Hepatitis A Infection
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. The virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affects the liver’s ability to function. People get the virus from contaiminated food or water or from close contact with an infected person. Mild cases don’t need treatment, however not all cases are minor. Some people have permanent liver damage.
Hepatitis A Causes
The Hepatitis A virus can spread even by tiny amounts of fecal matter in food or water. Unlike previously thought, the virus does not spread by coughing.
Here are some of the specific ways the vrisu spreads:
- Eating food handled by someone with the virus who doesn’t thoroughly wash his or her hands after using the toilet
- Drinking contaminated water
- Eating raw shellfish from water polluted with sewage
- Being in close contact with a person who’s infected even without symptoms
Hepatits A Symptoms
Hepatitis A is a virus that infects liver cells and causes inflammation. The inflammation can impede liver function. It takes a few weeks for symptoms to develop. Also, not everyone has symptoms are all. The common signs are:
- Sudden nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the upper right side beneath your lower ribs (by your liver)
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Loss of appetite
- Low-grade fever
- Dark urine
- Joint pain
- Yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
- Intense itching
These symptoms may be relatively mild and go away in a few weeks. However, symptoms could last for months.
Hepatits A Complications
Unlike other types of viral hepatitis, hepatitis A does not cause long-term liver damage, and it doesn’t become chronic. But, there are cases where the virus causes a sudden loss of liver function. This happens markedly in older adults or people with chronic liver diseases. Acute liver failure requires a stay in the hospital for monitoring and treatment. Some people with acute liver failure may need a liver transplant.
Help after a Hepatitis A Infection
When you experience side effects from severe food poisoning, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. A verdict or settlement could also provide compensation for your injuries and damages. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is currently accepting Hepatitis A infection injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by an outbreak of Hepatitis A poisoning, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.