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Hep B Igg
Had twinrix vac 6yrs. Ago. Tested recently for hep a&b. Both were pos. (immune). Why did hep b say IgG and hep a didn't? I am immune to both correct?
Yes: That's usually the way the tests are named. The hepa test for immunity is a test for total hepa antibody (meaning igg and igm combined). So, if a person is not suffering from hepatitis an at the moment, then there wouldn't be any hepa igm, but only hepa igg (which would mean the person is immune if she has an adequate level of the igg). The test may be labeled "hepa immunity" or "hepa total". ...Read more
Is this a lab error for Hepatitis B?: HBsAg(-), HBsAe(+), AntiHBc(+), AntiHBc IgM(-), AntiHBc IgG(-), AntiHBs(-). Repeated 3 more times with all (-)
False positive tests: With negative results on three more tests, almost certainly the positive results were false. This isn't necessarily a lab error, just a glitch in the biology of the test. That is, there probably is nothing the lab could have done to either cause or prevent it. In any case, you don't have hepatitis B. If potentially at risk, e.g. sexually active and not monogamous, get vaccinated. ...Read more
Hello doctor I have done my full body check up recently. My hav IgG test shows reactive 11.02. And hbsab hepatitis b is also reactive 41.01. Any worry?
HBsAg-, anti HBc IgM+, IgG- and anti HBs Ag-. Should you still get hepatitis B vaccine? No immunity, but new infection, not infectious.
Hepatitis: You do not have HepB, but do have HepC and need further evaluation to determine whether therapy is necessary. Yes, you should receive HepB vaccine, particularly since this history suggests behavioral risk factors. Best wishes. ...Read more
Eat healthy: Food choice matters little in the care of the hepatitis b patient, who is probably taking medication to keep the level of virus at bay. Should the disease progress and the liver fail, which in a compliant patient is unlikely today, restricting protein may help some. Otherwise, a healthy diet with relatively little grease and sugar (people overeat these), plus aerobic exercise, is your best idea. ...Read more
Depends: There are several treatments for hepatitis b, but choosing one depends on the length of your exposure. For immediate treatment after infection: vaccination + globulins are given. For chronic stable: adefovir, pegylate interferon or/and entecavir. For chronic: there are several combinations of drugs acting on two of the virus's receptors. Please seek treatment from your primary care physician. ...Read more
Protected from hep b: If you are immune or immunized to hepatitis b it means that your body is protected from infection from hepatitis b. Immunity can occur either following a hepatitis b infection that your body controls or after receiving the 3 shot Hepatitis B Vaccine series. ...Read more
Hard to say: You say "for school" which does not provide much information. Hep B is a hardy virus that has been known to cause disease by accidental needle stick in a person cleaning out a long abandoned drug house. Anyone with possible exposure to blood in any form during their personal or professional life can benefit. Some schools or health care facilities require it for students/workers. ...Read more
1-2 days: Most of the time, it should not cause any symptoms. Rarely it can cause discomfort for couple days. ...Read more
Hep B and C:
White linings inside the cheeks are not symptoms of Hep B and C.
These viruses usually affect your liver, which is not inside your cheeks but inside your abdomen. ...Read more
One is more specific: Ab implies antibodies, and hep b means antibodies to hepatitis b, which is a virus. There are several components to a virus, suffice it to say that you can have antibodies tested to the viral core or the viral surface of hepatitis b. The latter is often done to show immunity to the virus, so a positive hep b surface antibody means you are immune to the virus. ...Read more
It is possible: Having 3 doses is the norm, but confirming "immunity" is important. Getting a hep b surface antibody (hepbsab) lets the doctor know you have acquired the antibodies to fight off the virus. Some people need several booster shots before they have a positive immune response. ...Read more
Hepatitis B: Transmission via needlestick or exposure to body fluids (blood or semen) can occur with small volumes of exposure. If you have been exposed, you should be tested for immunity and if not immune followed for seroconversion. If possible, the person from whom the exposure occurred should be tested. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Hep B testing: My research suggests that although Hep Bcore Ab can be seen in acute or latent cases of hepatitis B, it is more often a case of changes in your immune response that can be "corrected" with a booster vaccine (assuming you have had the initial vaccine series as an infant). If you were not vaccinated, then please consult with a hepatologist to resolve this question further. It isn't likely serious ...Read more
Of course not !: Both hepatitis b & diabetes can be treated, & relatively easily. More importantly, before either condition presents, both conditions can be prevented--your obstetrician can keep an unborn baby from contracting hepatitis b from its mother; weight management & appropriate diet can forestall diabetes. Even early-presentation diabetics can prevent the longterm health consequences. Get medical care! ...Read more