Hepatitis A

  • Infection caused by hepatitis A virus that affects the liver
  • Symptoms may include yellow coloring of the skin and eyes, tiredness, nausea and vomiting, pain in the right upper area of the abdomen and dark urine
  • Commonly spread by ingesting contaminated food or water infected with fecal material or contact with infected stool or blood
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but adults have more symptoms
  • May be mild to severe
  • Most often the duration is short-term

  • Reduce activity level
  • Eat small, frequent meals early in the day
  • Eat high-calorie, protein-rich diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not prepare food for others when actively infected
  • Avoid anal contact with sexual partner
  • Get immune globulin if exposed

 

If traveling:

  • Drink bottled water or fizzy water
  • Avoid using ice (cubes)
  • Use bottled water for brushing teeth
  • Avoid raw foods, fruits, vegetables and salads
  • Avoid undercooked meat or fish

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

FOR NAUSEA

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks (avoid drinks high in sugar)
  • Eat light, bland foods (crackers or plain bread)
  • Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly and eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Avoid activity after eating
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Diphenhydramine
    • Cyclizine
    • Dimenhydrinate
    • Meclizine

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