Hepatitis A (cont.)
Hepatitis A Self-Care at Home
The following measures can help a patient feel better while they are having symptoms.
- Take it easy; curtail normal activities and spend time resting at home.
- Drink plenty of clear fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Avoid medicines and substances that can cause harm to the liver such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and preparations that contain acetaminophen.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages, as these can worsen the effects of HAV on the liver.
- Avoid prolonged, vigorous exercise until symptoms start to improve.
Call a health care practitioner if symptoms worsen or new symptoms appear.
Be very careful about personal hygiene to avoid fecal-oral transmission to other members of the household.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015
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