Hepatitis A is one of the lesser known hepatitis viruses, but it is actually quite common. Often, patients with Hepatitis A are completely unaware that they have been infected. Symptoms may be mild and may show up slowly over time. Some patients experience no real symptoms at all until there are complications from the disease.
And, really, that’s where the danger of Hepatitis A lies. In some cases, Hepatitis A can cause complications that can be life threatening or fatal. These complications often seem to come out of the blue because the symptoms are flu-like and the patient likely doesn’t know they are infected with the virus. Those complications without knowledge is what makes the virus so dangerous.
Hepatitis A can cause fatal complications in three ways. Acute liver failure, meaning it comes on suddenly, can be fatal if not treated immediately. You could have Hepatitis A for months before having this complication, and you may not know that you have the virus when it happens.
Like other forms of Hepatitis, Hepatitis A can also lead to fulminant hepatic failure or fulminant hepatitis. Fulminant hepatic failure is simply acute liver failure that happens rapidly without any previous cause for the condition. Fulminant hepatitis is a more severe necrotic liver failure, which kills off the liver quickly and suddenly.
Although there are not really any treatments for Hepatitis A, it usually goes away on its own within six months. The body’s natural healing and immune system will usually be able to fight off the virus without any complications. This is one reason you may not have symptoms until the problem becomes severe.
Most treatments for Hepatitis A are actually treatments for the symptoms you are experiencing. Your doctor may prescribe anti-nausea medications, over-the-counter painkillers, antihistamines, and anti-inflammatories. However, the common symptoms of nausea, headache, achy joints, fatigue, and digestive issues can also be treated effectively with medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana may be able to treat the most common symptoms of Hepatitis A. If you suspect that you have Hepatitis A, you should visit your doctor for testing, even if you are able to manage your symptoms naturally with cannabis. Having an accurate diagnosis is vital in the event that you develop liver complications.