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what are the commmon symptoms of viral hepatitis?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Many or none: Most have no symptoms other may experience viral symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, fatigue) or jaundice (yellowing of eyes / skin).

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How common is viral hepatitis?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
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 (carriers).Three quarters of the world’s population live in areas where there are high levels of infection. Globally, every year there are over 4 million acute clinical cases of HBV and about 1 million people a year die from complications...
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do you get viral hepatitis?

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Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgett answered
General Practice 9 years experience
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 c from blood. Hep b and c can be transmitted by sexual activity, sharing needles, blood transfusions that occurred prior to 1990 etc. Hep b & c can also be transmitted in transplanted organs.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How is viral hepatitis treated?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
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 combination of peg-interferon, Ribavirin and possibly either telepavir or bocephivir (depending on genotype). All hcv treatment includes interferon however this may change over the next 305 years.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of viral hepatitis?

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Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
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 36-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between acute viral hepatitis and chronic viral hepatitis?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
See below: Patients with acute viral hepatitis generally present with nausea, malaise, weakness, fevers, and jaundice which occur within days to weeks of infection. Depending on the cause, this usually will resolve sponteneously. Chronic hepatitis occurs when an infection does not resolve. Those with chronic hepatitis generally do not have symptosm but can develop complications over time.

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