Hepatitis A

Monday, February 04, 2013

Hepatitis A is a virus that can infect the liver. In most cases, the infection goes away on its own and doesnt lead to long-term liver problems. Dr. Edward Hill discusses hepatitis A in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes your liver to become swollen. Most people who have it dont show any signs of illness. This can make it hard to tell if you have it.

You can get hepatitis A by eating spoiled foods or from other unclean items. You may also be more likely to catch it if you travel to countries that have poor hygiene, if you use drugs or if you already have liver disease.

Some of the symptoms include fatigue, jaundice, changes in taste and smell, coughing and fever.

Hepatitis A is contagious. Most children have been vaccinated against hepatitis A in the past few years, and are unlikely to catch it.

In most cases, the virus goes away on its own. You should rest, drink plenty of water and eat food as normal. Most people recover within a few weeks to a few months.

Practicing good hygiene, including washing your hands often, is one of the best ways to protect against hepatitis A.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.