It's easy to forget about food hygiene, especially when you are travelling or on holiday.
Hepatitis refers to an inflammation of the liver. There are different types and causes, but the symptoms can be similar.
The most common types of hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Some types are caused by a virus, some will pass without any serious problems, while others can be long-lasting (chronic) and cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), loss of liver function and, in some cases, liver cancer. These types usually result from drinking too much alcohol or an autoimmune condition.
Short-term (acute) hepatitis often has no noticeable symptoms, so you may not realise you have it; however, if you do have symptoms, they may include:
Later, symptoms may include:
General Hepatitis A prevention tips when travelling:
Hepatitis A is usually acquired via the consumption of food and drink contaminated with the faeces (poo) of an infected person and is most common in countries where sanitation is poor.
It normally passes within a few months although it can sometimes be severe and life threatening. There's no specific treatment for it, other than to relieve symptoms like pain, nausea and itching. A vaccination is available for at-risk people so speak to your occupational health provider or GP for advice if you have any concerns.