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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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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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Untreated acute prostate infection?

Untreated acute prostate infection?

Get it treated: At your age , if sexually active, it may be related to a sexually transmitted process. Would get to a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Chronic sinusitis due to EBV reactivation?

Chronic sinusitis due to EBV reactivation?

Chronic sinusitis: It can result from different factors, but to my knowledge ebv is not one of them. ...Read more

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What test proves chronic c. Diff infection?

What test proves chronic c. Diff infection?

None: There is no chronic c. Difficile infection. Untreated c. Difficile diarrhea can persist until effective treatment is given. The stool c. Difficile toxin test confirms the diagnosis. 30% of treated cases relapse and require repeat treatment. Future relapses become more likely and can require prolonged antibiotic treatment or fecal transplant therapy for cure. ...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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Symtoms of chronic non-bacterial postatitis?

Symtoms of chronic non-bacterial postatitis?

usually pain: Patients with abacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (cpps; category iii in the 1995 national institutes of health prostatitis classification system) have the same symptom complex as those with chronic bacterial prostatitis. Such as penile tip pain, testicular, rectal, lower abdominal and back pain. Also they can complaint of frequent urination, pain while urinating and incontinence. ...Read more

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Can chronic or reoccurring mononucleosis cause gastritis and chronic sinus infections?

Can chronic or reoccurring mononucleosis cause gastritis and chronic sinus infections?

Anything possible: But these do not sound directly connected. See a pcp and have an exam after providing a full detailed history. Hope you get better soon. Best. ...Read more

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What's chronic bacterial prostatitis from?

What's chronic bacterial prostatitis from?

Not all prostatitis: Is bacterial. Perhaps prostate and seminal vesicle congestion may be irritating? We call prostatis when we cannot make a more specific diagnosis, and you suffer irritative effects. Commonly, anti-biotics are used, and anti-inflammatories. But sex, too much or too little, has no established role. Having sex can elevate the psa test, however. ...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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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 prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

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Can chronic non-bacterial prostatitis be cured?

Can chronic non-bacterial prostatitis be cured?

Here are some ...: This diagnosis is a potpourri of various still unknown prostate-related disorders. Thus far, some mystery surrounding it is still in the cloud, its reasonable care options are available ranging from taking alpha-blocker, pelvic floor muscle exercise, possible drug use for pelvis nerve (pudental) neuropathy or even nerve block, etc. In short, it's manageable but not necessarily curable. More? Ask. ...Read more

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What r markers for chronic hepatitis b?

A few: Positive hep b sag, high viral load, elevated alt level. ...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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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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Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Immune deficiency: Good that HIV has been ruled out! but there are other immune-deficiency states that need to be addressed. Tell your md to refer you to a good immunologist for further work up. ...Read more

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Can chronic bronchitis be contagious?

Can chronic bronchitis be contagious?

No...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd. It is usually a result of smoking. There is no infection present in chronic bronchitis. Smoking cessation is important for prevention. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver ...Read more