Viral Hepatitis A and E Treatment
Hepatitis A and E usually resolve after a period of four to eight weeks. They do not cause chronic hepatitis, and in most cases, no special treatment is necessary. You are not confined to bed while you recuperate. Once the jaundice disappears, you can safely return to work. We will discuss with you if you need special treatment or medication.
Hepatitis A and E Prevention
If you believe you were exposed to hepatitis A, we can treat you with immune globulin (IG), which is used to prevent the disease shortly after exposure. If you plan to travel to countries with high incidences of hepatitis A, it is recommended that you receive a hepatitis A vaccine before you go.
If you are traveling to a country where hepatitis E is widespread, avoid contaminated food and water sources. Even if you received a vaccination against hepatitis A, it may not protect you against hepatitis E. The vaccination for hepatitis E is not yet available for use.
Hepatitis A and E Complications
Rarely, the disease does not resolve, and you may experience complications from hepatitis. Fulminant hepatitis is a rare syndrome associated with hepatitis B and occasionally with hepatitis A and E. A patient with fulminant hepatitis begins to deteriorate rapidly and experiences hepatic encephalopathy (confusion). There is even a risk of coma and liver and kidney failure.
This condition is rare. Careful management and thorough care provide the best hope for recovery. Liver transplantation may be lifesaving.