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Hepatitis A

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Introduction
Find everything you need to know about Hepatitis A including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of hepatitis A
Initial symptoms of hepatitis A are similar to the flu and include loss of appetite, feeling and being sick and fatigue
Causes of hepatitis A
The most common cause of hepatitis A is eating food that is contaminated with the stools of an infected person as a result of poor personal hygiene
Diagnosing hepatitis A
Your GP will be able to diagnose hepatitis A with a blood test
Treating hepatitis A
There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A and most people recover completely within a couple of months. It is sensible to rest and avoid fatty foods.
Complications of hepatitis A
Complications of hepatitis A are rare and include liver failure and a build-up of bile inside the liver
Preventing hepatitis A
Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended if you are travelling to countries where the virus is common, such as the Indian subcontinent
Hepatitis A vaccination
There are three main types of Hepatitis A vaccination, which are all highly effective.