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Hepatitis A Guide

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Treatment

There are no specific treatments. The goals of hepatitis A treatments are to:

  • Keep the patient as comfortable as possible
  • Prevent the infection from being passed to others
  • Prevent more liver damage by helping the patient avoid substances (eg, medications, alcohol) which might stress the liver while it's healing

The disease will usually go away without treatment within 2 to 5 weeks. About 15% of people who are infected by hepatitis A will have relapsing symptoms. This can happen for up to 9 months. In almost all cases, once you recover, there are no lasting effects. You will also be immune to the virus.

In rare cases, the infection is very severe. A liver transplant may be needed.

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