Hepatitis A Treatment

Reviewed by Ruthann Cunningham, MD, June 6, 2017

How is hepatitis A treated?

Unlike other forms of viral hepatitis, hepatitis A does not become chronic. This means that even if the infection remains in the system, it will clear up eventually. While the infection will go away, it may cause serious symptoms that may require further medical attention.

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Typically, treatment is supportive with fluids and rest. Occasionally, a patient may need to be hospitalized due to dehydration caused by nausea and vomiting or more seriously, signs of acute liver failure. Anything that might cause damage to the liver, such as, medication or alcohol should be avoided.

While no specific treatment is recommended by the CDC, it is recommended to reach out to a healthcare professional before taking certain pain relievers, as they can react negatively with the liver.

What are the complications of leaving hepatitis A untreated?

Hepatitis A can only be identified with a specific blood test. Leaving viral hepatitis undiagnosed can open the door for more serious problems including permanent liver damage or failure. You may also unknowingly infect someone if you don’t know you have it. If you are concerned you might be at risk, getting tested is a simple, quick and discreet way to know your health status.


NIDDK - Hepatitis A
CDC - Viral Hepatitis - Hepatitis A Information
Mayo Clinic - Hepatitis A
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