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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
Hep B is common.: Per who: more than 2 billion people alive today have been infected with HBV at some time. Of these, about 350 million remain infected chronically (car ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience in Gastroenterology
Depends on Type: Hepatitis b is usually treated with a single oral medication although peg-interferon is used in select patients. Hepatitis c is treated with a combi ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Burgett
8 years experience in General Practice
Depends: The most common types of hepatitis are a, b, and c. People get hep a from contaminated food or water, hep b from blood or other bodily fluids, and hep ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience in Gastroenterology
Blood tests: All viral hepatitis infections can be detected with blood tests.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Which Hepatitis?: Hepatitis is not one disease it is a group of diseases, these are 1hepatitis a, waterborne and food borne infectin 2 hepatitis b, by sexual, blood ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Mankanwal Sachdev
21 years experience in Gastroenterology
No: Unless you both happen to be bleeding at the same time, or it is a non traditional virus like epstein barr (mono).
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningiti ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Ng answered
19 years experience in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Jaundice, abd pain: Depends on the virus and if it is acute or chronic infection. Common symptoms of acute hepatitis include a yellow color to the skin (jaundice) or eye ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
It can: About 80% of people infected with the virus develop chronic inflammation of the liver that may lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
27 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Pneumonia : Can be. Flu can cause viral pneumonitis which is contagious.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience in Gastroenterology
Many or none: Most have no symptoms other may experience viral symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, fatigue) or jaundice (yellowing of eyes / skin).
A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience in Gastroenterology
Yes: Hepatitis b can be passed via all body fluid contact including, blood, saliva semen. One can be vaccinated to prevent acquiring the virus. However, ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alain Ades
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Viral hepatitis.: Most common is nothing. Others are fatigue, jaundice, lack of desire to smoke, weight loss, and in some cases, death. Get vaccinated for a and b.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gehrig Harris
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Hepatitis B: Roger the answer to your question is no, chronic carriers don't normally clear the hepatitis infection. 95% of people will clear an acute infection bu ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience in Gastroenterology
See below: Patients with acute viral hepatitis generally present with nausea, malaise, weakness, fevers, and jaundice which occur within days to weeks of infecti ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Mild elevation: This is a mild elevation of the bilirubin. If you have acute viral hepatitis you should follow the advice of your local doctor as treatment needs to b ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
What kind: You need to find out what kind of viral hepatitis. A, b, c, or something else?
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience in Cardiology
No: Not really as the virus which causes it might be it is unusual for pericarditis to always result as these are usually common cold viruses.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes.: It is possible. The rate of clearance is low - maybe 1% per year or so. The diagnosis of the inactive carrier state and clearance can both be tricky s ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience in Gastroenterology
Yes: Yes, among many other things.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Burgett
8 years experience in General Practice
Hepatitis Panels: Liver function tests are not really used to diagnose viral hepatitis, but elevated ast, alt, ggt, alkaline phos, bili can indicate "something" is wron ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Steckelberg
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Acute hepatitis C infection doesn't always lead to chronic hepatitis C infection: But because a large majority of people with the acute infection go on to chronically harbor the virus, acute hepatitis C is serious. Acute hepatitis C ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience in Gastroenterology
Most anyone: Children, travelers, health care workers to name a few.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Everyone: The hepatitis a and b vaccines are very good vaccines, in that they are very safe and provide good protection against a couple of serious liver diseas ... Read More
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A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Depends on the virus: But most spread from person to person by one route or another.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Virus: Measles is caused by a virus.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Hepatitis B: If this is new most infections clear on their own. However, if you have the chronic active form there are several medications that can keep the infec ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Very unlikely: Very unlikely, unless same individual is coinfected by HIV,
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience in Nuclear Medicine
Without symptoms: Viral bronchitis is usually contagious 1-4 days after intiation of illness. However coughing and sneezing spreads contagious droplets with virus from ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Yes! (in some cases): One of the reasons homeopathy impresses me so much is it has the potential to cure serious illnesses like chronic hep b. I have not personally treated ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Altered Runx-1 gene: seems to be implicated in changing the susceptibilty to autoimmune disease and leukemia but is only 1 part of the puzzle and there appears to be other ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claude Parola
39 years experience in Internal Medicine
Avoid contact: You have to know the mode of transmission and avoid it as much as you ; mode of transmission include but not limited to blood transfusion, drug use, ... Read More
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