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Can Hepatitis B Carrier Be Cured
Yes and no: It's possible to convert from e antigen (hbeag) to e antibody (hbeab) with treatment of hepatitis b. This is a good thing, as it means your hepatitis is less active and you are less infectious to others. However, hepatitis b itself is not considered to be 'curable, ' and conversions from surface antigen (hbsag) to surface antibody (hbsab) rarely happen. ...Read more
Vaccine, avoid risk: Vaccination is now standard for health care workers, and pediatric vaccines. This should decrease risk from needle stick injuries and sexual transmission. Avoid risk: don't shoot drugs, or snort them. Condoms also help decrease risk of transmission of hep b and other stds main risk is from birth in endemic regions (exposure to infected mother's blood); infants get Immune Globulin and vaccin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can chronic hep b with hbeag negative nd persistent ALT hbsag, DNA be called active carrier. Can it be functionally cured to inactive.Infected at 16?
Definitions changing: As a new hepatitis patient, i'm glad you're learning about your disease, which is very serious but is usually manageable if you comply. Older definitions of "active carrier" focused on lack of e-antibody; newer definitions may include presence of serum markers for fibrosis and inflammation and viral load regardless of e-status. The key is to seek to be treated aggressively in hope of good outcome. ...Read more
What kind hepatitis?: "hepatitis" means inflammation of liver--due to viral infection (cytomegalovirus, epstein-barr virus, a, b, c, d, etc), familial diseases (hemochromatosis, wilson's, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, etc), infiltrative disease (steatohepatitis from fatty liver, granulomatous hepatitis, foreign body reaction), toxic (alcoholic, tylenol), ischemic, congestive, pregnancy-related, etc. Cause determines ...Read more
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
4-6 months: Interferon is generally given for 4-6 months. In some settings, longer therapy may be needed. Generally about a third of patients will respond to this medication. It's advantage is that it is short term treatment (compared to long term treatment with the other antiviral medicines). You should discuss this treatment option with an expert in hepatitis b infection. ...Read more
Hep B and C: As of now, there are treatments that can absolutely CURE Hepatitis C. A cure for Hep B, however, is not available at this time, but, with treatment the viral load can be suppressed to non-detectable levels. Discuss with your doctor or a Gastroenterologist. There are many treatment options. ...Read more
Normal liver function, should need to treat? I was a hepatitis b virus carriers. What drugs can clear the hepatitis b virus.
Doubtful: Asymptomatic carriage of hep b is common, although some hepatologists would recommend biopsy to be certain that the status of the disease is proven. There are several antivirals (lamivudine, adefovir, tenofovir, telbivudine, and entecavir), and immune system modulators (interferon Alpha 2a, and peg if Alpha 2a) which can be used in therapy, but your hepatologist would explain these effectively. ...Read more
Sometimes: Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune. If it goes chronic, usually it can't be cured, though there's talk of cures with some of the new protocols. Hepatitis c usually goes chronic; the physician may try for a cure with intensive therapy and it may or may not work. ...Read more
Not cured, treated: Hepatitis c virus hides in multiple places throughout the body, not just the liver. That 's why removal of a damaged liver and replacement with a healthier liver does not cure the infection. The virus comes out of hiding and infects the new liver too. The best treatment is using the gentlest approach to suppression of the immune system in order to allow some residual ability to fight the virus. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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