How is hepatitis A diagnosed?
Your doctor will usually diagnose hepatitis A by performing a blood test.
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A hepatitis A infection can often pass undetected, since many people who contract the virus exhibit no signs and symptoms. Signs of hepatitis A include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, dark urine, muscle and joint pains, jaundice, fever, …
The hepatitis A virus spreads via the oral-faecal route, often through food and water that is contaminated with human bodily waste.
Hepatitis A is normally not a serious condition and goes away naturally after a few weeks.
Anyone can be infected by hepatitis A. Groups at particular risk include sexual partners of hepatitis A carriers, people sharing a household with hepatitis A carriers, intravenous drug users and people who live in, or have travelled to, countries where sanitation is …
Hepatitis A usually does not require treatment. Bed rest, hydration and good nutrition can help your body recover from the infection.
Complications of hepatitis A are rare. In some people the infection can relapse. In rare cases, infection with hepatitis A in combination with other liver conditions or a weakened immune system can produce liver failure, a serious condition.