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Symptoms of hepatitis A that you should not ignore, seek medical care now.

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These are the symptoms of hepatitis A that you should not ignore, you should seek medical attention now.

Hepatitis A (also called hep A or HAV) is a type of hepatitis virus that affects the liver. It is generally transmitted by the consumption of contaminated food and water. It is more popular in individuals with poor sanitation and hygiene, as well as a shortage of clean water. It can, however, be transmitted by unprotected intercourse and needle sharing.

Hepatitis A is normally not dangerous and recovers on its own in 10 to 14 days. However, since hepatitis A exhibits much of the same signs as more severe hepatitis diseases – such as hepatitis B or C – it is important to get screened.

Symptoms

Feeling of being sick

Yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)

Itchy skin.

Diarrhoea

Pain in the upper right part of the tummy (abdomen)

Flu-like symptoms, including tiredness, a fever and aches and pains.

Loss of appetite.

Dark urine or pale faeces.

Self protection

Washing your hands after using the toilet, before preparing or eating meals, after coughing or sneezing, or touching garbage or other filthy objects.

Avoiding raw or undercooked meat and fish; and avoiding all drinks if you're not sure if they're healthy – with or without ice.

If tap water is unsafe to drink and bottled water is unavailable, heat tap water before drinking it.

People who live in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene are more likely to contract hepatitis A. You can also be vulnerable to hepatitis A through your job, such as sanitation workers or employees in establishments with poor personal hygiene.

Test for Hepatitis A

If you have had contact with someone who has had hepatitis A, or you are at risk of getting hepatitis A, or begin to experience symptoms, you should consult a healthcare professional. A quick blood test will determine if you have the virus.

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