A guide to comprehensive Hepatitis E symptoms and treatmentby Manya Verma Health care and lifestyle
Introduction: Hepatitis E is a virus that makes the liver to swell up. Unlike other forms of Hepatitis, it is not chronic and rarely leads to liver damage, but it can be particularly damaging to pregnant women or to those who have a weak immune system such as elderly people.
Causes: The hepatitis E virus mainly spreads through water that is contaminated with fecal matter from humans or animals carrying the virus. Therefore, it is more common in developing countries or in parts of the world with poor handwashing habits and lack of clean water.
Another common source of the virus as per gastroenterologist in Gurgaon is undercooked meat of infected animals, such as pigs and in rare cases even raw shellfish from tainted water can be a carrier of the virus.
Symptoms: In the experience of liver specialist doctor in Gurgaon the symptoms of hepatitis E can vary from no symptoms at all to mild and barely noticeable signs. In many cases, the onset of symptoms even takes up to 2 months from the exposure to the virus.
The most common symptoms of hepatitis E include:
· Tiredness and fatigue
· Lack of appetite
· Yellowing of the skin and white of the eyes
· Pain in the upper abdomen
· Light colored stool
· Darker urine
The symptoms tend to disappear as the infection recedes.
Diagnosis: While discussing the lack of a formal test to diagnose Hepatitis E, specialists from hospitals in Gurgaon explain that in order to properly diagnose hepatitis E, blood work has to identify the antibodies that fight against the virus. Hence, a patient will be checks for all types of hepatitis.
Treatment: The treatment for the virus requires the body to clear the infection and for that specialists recommend following supportive activities:
· Eating a balanced diet
· Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water
· Avoiding alcohol and other irritants for the liver
It is recommended to consult your primary care giver to ensure that your current ongoing medication is not harsh on your liver. If that is the case, then they might prescribe an alternative or a way to limit or eliminate them while you recover from the infection.
Visiting your doctor regularly during the healing process is advisable to successfully track treatment progression and regular blood tests to determine the extent of the infection is recommended as well.
Only in severe cases, doctors recommend medication or in more severe and at-risk cases they prescribe hospitalization.
Prevention: Owing to the nature of cause of hepatitis E, it is highly advised by all top hospital in Gurgaon to practice caution to avoid this disease. This is especially important while traveling to developing countries or remote areas with less potent water. It is a good idea to carry mineral water or bottled water to such locations
As per a hepatologist from best hospital in Gurgaon boiling or chlorinating water will also inactivate the virus.
Preventing the spread of the virus is also important. While it is uncommon to spread the virus among people, anyone with the virus should take care to follow hygiene tips.
Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon is the flagship hospital of Paras Healthcare. It is a state of the art multi super specialty hospital providing a complete spectrum of advanced medical and surgical interventions with a comprehensive mix of inpatient and outpatient services
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