Many people with hepatitis experience either mild symptoms or none at all. The initial phase of hepatitis is called the acute phase.
The symptoms are like a mild flu and may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Mild fever
- Muscle or joint aches
- Slight abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Light-coloured stools
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
If you are experiencing many of these symptoms, please see your doctor at your local urban health clinic and get tested.
Tests and Diagnosis and Treatment
Hepatitis A Treatment - There is no treatment specifically for hepatitis A. The doctor will advise the patient to abstain from alcohol and drugs during the recovery. The vast majority of patients with hepatitis A will recover spontaneously.
Hepatitis B Treatment - There is no treatment for “acute” hepatitis B as most adults will naturally clear the virus. Treatment is available for “chronic” hepatitis B. Your doctor will advise which method is right for you.
Hepatitis C Treatment – Hepatitis C infection is treated with antiviral medications intended to clear the virus from your body. Your doctor may recommend a combination of medications.
Hepatitis D Treatment - There is no specific treatment for hepatitis D.
Hepatitis E Treatment – There is no treatment for hepatitis E. Hepatitis E is caused by a virus which means antibiotics are of no value in the treatment of the infection. Treatment of hepatitis E infection is supportive and involves bed rest and fluid replacement.
Remember: If you think you may have hepatitis it is important to see your doctor at your local urban health clinic and get tested.
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