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Symptoms of hepatitis A - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   how may i help you today?
User :   i have a 25 year old sister that might hepatitis of some sort, she is waitinf for results
Doctor :   ok
User :   she has yellow eye whites, could this be something else
Doctor :   so what were her symptoms?
User :   stomach pains
User :   thats about it i think
Doctor :   yes u mean scleral discoloration, could be a sign of jaundice
User :   so what is jaundice ?
Doctor :   is she having some features like low appetite, lethargy , fatigue, metallic taste in mouth?
Doctor :   scleral discoloration, a sign of jaundice - elevated bilirubin that occurs in liver diseases including hepatitis.
Doctor :   So now do you have a specific medical Query? or you just wanted to know about hepatitis?
User :   she has been throwing up, had stomach pains, he eye whites are yellowish.. But she has just moved a couple of days ago. she stresses alot could this just be the stress...
Doctor :   probably food poisoning would be the cause, if she has had unhealthy food anywhere during her journey.
Doctor :   could you specify from where she has moved? has she been to any places like mexico , etc?
User :   she does eat alot of takeway foods, but that woulnt course yellow eyes whites would it?
Doctor :   Her current symptoms could be due to Hepatitis A which is food borne. but it could also be due to other viruses as well.
Doctor :   ok
User :   and always has lived in aus
Doctor :   may i know her age, weight , etc.
Doctor :   Some viruses like hepatitis B & C - are caused by sexual intercourse as well ( but are not food borne)
User :   25. 4"9 about 90kgs
Doctor :   OK
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   has she have any other friends , relatives with similar symptoms ?
User :   how easy is it to catch hep a
Doctor :   IN case there are many people with similar symptoms it could be food related
Doctor :   hep A is food borne, and can be caused while travelling to endemic areas, having unhealthy infected food as it is trasmitted by feco-oral route.
User :   so could there be any other reason for yellow eye whites
Doctor :   But it is self limited and does not cause much trouble and resolves after a few days.
User :   she does have gallstone
User :   so hep a goes way?
User :   away*
Doctor :   there are many reasons and causes of yellow eye, but to know them we need to have the tests like liver functin tests, CBC, etc.
Doctor :   also a physical examination is needed
Doctor :   yes be confident that it will resolve.
Doctor :   Do you have any other questions.
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me, bye for now.
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