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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.
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.