Treatments

Hepatitis A Treatments

Hepatitis A treatment usually only requires getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding alcohol and certain medications. Follow up with your physician to ensure that you are fully recovered. Once you have had hepatitis A, your body builds up antibodies and you cannot get it again. If you have hepatitis A after age 10, you will not be allowed to donate blood.

To prevent yourself from spreading hepatitis A:

  • Practice good hand-washing techniques after using the bathroom.
  • Stay home from work and public places until your symptoms are gone.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Don’t prepare food for others.
  • Mention that you have hepatitis A when visiting your physician, dentist or other health care provider.

To reduce your chances of getting hepatitis A:

  • Practice good hand-washing techniques
  • Get vaccinated if:
    • You travel to countries where the infection is common.
    • You are a man who has sex with other men.
    • You have chronic liver disease.
    • You use illegal drugs.
    • You are treated for a clotting disorder.
  • Drink bottled water in countries where the infection is common.
  • Use bottled water to brush your teeth, make ice cubes, and rinse fruits and vegetables in countries where the infection is common.
  • Get the hepatitis A immune globulin shot if you come in contact with the infection and you have not been vaccinated.
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