Increased Risk Of Hepatitis A In Kerala: Symptoms And Treatment


Alert by Health Department

    The recent alert issued by the Health Department regarding an increased risk of Hepatitis A in Kerala is indeed important to take heed of. Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. Here are some key points to know:

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Symptoms

    Jaundice: Yellowing of the skin and eyes. Fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, mild to moderate fever, sometimes accompanied by chills are some of the symptoms.

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Abdominal Pain

    Discomfort or pain in the area of the liver, on the right side of the abdomen, beneath the ribs. Urine may appear dark yellow or brownish, while stools may become pale or clay-colored.

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Take Ample Rest

    It is advisable to take adequate rest, it is essential to allow the body to fight the virus and recover. Additionally, practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands thoroughly and avoiding contaminated food and water, can help reduce the risk of contracting Hepatitis A.

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Hydration & Nutrition

    Drinking plenty of fluids, such as water, herbal teas, or clear broths, can help prevent dehydration caused by vomiting and diarrhea. Eating a healthy diet with small, frequent meals can help support the liver and provide necessary nutrients for recovery.

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Avoid Alcohol

    Alcohol can further damage the liver, so its crucial to avoid it until the liver has fully recovered.

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Medications

    In some cases, medications may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms such as nausea, fever, or pain.

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Vaccination

    Hepatitis A vaccination is available and is recommended for individuals at risk or traveling to areas where Hepatitis A is prevalent.

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Consult a Doctor

    Its important to consult a healthcare professional if you experience symptoms of Hepatitis A or if you believe you may have been exposed to the virus. Early detection and management can help prevent complications and promote a speedy recovery.

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