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Acute Hepatitis E: Everything you need to know about the condition

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Acute Hepatitis E is a short-term virus that causes the liver to be inflamed.

According to the World Health Organization, every year, there are an estimated 20 million HEV infections worldwide, which leads to an estimated 3.3 million symptomatic cases of Hepatitis E.

  • Can’t be cured, but treatment can help
  • Requires medical testing
  • Spreads through contaminated food and water

Acute Hepatitis E is caused by consuming human fecal matter, which is most commonly spread through contaminated water and food.

Ages affected - All ages are susceptible

Symptoms

It’s possible that none of the symptoms manifest and even when you do experience the symptoms, they can range from mild to severe.

  • People may experience:
  • Mild fever
  • Fatigue
  • Low appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Belly pain and cramping
  • Dark urine
  • Light-colored stools
  • Skin rash or itching

Treatment

Acute Hepatitis E is a short-term condition that usually goes away on its own within 6 weeks. If your symptoms are severe or worse, it’s important to see your doctor for testing. He or she may give you a stool or blood test. Depending on the severity of the condition, the treatment will vary.

Self Care:

  • Get lots of rest
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids daily
  • Avoid alcohol

Medications: Your doctor may recommend medication, but this is rare.

Specialist:
It is recommended to get in touch with a doctor in case the symptoms worsen.
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