What is the prognosis/outlook for patients who have hepatitis A?

Most cases of hepatitis A are short-lived, but the disease doesn’t always look the same for everyone. Some people have short illnesses that only last a few weeks and have mild symptoms. Others can be very ill for several months. Hepatitis A is rarely fatal, but death has happened due to liver failure brought on by HAV. This tends to happen more often in people who are over 50 years old or and in people who have another liver condition.

Can you get hepatitis A more than once?

No. Your body develops antibodies to HAV, so you will not get hepatitis A again. However, you still can be infected by other types of hepatitis viruses.

How long will it take to recover from hepatitis A?

You probably will have symptoms for less than two months. However, some people have symptoms that last for six months or so.

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