the faeces can be transferred to objects that are then handled by others. Those that come into contact with these objects unintentionally swallow the virus and get afflicted.
What are the Hepatitis A symptoms?
Some persons with Hepatitis A have modest symptoms, while others may have a more serious reaction to the infection. Symptoms can persist anywhere from a few weeks to months. It’s recommended to see a Gastroenterologist be examined if you’re having any of these symptoms.
- Nausea and vomiting occur suddenly.
- Pain or discomfort in the abdomen, particularly in the upper right quadrant
- beneath your lower ribs on one side (by your liver)
- Bowel motions that are clay-coloured
- Appetite loss.
- Fever of a low intensity
- Urine that is dark in colour
- Joint discomfort
- Your skin and the whites of your eyes are turning yellow (jaundice)
How to Avoid Getting Infected
Wash your hands after using the restroom and after being out and about to maintain healthy hygiene. All fresh vegetables should be well peeled and washed, and raw or undercooked meats and seafood should be avoided.
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