Hepatitis A Doctor
Hepatitis A is a form of viral hepatitis, a disease that causes inflammation in the liver. The virus is spread from the feces of an infected person. In most cases, the virus finds its way into water or food that is then ingested, leading to an infection. It is most common in places where poor personal hygiene and poor sanitation are prevalent.
Most hepatitis A is contracted from ingesting fruits, vegetables, shellfish, water, or ice that has been contaminated with the virus. Working in a childcare facility, traveling to countries where hepatitis A is common, using illicit drugs, and having close personal contact with an infected person can all increase your chances of contracting the disease.
If you are living with hepatitis A, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tabib today. He can diagnose your condition and provide you with the proper care to manage your infection.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
Inflammation of the liver can be a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Fortunately, many people with hepatitis A experience only mild symptoms, if any. This is especially true of children. Symptoms of hepatitis A may include:
- Jaundice (yellow eyes and skin, dark urine)
- Abdominal Pain
- Loss of Appetite
Most of the time, these symptoms go away without treatment. Your body can usually repair the liver damage on its own, although some people can develop recurring symptoms over a period of six to nine months. In extreme cases, hepatitis A can cause liver failure.
Diagnosis of Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is diagnosed using a blood test to check for the presence of the virus. You should seek a test if you:
- Experience the symptoms listed above, especially signs of jaundice.
- Live with someone who has the disease.
- Have had sex with someone who has the disease.
- Dined at a restaurant that announced a hepatitis A outbreak.
If you need to be tested for hepatitis A, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tabib today. Dr. Tabib deals with cases of the liver on a daily basis in Los Angeles and can help diagnose and treat cases of Hepatitis A.
Treatment: Hepatitis A Doctor Los Angeles
Treatment for hepatitis A comes down to managing your symptoms and monitoring the health of your liver. Your body will eventually clear the virus out on its own. In most cases, the liver heals completely after the infection, usually within a month or two. Dr. Tabib may recommend one or more of the following:
- Get plenty of rest. Fatigue is common with hepatitis A, but unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about it. You may feel tired and sick for a few months, so make the necessary arrangements with work and family.
- Manage your nausea. Most people find it helpful to break up three large meals into numerous smaller snacks throughout the day. Choose high-calorie foods if you find your appetite waning.
- Avoid things that can damage your liver. This includes alcohol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Dr. Tabib may add other medications to this list.
To avoid spreading the infection, you should abstain from sexual activity while infected. Also, don’t prepare food for others and make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom. If you live with others, they may want to get vaccinated. Anyone over one year of age can be vaccinated against hepatitis A.