Contact your health care provider immediately if you know you've been exposed to hepatitis A. Receiving an injection of hepatitis A immune globulin within 2 weeks of coming in contact with the virus may help protect you from developing hepatitis A. You should also receive the hepatitis A vaccine.
If you have already been diagnosed with hepatitis A, there is no specific treatment that exists. Instead, treatment focuses on getting adequate rest and nutrition. Alcohol and any substances that are toxic to the liver, including acetaminophen (Tylenol) should be avoided. Fatty foods may cause vomiting, because secretions from the liver are needed to digest fats. If you're nauseated, eating small snacks throughout the day instead of three large meals may help. Soft, easily digested foods, such as soup or broth, yogurt and toast, may be best.
Patients are generally treated in either an episodic therapy or suppressive therapy regimen. For an episodic therapy approach, therapy is started as soon as the tingling, burning, or itching starts, or as soon as the blisters are noticed. A suppressive therapy approach is used to help patient with frequent or severe outbreaks reduce the frequency and recurrence.
If you and your health care provider choose not to use medication, there are self-care measures you can follow during an outbreak, which include:
Warm baths to relieve the pain associated with genital lesions