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how long does hep b live outside the body

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
39 years experience General Surgery
It can: But the inflammation should subside in a couple of months. In about 15% of cases, this does not and develops into chronic active hepatitis which can ... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
What do you mean?: When you say that your body fought the hep b do you mean that you became hb surface antibody positive? If so, that should resolve the hepatic inflamm ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
No cure: It's uncommon to be completely cured of hepatitis b. One achievable goal is to go from having a positive hbeag to a positive hbeab ("e antigen" to "e ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
23 years experience Hepatology
1-2 days: Most of the time, it should not cause any symptoms. Rarely it can cause discomfort for couple days.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Hepatitis vaccines: Each should last about 20+ years, but you can be checked to see what your antibody levels are before being revaccinated.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
If hepatitis B is: Still present for 6 months after infection started, then it is called chronic. Many people remain infected for decades without much or any liver disea ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Tamar Jeffery
15 years experience Emergency Medicine
CDC guidelines: According to the CDC children need 3-4 doses of the hepatitis B vaccine at the following ages for best protection: First dose at birth (within 12 hou ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to be sure: The series given in kids will convert 90-95% to protective levels that are maintained for at least 2 decades in some. The detected antibodies fall ove ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Lifelong: Some experts recommend a single booster injection after 10 years or more. But it probably isn't necessary.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Variable: The length of jaundice in hepatitis B cases varies from case to case. Cases can be mild or severe and the degree of liver inflammation determines the ... Read More
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Dr. Julie Abbott
45 years experience Preventive Medicine
2nd dose 1-2 mos: CDC recommendations suggest that the first (of three) Hep B dose for infants be given in the hospital when the baby is born which, it sounds, was done ... Read More
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