Hepatitis A goes away on its
own in most cases. Most people get well within a few months. While you have hepatitis:
Slow down. Cut back on daily activities until all of your energy
returns. As you start to feel better, take your time in getting back to your
regular routine. If you try to do it too fast, you may get
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Fruit juices and broth are other good choices, if you can tolerate them.
Eat a healthy mix of foods. Even though food may not appeal to you, it is
important for you to get good nutrition.
Don't drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. They can make liver problems worse.
Make sure your doctor knows all the
medicines you are taking, including herbal products. Don't start or change any medicines without talking to your doctor first.
If hepatitis A causes more serious illness, you may need to stay in the hospital to prevent problems while your liver heals.
Be sure to take steps to avoid
spreading the virus to others.
Wash your hands with soap and water right after
you use the bathroom or change a diaper and before you prepare food.
Tell the people you live with or have sex with
that you have hepatitis A. They should ask their doctors whether they need a
dose of the vaccine or a shot of
Don't have sexual contact with anyone while you're
You can only get the hepatitis A virus once. After
that, your body builds up a defense against it.
Make sure your children get vaccinated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for all children starting at age 1 year. It's also important for children adopted from other countries to get the vaccine.
Talk to your doctor if you've been around someone who you know has
hepatitis A. The hepatitis A vaccine or an injection of
immunoglobulin (IG) within 2 weeks of exposure may
prevent you from getting sick.1
Practice good hygiene habits.
Wash your hands well after using the toilet, after changing a diaper, and
before you prepare or eat food.
Wash dishes in hot, soapy water or
in a dishwasher.
Discourage children from putting objects in their
or drink anything that you think may have been prepared in unclean
Don't eat raw or undercooked shellfish.
If you plan to travel to a part of the world where
sanitation is poor or where hepatitis A is a known problem:
Ask your doctor
about getting the hepatitis A vaccine, a shot of immunoglobulin (IG), or the
combination hepatitis A and B vaccine.
Always drink bottled water or boil water
before drinking it. Avoid drinks with ice cubes.
Don't eat raw foods, such as unpeeled fruits or