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Suggest treatment for hepatitis A

I am suffering from Jaundice with Hepatitis A. Is there any difference between normal jaundice and Jaundice with Hepatitis A? What is SGPT and SGOT test in Jaundice? Is it OK for me to intake salt in my food? Also can I consume both Ayurvedic and English medicines together to cure Jaundice? Please answer my queries...
Mon, 11 Aug 2014
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Hi, How are you? I am so sorry to hear about your symptoms.
Jaundice can be caused by a variety of reasons including infections, alcohol, some blood diseases and also metabolic diseases. The cause of the jaundice also varies with different age groups.
Hepatitis due to viral infections are very common. Among the viral infections, Hepatitis A and E are transmitted by contaminated food and water. Hepatitis B, C and D are transmitted by contaminated blood and body fluids.
The good thing about hepatitis A and E are they cause a self limiting form of hepatitis in the majority of people. It causes a brief period of fever, nausea, vomiting and maybe GI upset with the jaundice, but it goes away spontanously without any treatment. In a small minority of people (like in pregnant women) these can cause a severe fulminant liver failure.
Once the liver gets damaged, the enzymes stored in the liver cell gets released into the blood and this will lead to an increase in the levels. The SGOT and SGPT levels go up for the same reason. A decrease in the level of enzymes reflect improvement in the liver status.
Regarding treatment of hepatitis A, I am not knowledgeable in ayurvedic system of medicine. So I cannot guide you regarding ayurvedic medicines, but there are a lot of liver protective supplements available in the allopathic ("english") system of medicine and I would advise you to take those. As long as you avoid fatty foods during your acute phase of jaundice, salt intake should be of no concern.

Hope this helped and hope you start feeling better soon. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further clarifications - rxsuresh@gmail.com
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