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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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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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Is there any treatment for acute hepatitis?

Is there any treatment for acute hepatitis?

Mostly not: Except for acute hepatitis c which is uncommonly seen, acute hepatitis a and b are usually self-limited and do not generally require therapy. ...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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How is viral hepatitis treated?

How is viral hepatitis treated?

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. ...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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Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: Adefovir does have HBV activity. I had poor experiences in using it as a HIV drug but the dose was higher for HIV so there was more toxicity ...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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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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Help! what is acute hepatitis?

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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Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: There are currently 6 available antiviral medications for hepatitis b. Viread is the most common and Baraclude (entecavir) is also a first line therapy. Most of these medications only need to be taken once per day and have minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea an acute HIV symptom?

Is diarrhea an acute HIV symptom?

Not usually: Low grade fever, enlarged lymph nodes and malaise are the common initial symptoms, but diarrhea can also occur. However, diarrhea is more common later in the course of hiv. ...Read more

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How can acute hepatitis be treated?

How can acute hepatitis  be treated?

With time: Except with acute hepatitis c which is rarely recognized, viral hepatitis generally does not need any therapy other than tincture of "time". ...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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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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What is treatment for acute enteritis ?

What is treatment for acute enteritis ?

Enteritis: By definition, enteritis is inflammation of bowel. So treatment depends upon cause. Check out http://www.healthline.com/health/enteritis for basic info. Your GP can order tests & arrange for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a homeopathic treatment to cure viral hepatitis b (chronic and carrier)?

Is there a homeopathic treatment to cure viral hepatitis b (chronic and carrier)?

Yes! (in some cases): One of the reasons homeopathy impresses me so much is it has the potential to cure serious illnesses like chronic hep b. I have not personally treated this but many homeopaths have- here's a report of 2 successful cures: www.Homeopathyworldcommunity.Com/profiles/blogs/homoeopathy-can-cure-hepatitis homeopathy is highly individualized, so there is no one standardized treatment- please see comment:. ...Read more

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What treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis b?

What treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis b?

Complicated: New and more effective treatments available. Oral meds for hep b; currently oral meds plus interferon injection for hep c. Complicated details depending on genotype, viral load, level of liver tests, markers, liver biopsy findings. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for acute hepatitis?

Mostly not: Except for acute hepatitis c which is uncommonly seen, acute hepatitis a and b are usually self-limited and do not generally require therapy. ...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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How can acute hepatitis be treated?

With time: Except with acute hepatitis c which is rarely recognized, viral hepatitis generally does not need any therapy other than tincture of "time". ...Read more

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What are the differences between chronic and acute hepatitis b?

Time: As implied by the names, acute hepatitis b is the illness syndrome when you are first exposed to hepatitis b. This includes abdominal pain, GI disturbance, fever, flu like symptoms, and sometimes jaundice. Hepatitis b can be deadly. Chronic hep b is the long term disease which may cause nothing, may cause some mild abdominal symptoms, and then may lead to full blown cirrhosis and inflammation. ...Read more

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What diet is good for acute hepatitis?

Avoid alcohol: If you have acute viral hepatitis there are no dietary restrictions other than completely avoiding alcohol intake for at least several months. There are no other real restrictions with regards to what you eat with an acute hepatitis. ...Read more

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Purpose of hepamerz 150 mg in acute hepatitis a?

Purpose of hepamerz 150 mg in acute hepatitis a?

Hepatoprotective: Not commonly used in U.S. It seems to help metabolic processes in the acute phase of the disease. Otherwise, I have never prescribed it since Hepatitis A is a self limited disease with no known long term complications. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have chronic hepatitis instead of acute hepatitis?

Hepatitis symptoms: In cases of acute hepatitis you usually have an acute illness with low grade fever, mild abdominal discomfort, fatigue, achiness, and your eyes and skin may turn yellow in the acute phase (jaundice), (and your urine darker. In the chronic phase, about 10%, there are usually no symptoms till many years later, which are then caused by the development of cirrhosis and the loss of liver function. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many people with acute hepatitis get it from some one that had chronic hepatitis?

Can you let me know how many people with acute hepatitis get it from some one that had chronic hepatitis?

Question ?: Your question is difficult to answer due to following reasons chronic hepatitis can be caused by hep b virus and hepatitis c virus.There is different mode of transmission for hep b as it can be passed in close contacts through bodily fluid contacts, infected blood, mother to fetus passage, breast milk. Hep c is transmitted by contaminated blood and when needles are reused in some countries, not in us. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between hep.C and acute hepatitis?

Depends: Acute hepatitis can be caused by many agents like viral hepatitis a, b, c, or e, other viruses, alcohol, drug toxicity, autoimmune diseases, etc. Hepatitis c is just one virus that can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis. Most people who have acute hepatitis with hcv will develop chronic infection and can go on to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. It is important to be tested. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person gets infected with acute hepatitis b. How much time does he take to recover?

Awhile: It can take up to 6 months for a person to feel normal again. The liver enzymes may improve, but patients can experience fatigue for quite some time. You should be followed, because up to 5% of persons infected with acute hbv can develop chronic disease. ...Read more

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Will CRP be increased during acute hepatitis B/C?

Yes: Most likely yes. CRP is an acute phase reactant so an acute infection such as Hepatitis may raise it - briefly. ...Read more

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Can right rib pain alone be a sign of acute hepatitis b/c? (no other symptoms)

Can right rib pain alone be a sign of acute hepatitis b/c? (no other symptoms)

No: Acute Hepatitis symptoms coud include abdominal pain fever, tiredness, high liver enzymes and jaundice. Blood test will easily help clarify presence ...Read more

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My friend was diagnosed with acute hepatitis-c recently. How long does he have?

Treat now!: Acute hepatitis c is very treatable, with a high chance of cure. Your friend should look into immediate treatment, since the chances of cure go down over time. ...Read more

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Should any medicine like interferon be taken in the early to mid stages of acute hepatitis b?(2-3 weeks in)

Depends: Interferon is often prescribed for treatment of hepatitis b (along with other antiviral drugs), although its effectiveness is still a matter of debate in the medical community. Hep b is a serious condition; see your doctor immediately, if you haven't already. ...Read more