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can you tell me the symptoms of hepatitis and when should u be tested?

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Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Viral illness: You can become yellow, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain. Some patients don't have any symptoms at all. If concerned go get tested right away.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to visit someone with hepatitis?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes!: Always use good hand hygiene when visiting anyone who is sick. You didn't mention what type of hepatitis your friend has--some types like hepatitis b and c are spread by contact with blood or sexual contact, so it is very unlikely you could be exposed to them by just a casual visit. Hepatitis a is commonly spread via food. You can have a nice visit without any direct physical contact.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Should I be vaccinated against other types if I have one type of hepatitis?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes, because you are still at risk for getting the other infections. If you are still in the age and demographic profile that qualifies as needing the vaccines, then you should get them. Talk this over with your doctor.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the different types of hepatitis?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Hepatitis 'types': Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. This can be due to viruses (hepatitis a, b, c, d or e; epstein-barr, CMV etc) or fat or alcohol or iron or copper deposition or other 'storage diseases' or medications or autoimmune diseases or genetic causes or combinations etc. So - a thorough workup is usually indicated. If left untreated hepatitis from any cause has the potential for complications.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What questions should I ask my doctor if I was just diagnosed with hepatitis?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Hepatitis cause?: Hepatitis means 'inflammation' of the liver. It can have many cuases and, at times, more than one. Viruses, alcohol fat, hereditary causes, medications or drugs, or other infections can all cause 'hepatitis'. It is important to understand the cause so you can be advised appropriately. Inflammation leads to scarring. Stage 4 of 4 scarring = cirrhosis (i.e. Alcohol not necessary)...
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it true that hepatitus a curable?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Self-cures: People almost always recover with good immunity, though it is an unpleasant illness.

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