Hepatitis E Treatment
Because there is no cure for hepatitis E, treatment of hepatitis E is focused on supportive care (or dealing with symptoms or complications that may occur). Some of the key elements of hepatitis E treatment include getting enough calories, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding medicines that can harm the liver.
An Overview of Hepatitis E TreatmentThere are no specific medicines that can cure hepatitis E. Therefore, treatment of hepatitis E is focused on dealing with any symptoms or complications that may occur. This is known as supportive care. Even without specialized treatment for acute hepatitis E, most people recover completely within a few weeks.
However, there are some things you can do that might help you feel better. There are also certain things that you should avoid.
Specific Hepatitis E Treatment SuggestionsFollowing are some key steps to take as part of hepatitis E treatment:
- Get enough calories. Many people with hepatitis E get nauseated, especially late in the day. In order to get enough calories, try eating the majority of your calories early in the day. Eating several small meals throughout the day (instead of three large meals) may also be helpful. If you feel sick in the morning, try eating some crackers or dry toast before getting out of bed. It may also help to drink lemon water or have a lemon drop.
- Get plenty of rest. It's important to get as much rest as you can while your body fights off the virus.
- Drink plenty of fluids. You should try to drink at least 10 to 16 glasses a day of water, clear juices, or other drinks that do not have caffeine in them.
- Avoid medicines that can harm the liver. Talk with your healthcare provider about all of medicines that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol poisons your liver and can cause even more damage to the cells that are already fighting the hepatitis E virus. The exact amount of alcohol that will harm the liver isn't known. Therefore, it's generally recommended that people with hepatitis E avoid alcohol completely.
- Exercise regularly. Do light-to-moderate exercise, such as walking, for 30 minutes a day.
Once a person has recovered from a hepatitis E infection, the virus is no longer present in the body.