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A 21-year-old male asked:

can hepatitis be cured?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Hepatitis: This depends upon the cause of the hepatitis. Most forms are now treatable if they are viral. Alcoholic hepatitis requires discontinuing drinking, and there are some other forms of hepatitis, but need more info. Good luck.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Please Clarify: There are nearly a dozen different kinds of hepatitis. Which one are you referring to?
Dr. David Drewitz
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes...: There are many causes of hepatitis some of which can be cured with antiviral medications (e.g.. Hepatitis c) and others (e.g.. Hepatitis a) that remit spontaneously without any treatment. Good luck!

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of hepatitis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Many: Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Can be infectious (variety of viruses including mono from epstein barr or cmv, hep a, b, c, d and others), toxic exposure or reaction to meds, drugs, alcohol, autoimmune, metabolic, conditions in pregnancy, obstruction to flow of bile, poor blood flow, and more.
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 38-year-old member asked:

What precautions should I take with other people if I have hepatitis?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Depends on the virus: Hep a is passed fecal to oral hep b is extremely contagious and is in all body fluids hep c is less contagious than hep b and is only passed via blood. Always practice safe sex.
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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)...
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A 23-year-old male asked:

How to cure hepatitis?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Hepatitis: It depends on what type of hepatitis you have (b or c), genotype, previous trials, your health status and many other determinants.

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