Is the Infection Treatable?

There is no treatment to get rid of the hepatitis A virus once the virus enters the body. Antibiotics are useless against viruses. There is no antiviral medication against the hepatitis A virus.

Some children with hepatitis A can become dehydrated secondary to the severe vomiting that accompanies the infection. Many of these children need to stay in the hospital to get intravenous fluid to restore the watery content in their bodies. Hospitalization for more than a week is not unusual. Fortunately, almost everyone recovers completely from hepatitis A infection without any long-lasting effects.

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