what is hepatitis a?
Hepatitis A is a viral disease which causes troubles for one’s liver. Hepatitis A virus is the culprit behind this viral disease. It is a water and foodborne viral disease which may lead to liver failure if proper care if not given.
what causes hepatitis a?
One may fall victim to the hepatitis A disease if he or she consumes or ingests contaminated water or food, or has poor sanitation and unhealthy personal hygiene. It also spreads through direct contact with an infectious person. Below are few more causes of hepatitis A.
• The transmission of this disease may take place through contaminated stools
• Food prepared by an infectious individual
• Contaminated water
• Direct contact with an infected person such as by touching hands, having sex, hugging
• Ingesting unsafe or contaminated food
• You may be susceptible to hepatitis A if you are visiting a hepatitis A prone country.
what are some of the hepatitis a symptoms?
The symptoms of hepatitis A may vary from mild to severe which generally includes, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, nausea, diarrhea, discomfort in the abdomen, jaundice and dark coloured urine. That being said, not everyone will share these same symptoms.
If you notice the symptoms of hepatitis A, then you should consult with your doctor immediately.
diagnosis of hepatitis a
Consult your doctor immediately if you notice the above symptoms in yourself or with your family members or friends. Your doctor will most probably recommend you to take hepatitis A blood test. The results of hepatitis A test derived from your blood test will reveal whether you are infected with hepatitis A or not. The hepatitis A test is conducted to detect the presence of IgM in your blood. A human body has its own defense system which we usually refer to as the immune system. When you first come in contact with Hepatitis A virus (HAV), your body starts to produce Hepatitis A antibodies, i.e., IgM. Hence, the presence of IgM in one’s blood proves the infection of HAV.
how much does the hepatitis a test cost?
The average cost of a Hepatitis A test in metro cities is about 1500 INR. But the price may differ depending on the city you are living in, the quality of the lab test, how quickly tests results will be available to you and so on.
is prevention of hepatitis a possible?
Since hepatitis A usually take place due to poor sanitary conditions, improved sanitary hygiene, treated safe water, and food safety are the best ways to keep this viral disease in check. Immunisation against hepatitis A virus is also an integral method of preventing it from spreading. Hepatitis A immunity is introduced through administering hepatitis A vaccine shots. Usually, hepatitis A vaccine 2 shots are administered to children to immunise their body against hepatitis A. Below points may also be added to fight against the spread of hepatitis A:
• Clean drinkable water supply
• adequate disposal of waste in your community
• Good practice of personal hygiene such as washing your hands regularly after each use of the toilet.
is hepatitis a curable?
Hepatitis A is curable. However, there is no specific hepatitis A treatment. That being said, hepatitis A recovery time differs from an individual to other. With proper care, a patient infected with Hepatitis A may take a few weeks to months to recover. In most cases, patients recover on their own with nutritious diet and by maintaining clean hygiene.
why do you need us?
Even though hepatitis A is curable on its own in most cases, an expert’s opinion will help you assess its severity stage. Some of the symptoms of Hepatitis A are very common to other infections as well, so it is difficult to detect it on time without the help of an expert’s opinion. Portea provides medical services and diagnosis facility to you from the comfort of your home. Another benefit of using our services is that you don’t have to wait in the long queues for your turn. Our team of highly efficient experts ensures that you are advised the best course of action for your recovery.
how can we help?
Our team of excellent physicians will devise the best diet plan for you to cope up with your hepatitis a condition. The will advice you on the precautions required to prevent it from spreading to the other members of your family. All the samples for the lab tests will be taken without you having to step out of your home.
There is no specific treatment of Hepatitis A. In most cases, it cures itself, however, the recovery time may last up to 6 months. That being said, prevention is the best treatment for such diseases. To ensure a fast recovery, pay attention to the quality of your water and food, and maintain proper sanitation and good hygiene. Also, avoid taking unnecessary medication, always consult with your doctor beforehand.