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HEPATITIS E – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

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About HEPATITIS E

Hepatitis E belongs to its league of preceding Hepatitis viruses—Hepatitis A, B, C, and D. Like these, Hepatitis E too is a viral disease caused by the Hepatitis E virus and affects a person’s liver.

However, unlike the others in its same league, Hepatitis E doesn’t impose a long term effect on the body of the infected and gets fixed in several months. It also doesn’t cause any severe liver damage.

Fundamentally, the main cause of a person getting infected by the HEV is through the intake of contaminated food or water, which has been infected by stool (feces) carrying the HEV.

Additionally, a person can also get infected by HEV through an animal if by chance they touch an infected pig or have undercooked infected meat. Up until now, there is no validation to whether Hepatitis E can be transmitted through sexual intercourse or blood transfusion in a person. It is also quite unlikely for a person to get infected twice by the Hepatitis E virus.

Once a person is infected by the virus, symptoms hardly show up until about seven weeks from the day of infection. However, after that mild signs are expected to show in the infected individual.

Some of the common symptoms that are visible in a person infected by this virus are vomiting, nausea, frequent fatigue, loss of appetite as well as significant loss of weight suddenly, yellowish skin, fever, sore muscles, as well as jaundice.

The diagnosis of Hepatitis E, just like the other viruses from the Hepatitis family, happens through a blood test. If antibodies relating to the virus are found in your blood test reports, it becomes evident that you have been exposed to the HEV. Coming to the treatment of Hepatitis E, generally, the virus is self-treated, since it subsides on its own.

However, the contribution from your side too is needed, wherein you may need to cut down on your daily exertion level so that you don’t spend too much energy on doing things like chores, day-to-day activities, etc.

You will also need to keep yourself hydrated by drinking sufficient water since one of the effects of this disease is dehydration. You also have to refrain from consuming alcohol, since that will weaken your liver more.

Abide by the advice and medications given by the doctor and in a few month’s time, the illness will subside.

For more Hepatitis, click on below links:

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis D

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