Treatment for Hepatitis EThere is currently no treatment for hepatitis E that can kill the virus. And because it is caused by a virus, antibiotics or other medications are not effective. Instead, treatment focuses on providing relief of symptoms as the body fights the virus. This is called supportive care.
Suggestions for supportive hepatitis E treatment include drinking plenty of fluids, getting lots of rest, and avoiding alcohol completely.
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PreventionThe best cure for hepatitis E is preventing it in the first place. Since there is no approved vaccine for hepatitis E, prevention begins with practicing good personal hygiene. Other prevention methods can include avoiding shellfish that come from contaminated waters and drinking boiled or bottled water in places where there is a risk of contamination.
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Other Names for Hepatitis EThe disease caused by hepatitis E virus is called hepatitis E. Other names for it include:
- Enterically transmitted non-A non-B hepatitis (ET-NANBH)
- Fecal-oral non-A non-B hepatitis
- A-like non-A non-B hepatitis.