The word hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is most commonly caused by viral infections, including hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Hepatitis A is transmitted through poor hygiene when using the toilet and lack of sanitation. Hepatitis B is usually transmitted sexually, although it can be transmitted by repeated use of medical instruments in hospitals abroad, including needles or anything else contaminated with blood.
The early hepatitis symptoms include flu-like symptoms; malaise, nausea, diarrhoea, and jaundice. Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, is a sign that the liver is no longer metabolising waste products efficiently. Hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. Hepatitis treatment is usually supportive; and may include bed rest, careful management of diet, and intravenous fluids. Hepatitis A can last for one to two months, and hepatitis B usually takes three to four months to resolve. In some cases, hepatitis can become chronic, leading to permanent liver damage. Luckily, vaccines are readily available for both hepatitis A and B in Streatham, so you can protect yourself against both viruses before you leave the UK.
Our travel clinic is conveniently located on Streatham High Road with plenty of parking available for our customers. Our experienced staff offer a full consultation to understand the nature of your upcoming trip, and can make evidence based recommendations regarding vaccinations you may require. Our vaccine specialists can also help with any other travel health needs you may have, and can help with other health precautions you might be considering, such as anti-malarial advice or additional vaccinations. Hepatitis travel vaccination is a common precaution that many travellers take, and once vaccinated you can look forward to you trip without worrying about contracting hepatitis whilst abroad.
Call us today to book your hepatitis travel vaccination in Streatham.