Acute systemic infection that affects the liver caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus is found in the feces of people who are sick with hepatitis A. The virus is transmitted when someone put or take something that is contaminated by the feces of patients with hepatitis A.
People at risk of contracting HAV:
Contacts of people infected with HAV to household appliances
HAV-infected sexual partner
Traveling abroad, especially to developing countries
Military personnel serving in developing countries
Symptoms and Signs
After passing through the incubation period (time agents to infect) for 15-50 days, the infected person will make a non-specific symptoms, followed by symptoms of gastric and intestinal area. Many infected people also did not cause any symptoms.
These symptoms occur 5-7 days on average.
Ikterik (Yellow)-changes that occur on skin color and white color on the eye.
BAK tea color (dark brown)
Other symptoms that often arise among others;
Muscle and joint pain
Diarrhea, especially in children
Itching all over body
Weak and tired
Pain in heart area - In the upper right abdominal area, just below the rib cage
There is no special procedure for HAV. Adequate rest and diet (avoid eating foods that can cause indigestion, such as fatty foods). Medicines are given only to reduce the symptoms caused.
Treatment can be done at home;
Stay calm, reduce the activity and lots of rest at home
Drinking lots of water to avoid dehydration
Avoid taking medicines that can injure the liver such as acetaminophen and acetaminophen-containing drugs
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages
Avoid heavy exercise until the symptoms improved
Contact the installation when the symptoms became worse health or other new symptoms develop.