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Hepatitis A and E

  • Hepatitis A is an acute inflammation of the liver caused by a virus known as the ‘hepatitis A virus’ (HAV). It is more common in countries with poor sanitation and unsafe water. Clinically hepatitis A is similar to other types of acute viral hepatitis. In adults, the predominant symptom of acute viral hepatitis due to HAV is jaundice (yellowness of eyes and urine) which is usually preceded by nausea, vomiting, malaise, fever and loss of appetite (prodromal symptoms).

  • Eat your meals at short intervals, like in every 2 hours, instead of eating full meals. Drink fruit juice or milk instead of water and eat food with high calorie. Rest your body: Since Hepatitis A makes the patient feel tired and less energetic and sick, resting is recommended.

  • Hepatitis E is an inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis E virus (HEV). Every year there are an estimated 20 million HEV infections worldwide, leading to an estimated 3.3 million symptomatic cases of hepatitis E.

  • You also can get hepatitis E if you eat undercooked meat from infected animals, such as pigs or deer. Less often, you can get the virus from raw shellfish that comes from tainted water.