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How is hepatitis treated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Depending upon the cause of hepatitis (viral, drug-induced, alcohol, autoimmune disease), treatment varies and may or may not be needed. In most cases, symptoms of hepatitis begin to subside within four to eight weeks without treatment. In cases of chronic hepatitis, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs and corticosteroids. Your doctor may also have to adjust the dosage of other medications and supplements you are currently taking until the liver has recovered and is able to fully process the drugs. If weight-loss occurs due to lack of appetite, nausea, and vomiting, your doctor may prescribe a high-calorie diet until your weight returns.

People infected with hepatitis viruses A, B, and C can show no symptoms yet still infect others. With or without treatment, carriers of the hepatitis A, B, and C viruses may not have any symptoms.

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