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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.
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Usually supportive: Treatment of viral hepatitis depends on the virus. For hepatitis a, treatment is generally supportive with IV fluids. For hepatitis b, acute infection management is supportive, in most cases this will resolve, but in the 15% of cases that go to chronic hepatitis, medications can be used. For hepatitis c, where 80% of cases will become chronic, a combination of medications and interferon.
Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Symptomatic: Most of the times treatment is directed toward symptoms, most hep a infections are self limited, but in some cases the infection can be over whelming and can cause liver failure and death, hep a is transmitted through fecal oral route, it can be avoided by following good hygiene when it comes to food handling and food consumption, vaccination can decrease the risk of infection.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Symptomatically: There is no specific treatment for hav.

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