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Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Definition)

A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily ...Read more


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Can you drink every weekend if you have hepatitis B?

Can you drink every weekend if you have hepatitis B?

Wrong Question: You CAN do it but you SHOULD NOT drink at all with Hep B since your liver already does not function properly and alcohol is very hard on even a healthy liver. Drinking regularly - weekend or daily will only insure that you will need a liver transplant sooner than later - DON'T DRINK with HEP B or C ...Read more

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Hepatitis b patients can't drink beer?

Hepatitis b patients can't drink beer?

Those...: With liver disease, either viral or otherwise, should not abuse alcohol although one beer probably will not hurt. ...Read more

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Can one drink a little wine with hepatitis b medications?

Better to abstain: The problem is not with the medications, but with the hepatitis itself. People with chronic hepatitis b or c can progress more rapidly if they drink. Avoiding alcohol completely is recommended. ...Read more

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If my husband has hepatitis b core antigen & I drink from koolaid jug after him, could I catch it?

If my husband has hepatitis b core antigen & I drink from koolaid jug after him, could I catch it?

Forgive my frankness: Hopefully you've been immunized against hepatitis b, and were immunized before you got married. That'll protect you. Even more, I would hope that you and your husband are doing all kinds of wonderful things together that involve far more intimate exchanges than drinking kool aid. If not, why not? It's well worth the risk. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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I am hepatitis b carriers, could I drink wine?

I am hepatitis b carriers, could I drink wine?

A glass of wine...: In a patient with HBV is not likely a toxic event. In the same vein, taking an occasional tylenol (acetaminophen) would not further damage with liver. It is not total abstinence that is necessary but moderation. ...Read more

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I became immune of hepatitis b, can I drink beer?

I became immune of hepatitis b, can I drink beer?

Beer: One has no correlation with the other you can still develop alcohol induced hepatitis if you drink very heavily. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b, can I drink red wine?

Be careful: If someone has active hepatitis b infection, they are at risk for liver cancer even if they do not have cirrhosis. Alcohol may increase the risk of developing liver cancer, cirrhosis, and liver failure. It is probably safest to eliminate alcohol (maybe a glass of wine on your birthday). ...Read more

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Sir can I drink glucose in chronic hepatitis b?

Sir can I drink glucose in chronic hepatitis b?

Why not?: Not sure I understand whether your consumption of sugar water is for pleasure or you expect it to have therapeutic benefit here? Please clarify the point of your question-- ...Read more

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Please help me to understand correlation between drink beer/wine and hepatitis B?

Not caused by ETOH: Hepatitis B is not caused by alcohol use, however if you are alcohol intoxicated, you are more likely to have an unprotected sex which can be a cause for acquiring Hepatitis B infection. If you have contracted hepatitis B infection and have liver disease, it is better not to drink alcohol at all because of a possibility of further liver damage by alcohol. ...Read more

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If I share straw to drink soft drinks or spoons to take ice-cream with a hepatitis (b or c) infected person will I be infected?

No: Hepatitis b and c are not transmitted through saliva. However, if the infected person has poor dental health, they could bleed in their mouth which minimally increases the risk. ...Read more

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Does drinking beer to about 300 to 500ml, very often, 3 to 4 times a year, would affect my liver, as im hepatitis b, but taking liv52?

Does drinking beer to about 300 to 500ml, very often, 3 to 4 times a year, would affect my liver, as im hepatitis b, but taking liv52?

Yes, you SHOULDN'T: There is no amount of alcohol that is safe for a damaged liver, and no amount of alcohol that can be safely taken with the medications used to treat hepatitis. The fact that you are willing to risk your health for a few pints of beer indicates to me that, whatever the amount you drink, it is a problem for you. You should remain completely abstinent. Any chance of more damage is too great for you. ...Read more

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Can you have liver cirrosis if sgpt, sgot, gamma GT and alkaline are normal. No alcohol drinking, no hepatitis b or c? Do cirosis cause macrocanemia?

Can you have liver cirrosis if sgpt, sgot, gamma GT and alkaline are normal. No alcohol drinking, no hepatitis b or c? Do cirosis cause macrocanemia?

