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what is hepatitis b?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is a virus that tends to infect the liver in humans. Transmission from person to person is by intimate contact (sexual activity) or blood exchange. There is a readily available blood test to see if you have it, and there is a vaccination available (3 shots over 6 months) to prevent you from ever getting it. Hepatitis b can lead to chronic infection and cirrhosis, possibly cancer.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is a contagious disease in which the liver is inflamed. This is caused by infection with Hepatitis B Virus
Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Get tested: get all the blood tests necessary (ordered by a hepatologist or gastroenterologist) to see if you need therapy or if the virus is dormant / inactive

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How is hepatitis b transmitted?

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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
HBV transmission: Hepatitis b is transmitted via infected needle injury, infected blood and other bodily fluid exposure.
A 57-year-old member asked:

Is hepatitis b communicable?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is quite communicable, but it takes direct blood to blood contact (e.g., IV needles, transfusions, sex with someone who has it). There is a vaccine that is very effective to prevent it; it requires 3 shots.
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Hepatitis b symptoms please.

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Hepatitis: Symptoms include fatigue, fever, pain in right upper quadrant of abdomen, jaundice, change in urine color, nausea and vomiting, generalized malaise and others. It is not different from any other cause of hepatitis (which means inflammation of the liver).
A 28-year-old male asked:

How heal hepatitis b?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Most resolve: Spontaneous resolution of acute hep b infection is common, but must be followed carefully to make sure is not becoming chronic active hepatitis, which can be treated, if not cured. Do this now, because to ignore this disease can have lethal consequences.
A 28-year-old male asked:

Medication for hepatitis b?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
See a GI doctor: Particularly one who deals in liver infections. This is a complex subject and too detailed for 400 word discussion, with many varient assessments and options. Go see somebody soon.

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