Depending on the type of hepatitis, symptoms can subside after a few days, and complete recovery may occur within one to two months. A good way to manage early symptoms of hepatitis is to maintain a healthy diet, drink plenty of fluids, and get enough rest before returning to work or school. Depending upon the cause and type of your hepatitis you may also need to adjust your diet, medications, and future alcohol consumption. Remember to use care when handling food, water, and shared rooms to prevent infecting those around you. Hepatitis can also affect your emotional and mental health. Talk to your doctor, family, and friends about your condition. Seek support from those around you, or from a support group. The more you know about your hepatitis, its causes, and symptoms, the better prepared you'll be to handle its symptoms and prevent future infections.
Wendy G Clough, MD
Specialty: Infectious Disease
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- How do I manage my hepatitis on a daily basis?
How long does acute hepatitis last?
Acute hepatitis can last from a few weeks to six months. Full recovery of the liver occurs within one to six months of clearing the infection. Although symptoms of nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fever can occur suddenly, most symptoms subside after a few days. People with the hepatitis A virus will develop antibodies to this strain of hepatitis virus, preventing them from becoming infected with hepatitis A again.
What increases my risk for infections?
Environment, animals, and a lack of hygiene can affect your risk for infections. Frequent hand-washing, for example, can minimize the spread of many infections. Living in a developing area or interacting with rural animals and uncooked or unclean food can increase your risk for infections. Parasites can contaminate water or live within a host animal. If you were to eat the host animal without thoroughly cooking it first, the parasite could still live and be passed on to you.
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