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Is acute hepatitis C infection serious?

Is acute hepatitis C infection serious?

Acute hepatitis C infection doesn't always lead to chronic hepatitis C infection: But because a large majority of people with the acute infection go on to chronically harbor the virus, acute hepatitis C is serious. Acute hepatitis C infection can be treated, greatly reducing the risk of chronic infection. Unfortunately, hepatitis C infection is rarely diagnosed and treated in its acute stage because it usually causes no symptoms. Acute hepatitis C develops two weeks to six months after the hepatitis C virus enters your bloodstream. In the small proportion of people who get sick during the acute infection, signs and symptoms include: Jaundice, Dark urine, White-colored stool, Nausea, Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen. These signs and symptoms last for two to 12 weeks. Most acute hepatitis C infections today occur in people who share needles to inject drugs. Health care workers who have needle-stick injuries also are at risk. If you think you've recently been exposed to hepatitis C virus, it's important to get tested right away. Blood tests to detect hepatitis C virus proteins, followed by a later test to detect antibodies to the virus, can usually distinguish acute from chronic infection. Having acute hepatitis C infection makes a difference in the choice of treatment. ...Read more

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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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

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

Depends on virus: Acute viral hepatitis is a self limiting infection. Hepatitis a is only an acute infection and does not progress to chronicity. For hepatitis b, about 10-15% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hbv. In contrast, for hepatitis c, 75-80% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hcv. Chronicity develops when the immune system is unable to clear the virus. ...Read more

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Can chronic hepatitis b infection cause cirrhosis?

Can chronic hepatitis b infection cause cirrhosis?

Yes: Hepatitis b can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. The more inflammation present and the higher the viral load the more likely, one will develop cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Possible: For reasons that we do not yet understand a small percentage of hepatitis B carriers do clear the infection. Unless it is cleared hepatitis B carriers can transmit infection through sexual activity and blood exchange. ...Read more

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Can Acute hep c change to chronic hep c?

Can Acute hep c change to chronic hep c?

Yes, usually does: Yes, acute HPV usually becomes chronic. That's the natural course of infection. I hope you're under a doctor's care; continue to follow his or her advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b vaccine failure: will it lead to chronic hepatitis?

Hepatitis b vaccine failure: will it lead to chronic hepatitis?

Failure?: There are some individuals who apparently do not have the capacity to produce antibodies to hepatitis b surface antigen. These are the people who develop chronic hepatitis following acute infection. If you are in this category you may be at risk. On the other hand, if you have received the vaccine and not turned hep b antibody positive you might want to try once more. ...Read more

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Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Yes.: It is possible. The rate of clearance is low - maybe 1% per year or so. The diagnosis of the inactive carrier state and clearance can both be tricky so be sure you are speaking with someone knowledgeable about Chronic Hep B. ...Read more

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Can non-viral (hepatitis) liver inflammation be treated?

Can non-viral (hepatitis) liver inflammation be treated?

Yes, depends on : Cause. Alcoholic hepatitis will subside on cessation of drinking, drug induced hepatitis usually subsides with supportive care, non-alcholiic steatoheptitis (nash) will response to dietary intervention, auto-immune hepatitis is usually harder to treat, . ...Read more

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Is autoimmune hepatitis fatal?

Is autoimmune hepatitis fatal?

Can be: If left untreated, autoimmune hepatitis can progress to liver failure. If in liver failure, it will be fatal unless you have a liver transplant. However, you can prevent progression of the disease with medications. ...Read more

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What.Does HBV DNA positive mean?Chronic or acute

What.Does HBV DNA positive mean?Chronic or acute

Either: Hepatitis b virus dna means that there is presence of the virus in your body. This can be found in both acute and chronic hepatitis. If your liver enzymes are elevated in low numbers or normal and you have no symptoms such as jaundice, nausea/vomiting, changes in stool/urine color and a positive test, most likely hbv is chronic. High liver function tests, bilirubin counts + symptoms = acute hbv. ...Read more

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Is acute prostatitis contagious?

Is acute prostatitis contagious?

NOT contagious: In general most urine/bladder infections are not contagious in men or women. The prostate is located near the bladder in men. However , epididymitis can be caused by an std --so it is important to have an exact diagnosis more info: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/prostatitis/ds00341. ...Read more

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What to do about hepatitis b antigen, hep b core IgM - acute or chronic?

What to do about hepatitis b antigen, hep b core IgM - acute or chronic?

Hep B: Hep B core IgM antibody is only present in acute infection. The IgM will then be lost, and you develop Heb B core antibody total (IgG) that persists for life. After acute infection, one hopefully loses the surface antigen and develops surface antibody, which indicates lifelong immunity. The surface antibody also persists for life. If persisting surface antigen, this indicates chronic infection. ...Read more

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Help! what is acute hepatitis?

Acute infection/live: Acute hepatis is the term used for acute infection of the liver with symtoms of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellow skin and eyes, dark yellow urine and elevated liver enzymes in blood.Most commonly caused by hepatitis a virus, but can be caused hep b, hep c and hep e, adeno virus, eb virus, cytomegalo virus and several other viruses and rarely by bacteria, protozoa, parasites, fungi. Needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Acute hep vs hep c positive: which one is worse?

Dead friend is worse: Death is generally considered worse than no death. There are effective therapies for chronic hep c available today. ...Read more

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Treatment of acute pancreatitis?

Treatment of acute pancreatitis?

It depends: In acute pancreatitis the basic treatment is resting the pancreas, by limiting intake of food. Also you are given IV fluids and pain medication. If the pancreatitis becomes very severe you may need antibiotics and in rare circumstances surgery. The other thing that is done is investigating the cause in order to prevent future attacks. ...Read more

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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes: One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. ...Read more

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Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Acute bronchitis is currently considered to be caused mostly by viruses, which are quite contagious. It can be transmitted in the air, by coughing, and by contact with the sick person's hands (if the hands have been coughed on or touched the mouth). The most contagious period is usually early in the illness, and shortly before the illness begins to show symptoms. ...Read more

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Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Most of the time, acute bronchitis is caused by a virus. Influenza (flu) viruses are a common cause, but many other viruses can cause acute bronchitis. Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person by droplets produced when an ill person coughs, sneezes or talks. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with the virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes or nose. Many other respiratory viruses are spread in these ways too. To reduce your risk of catching viruses that can cause bronchitis: Avoid close contact with people who have the flu or another respiratory illness, Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, Get an annual flu shot. People who have chronic bronchitis or asthma sometimes develop acute bronchitis. In these cases, the acute bronchitis is most likely a complication of the existing condition. This type of bronchitis is not caused by an infectious virus, so it's less likely to be contagious. ...Read more

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How is viral hepatitis diagnosed?

Blood tests: Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by either hepatitis b, hepatitis a, or hepatitis c. Viral hepatitis can be prevented by vaccination for hepatitis a and b, but there is no vaccination for hepatitis c. The symptoms are often vague, such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting and diagnosed by abnormal liver function tests and by detection of the virus or antibodies to the virus in blood. ...Read more

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