What are the treatments for hepatitis A?

If you have not had the vaccine, and your infection has been confirmed by a blood sample, your healthcare provider might give you the hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG). This only works if the medicine is given within two weeks of you being exposed to HAV.

If you were exposed and are unable to get the vaccine or the immune globulin, you are likely to recover without treatment. However, your healthcare provider will probably recommend that you follow the following self-care recommendations:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink liquids.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Review any type of medicine—prescription and over-the-counter—that you take with your healthcare provider. Even things like supplements or vitamins could cause damage to your liver.

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