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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.

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