Yes: In fact, alcoholics who sober up may still be dying of cirrhosis with normal transaminases. You've got a right to know what's going on with your liver, and if you do not trust your personal physician, consider a specialist consult. ...Read more

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Am 70 yrs. I never drink alcohol. No medicines. No hepatitis b or c. Liver enzymes sgpt, sgot, alkalibe, gamma are normal. Can I have liver cirosis?

Yes but uncommon: It is still possible but unlikely. You could have had hepatitis in the past with liver injury and development of scarring. Genetic problem could also predispose one to cirrhosis. The normal liver values just means you are not having active liver injury at present but the scarring had already taken place. ...Read more

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I am positive in chronic hepatitis b and my doctor wants me to drink zeffix limuvidine treatment would this help me get well or is just for prevention?

Hepatitis B: No. Your doctor is giving you medicine to stop the hepatitis from staying active. The medication suppresses the viruses ability to reproduce. It is not a cure but the closest thing to it. Once you start this medication, however, you must always take it. This is very good treatment and your doctor is working to save your life. ...Read more

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Can you get hepatitis b and c from public bathrooms?

No: If you are having unprotected sex or using injection drugs with shared equipment in public bathrooms (or anywhere else) you will be at risk for getting hepatitis b or c. Just using public facilities will not transmit either virus. ...Read more

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How do you get hepatitis b, it only by sexual contact or can there be other ways?

Two ways: Hepatitis b is spread via sexual contact or via exposure to contaminated blood (such as IV drug use with shared needles, tattoos done in a non-sterile fashion). ...Read more

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Please explain what does it mean when you get hepatitis b (all 3 series) vaccine but titer still shows no immunity?

Please explain what does it mean when you get hepatitis b (all 3 series) vaccine but titer still shows no immunity?

Not immune: Some people don't get immune after getting the vaccine.
You may need to get repeat vaccination, but some people just don't build the antibodies for protection. ...Read more

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What will happen if you get hepatitis b vaccine after having a blood transfusing from back sugery years ago?

Nothing specific: If you were exposed to hepatitis through the transfusion, the vaccine would not treat it or hurt you. The vaccine is just a method of teaching your body to develop antibodies to hep b to protect you from future exposures. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hepatitis b from making out with someone?

Is it possible to get hepatitis b from making out with someone?

Less likely: --risk is high if there is exchange of body fluids. Blood is the highest risk with saliva being the lowest. ...Read more

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Can everyone born in the 60's get hepatitis b vaccines?

No reason not to: The present form of the vaccine was not available to infants born in the 60's, but I see no reason for them not to get it. In fact, I believe it is required for most health care systems to offer it to any personnel that have patient contact whatever their age. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for someone to get poisoned from hepatitis b vaccines?

Can it be possible for someone to get poisoned from hepatitis b vaccines?

Poisoned?: Not sure what you mean by poisoned. Allergic reactions can happen from any vaccines. Otherwise, hep b vaccines, along with other vaccines, are quite safe. ...Read more

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How do I get testing for hepatitis b?

How do I get testing for hepatitis b?

See doc or donate BL: Virtually any doc can run the tests on you. Also, if you go to donate blood, you will be checked. ...Read more

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Of all the health problems, why would I get hepatitis b?

Of all the health problems, why would I get hepatitis b?

Depends: You can get hepatitis b through sexually, blood to blood contact and during birth. In us and other developed countries, because of universal vaccination and screening, hepatitis b during birth and through blood product is exceedingly rare. If you are not immune, and get exposed to this virus, there is 5 to 10% chance of chronic liver disease from this virus. ...Read more

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My fiancee is a hepatitis b carrier, am I going to get it too?

Probably not, vaccine: Hep b can be sexually transmitted, although more commonly it is through contaminated blood products or at birth in regions of endemic disease (far east, middle east, africa). One can get protection with a hep b vaccination (3 doses over 6 months) which appears to give lifelong immunity. If you are not immune to hep b (can check with blood test), get vaccinated; use condoms. ...Read more

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