How Hepatitis A can be treated?

If you know you have been suffering with Hepatitis A, immediately contact your doctor. There is no treatment for the disease. Your doctor may take tests that check your liver function to ensure your body is healing.

How Hepatitis A can be managed?

Bed rest:

Bed rest is advised until clinical and laboratory evidence of acute illness has disappeared. Patients should be treated at home unless there is specific indication.

Indications for hospitalization

  • Persistent vomiting
  • Change in sleep behaviors
  • Development of bruising
  • Uncertain diagnosis


High carbohydrate, high protein, low fat diet, thus, providing adequate calories (2000-3000 K cal). Initially, fruit juice, glucose and sugarcane juice should be given to an anorexic patient.


  • Drugs should be avoided in severe Hepatitis A because they are metabolized in the liver, especially sedatives and hypnotics. Paracetamol may be cautiously administered, but is strictly limited to a maximum dose of 3-4 g/d in adults.
  • Antiemetic for vomiting
  • Multivitamin supplement if anorexia is marked
  • Parenteral feeding: If severe anorexia and vomiting is present, administer 10% glucose by slow I/V drip 2000-2500 ml in 24 hours to prevent dehydration
  • Calamine lotion and cholestyramine 4mg TDS for pruritus in cholestatic jaundice.
  • Liver transplant may be required for hepatic failure

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Sexual Activity

Hepatitis A is spreadable through sexual activity; therefore, care should be taken while having sex.

Recovery Time

Recovery from symptoms following infection may take several weeks and even extend up to several months.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. There are no specific medicines to cure infection with Hepatitis A.

How is treated?

It can be treated by avoiding sexual contact and maintaining good hygienic conditions, using proper diet and visiting health care providers on time.

Recovery Time

Recovery from symptoms following infection may take several weeks and can even extend up to several months.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.