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What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that attacks the liver. People infected with hepatitis A are most contagious from two weeks before onset of symptoms to one week afterwards. Not everyone who is infected will have all the symptoms. Symptoms usually start within 28 days of exposure to the virus with a range of 15-50 days. Symptoms can include:
- Jaundice (yellowing skin and whites of eyes)
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale or clay colored stool
How is Hepatitis A treated or Hepatitis A infection prevented?
Practicing good hand hygiene plays an important role in preventing the spread of Hepatitis A. Use soap and running water and wash for at least 20 seconds, wash hands after changing a diaper or caring for a person, and wash hands before preparing, serving or eating food.Alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not kill the Hepatitis A virus. No medicines can cure the disease once symptoms appear. People with Hepatitis A symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
Most people get better over time but may need to be hospitalized. Previous infection with Hepatitis A provides immunity for the rest of a person's life. People who are exposed to Hepatitis A may be given vaccine or immune globulin within 14 days of exposure to prevent infection.
Having symptoms or do you believe you have recently been exposed to the virus? Please contact JFK Internal Medicine to schedule an appointment at (561) 548-1450. Same Day appointments are available for your convenience.
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