Hepatitis A Treatment

 

Even though any hepatitis A treatment is not necessary as it usually resolves on its own, many doctors will recommend rest, especially for those patients who complain of extreme tiredness.

During the acute phase, hepatitis A sufferers will also learn to cope with the nausea by eating many, small, easily digestible meals rather than several large ones, as is typical in the West.

Where persistent nausea prevents the hepatitis A patient from getting enough nourishment, dietitians will recommend foods high in vitamins and protein. For example, substituting fruit juice for water will restore vitamin C levels in hepatitis A sufferers. Substituting milk, yogurt, or other dairy products will provide needed protein and dietary calcium to those coping with hepatitis A.

Where hepatitis A patients are older, or on a number of medications for various conditions, doctors will normally review their drug regimen. The aim here is to temporarily eliminate both pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) remedies like acetaminophen that are known to affect liver function, the chief problem in hepatitis A.

Patients recovering from hepatitis are always advised to stop drinking alcohol, especially in the presence of the above-mentioned acetaminophen, or NSAID. Other NSAIDs include ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin.

Those with active hepatitis A should avoid sexual activity, to prevent exposing partners to the disease. Condoms do not provide adequate protection from hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A patients should also avoid preparing food for others. To further insure that hepatitis is not spread, patients should also wash their hands very well after using the toilet. This means a thorough soap-and-scrub for at least 20 seconds, followed by drying with disposable towels discarded in a separate bin.

Beyond self-care and a doctor’s recommendations, some people who have active hepatitis A may want to try herbal remedies. A few examples are:

Ginseng
Glycyrrhizin (licorice)
Green tea
Silymarin (milk thistle)

Of these, only milk thistle has demonstrated hepatitis A benefits in recent studies, and some herbal remedies (like chaparral) may actually worsen hepatitis A.