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Can there be complications with hepatitis b if I am an alcoholic?

Can there be complications with hepatitis b if I am an alcoholic?

Yes: Both alcohol and hepatitis b can lead to fibrosis and cirrhosis. I advise patients with hepatitis b to minimize their alcohol exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Definition)

Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation ...Read more


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Is it unsafe for an inactive hepatitis b carrier to eat alcoholic food that has been cooked or flamed?

Is it unsafe for an inactive hepatitis b carrier to eat alcoholic food that has been cooked or flamed?

Not unsafe: Good for you for being concerned about alcohol. Limiting alcohol consumption is important to protect your liver, especially if you have a viral hepatitis infection. Heating food that has alcohol in it will evaporate the alcohol, leaving just the taste behind (like a red wine reduction sauce) so these are safe to eat. Some people avoid all alcohol because of triggers and should be respected. ...Read more

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Can having a case of alcoholic hepatitis give a false positive for hepatitis b?

Can having a case of alcoholic hepatitis give a false positive for hepatitis b?

Not really: There are false positives for any test, including hepatitis b, although alcohol doesn't increase this risk. It is important to get follow up tests of the hbv to make sure you are truly not infected. If not, consider getting vaccinated. ...Read more

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Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years.No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever.Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety(12

Can hepatits b be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and is there a cure for it? I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for 12 years.No history of heavy drug use, no needles whatsoever.Quite a past in the sex department, although only 3 partners in sobriety(12

I : I added a link below from the center of disease control that may answer all of your questions in depth. To summarize: you can only catch hepatitis b from: - birth - mom to baby transmission - sharing needles with an infected person - having sex with an infected person - being in direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person - sharing a tooth brush or razor with an infected person (because of bleeding with those 2 activities) you cannot catch hepatitis b through breastfeeding, drinking, saliva, sharing utensils, hugging, kissing, touching, coughing or sneezing. 6-10% of adults with hepatitis b go on to have chronic hepatitis b (that means in 90-94% of people, it just goes away). 15-25% of people with chronic hepatitis b will go on to have liver disease. ...Read more

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Can there be complications with hepatitis b if I have diabetes?

Can there be complications with hepatitis b if I have diabetes?

Yes: If you mean to say that you have hep b, and now have diabetes, there may be some difficulties with some of the medications used to treat diabetes as some of them are processed by the liver. ...Read more

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Can there be complications with hepatitis b if I have cancer?

Can there be complications with hepatitis b if I have cancer?

Yes: Certain chemotherapy drugs can be toxic to the liver. If you have hep b and cirrhosis, than this will require specialized doses of chemotherapy for you. Additionally, chemo drugs that suppress the immune system can give other infections like viral hepatitis, a "green light" to become more active. Talk with your oncologist for details. ...Read more

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If HBV DNA virus is supressed in chronic hepatitis b then we have a chance of liver complication?

If HBV DNA virus is supressed in chronic hepatitis b then we have a chance of liver complication?

Yes: yes, it is possible. majority of people's bodies are able to fight off Hep B, but if the immune system has not done the job, then low levels can remain dormant and tend to resurface/replicate with stressful situations-being mental stress, severe physical trauma or immune stress. should have regular liver function tests for monitoring. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more