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Hepatitis A, jaundice. Van i eat normal food and outside food?

Hi...I was suffering from hepatitis A took me about 2 months to recover...My bilrubin and SGPT reports came normal on 10th february, 2013...this was the second time in 2 years that i have suffered from jaundice ...earlier i suffered from it in april, 2011...i am a B. Tech final year student and i live away from home...earlier i used to eat outside but nowadays i am cooking for myself...since 3 months i was eating boiled food...but now i have started having a little oil...will it be okay to eat normal diet now?...can i eat outside?...what about alcohol? Anand
Asked On : Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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Hello! Thanks for putting your query in HCM. I am a Gastroenterologist (DM).

Reinfection from acute Hepatitis is rare. If it was also hepatitis A in April 2011, I doubt it. Definitely you can resume normal diet. It is a wrong myth that patient suffering from jaundice especially Acute viral hepatitis A one should take boiled food. And boiled food is not at all advisable. One should take normal diet even during active phase.

You can take food from outside but it should be fresh, properly cooked and with proper hygiene.

Alcohol also you can take but in recommended quantity only if there is no other cause of hepatits and your LFT are completely normalized and imaging like ultrasound for liver is normal

I hope I have answered your query and this will help you. Remain in touch and get-well soon.
Answered: Wed, 31 Jul 2013
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