Treatment for hepatitis E

 Most people will never know that they have hepatitis E and will get better by themselves. Only about 1 in 20 people with hepatitis E will get symptoms.

If your immune system is working normally, it should get rid of the hepatitis E virus in 4 to 6 weeks. After this, if your liver is healthy, it will repair any damage that was done by the virus.

Most people who get symptoms will not need any medical treatment. But you might want to take some medicines to help with your symptoms. You should always check with your doctor before doing this.

One of your liver’s jobs is breaking down medicines. If you have hepatitis E your liver is already working hard to get rid of the virus and repair the damage. So taking some medicines can put a strain on your liver. And there is a bigger risk of side effects from the medicines.

Some people will become very unwell from hepatitis E. This could be a short (acute) condition. Or a longer lasting (chronic) problem. You can find out more about treatment for acute and chronic hepatitis on this page.


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