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What are the signs of hepatitis A?
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, …
How is hepatitis A transmitted?
The hepatitis A virus spreads via the oral-fecal route, often through food and water that is contaminated with human bodily waste.
Who gets hepatitis A?
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 …
How is hepatitis A diagnosed?
Your doctor will usually diagnose hepatitis A by performing a blood test.
How is hepatitis A treated?
Hepatitis A usually does not require treatment. Bed rest, hydration and good nutrition can help your body recover from the infection.
Are there complications of hepatitis A?
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.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 21 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Hepatitis A