Hepatitis A is “a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus,” explains the Mayo Clinic. Luckily, unlike hepatitis B or C, hepatitis A doesn’t lead to chronic liver disease. That said, it’s still an infection you don’t want to get and it does have unpleasant symptoms. But what is it exactly and what are the risks?
Today, we’re going to explore everything there is to know about hepatitis A including the common signs, causes, and treatment options available. We’ll also uncover a few prevention tips to help protect you from getting the virus.
What Is Hepatitis A?
Healthline says, “Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver caused by exposure to toxins, alcohol misuse, immune diseases, or infection.” Although, viruses cause most of the cases.
Hepatitis A is very contagious and can spread easily through contaminated water or food. There are many cases of hepatitis A around the world, in fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) says 1.4 million cases occur each year. Luckily, it usually isn’t very serious but it’s still important to be aware of the signs, causes, and what you can do about it.