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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
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Hepatitis A (Overview)

A viral infection of your liver usually food born that will resolve over time with little or no consequence.


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How does hepatitis a spread?

How does hepatitis a spread?

Droplets and food: Hepatitis a is the type of hep that is mostly contracted by eating tainted foods or close contact with i'll person who is coughing, sneezing or some form of aerosol spread. It is the least serious of the various forms of hepatitis. There is vaccine availble, whch I use mostly in people who travel aa lot, particularly endemic areas. ...Read more

Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
644 Doctors shared insights

Hepatitis A (Overview)

A viral infection of your liver usually food born that will resolve over time with little or no consequence.


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My sgpt level came to be 59. All other LFTs are normal and hepatitis tests are also negative. I have no symptom of any disease. Why sgpt is high?

Many things: Sad to say, doctors see mild elevations in theses liver function tests all the time, most of the time we never know why as when rechecked they normalize. But many things like recent alcohol exposure, trauma to the liver, supplements, medications (Tylenol (acetaminophen) in particular), excess body fat, and low grade viral infections all can cause rather asymptomatic liver test abnormalities. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Hepatitis a (Tip)

Most of the time, hepatitis a can be treated with simply supportive measures. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis A (Checklist)

Drink plenty of fluids
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Maintain strict personal hygiene
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Follow a bland diet
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If you start feeling worse, call a doctor immediately
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Can you tell me the symptoms of hepatitis and when should u be tested?

Can you tell me the symptoms of hepatitis and when should u be tested?

Viral illness: You can become yellow, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain. Some patients don't have any symptoms at all. If concerned go get tested right away. ...Read more

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What are the common signs of hepatitis?

Hepatitis A signs: Acute or recent hepatitis a : nausea with or without vomiting, fever, right upper abdominal pain, urine :color like coca cola, stool: white or gray color, fatigue or weakness, yellowish color (jaundice) of the skin and mucosas. Many times give no symptoms. Chronic hepatitis like b or c may not give symptoms until complicated by cirrhosis with edemas (fluid in legs, abdomen, chest), spidverdins. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Hepatitis a (Tip)

Children generally are without symptoms when they have hepatitis A. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis B (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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Follow the recommended therapy completely
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Notify your doctor if you're pregnant
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Get periodic repeat blood tests
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How do doctors diagnose hepatitis b?

How do doctors diagnose hepatitis b?

Through blood work: Which include hepatitis b surface antigen, hepatitis b surface antibody, hepatis b core antibody, hepatitis b e antigen, hepatitis b viral load etc. Depending on the combination of these etc, you can tell if its an acute infection or whether the person is already immune. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Hepatitis a (Tip)

Reishi mushrooms have been clinically shown to boost immunity with hepatitis b. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis C (Checklist)

Find a doctor who specializes in treating people with hepatitis C
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Stop drinking alcohol until you find out how your liver is doing
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Get an HCV viral load test to make sure you have an active infection
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Get vaccinated for hepatitis B if you have not already been exposed to it
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What is the form of hepatitis that is acute, has no recurrences, and causes no future problems?

Hepatitis A: Hepatitis a in children is usually a mild, anicteric (without jaundice) form of hepatitis without residual liver damage. ...Read more

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How long after possibly being exposed to hepatitis should you get a test?

Which virus: There are numerous causes of hepatitis. Each one has a different type of presentation. Ask your question again with the specific agent. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Hepatitis a (Tip)

The hepatitis a vaccine is readily available. ...See more

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What are the tests for non-a non-b hepatitis?

What are the tests for non-a non-b hepatitis?

Test for hepatitis C: Non-a, non-b hepatitis is basically synonymous with hepatitis c. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed as a hepatitis b carrier with mild transaminitis. Does anyone knows what transaminitis mean?

I was diagnosed as a hepatitis b carrier with mild transaminitis. Does anyone knows what transaminitis mean?

Elevated AST ALT: - itis = inflammation. transaminases = liver enzymes, AST and ALT. Transaminitis = elevation of AST and ALT. It should not be 2/2 HBV though if you are indeed just a carrier - something else going on? ...Read more

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Hepatitis a (Tip)

What type of hepatitis do I have, and can it be cured? ...See more

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What does "a bit high hepatitis" mean?

What does "a bit high hepatitis" mean?

Perhaps: It might mean that the amino transferase enzymes in the blood ast and alt, which can reflect liver inflammation, are a little high. ...Read more

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Difference between hepatitis a b c d e...Acute...viral...Chronic...treatable? Please explain

Difference between hepatitis a b c d e...Acute...viral...Chronic...treatable? Please explain

Hope this helps: 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

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Hepatitis a (Tip)

What can I do to keep others from catching my hepatitis? ...See more

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What drugs are available to treat hepatitis?

What drugs are available to treat hepatitis?

B and C: There are drugs that can treat hepatitis b (tenofovir, lamivudine, telbivudine, adefovir), and there are drugs that can treat and cure hepatitis c (ribavirin, interferon, telaprevir, boceprevir). More drugs for hepatitis c will be approved very soon. ...Read more

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Can I still spread the disease even if I am being treated for hepatitis?

Yes: Yes, if you are still being treated, you likely harbor some viable virus in your body. Depending on the type of viral hepatitis, the precautions are different. For hepatitis a and b, oral precautions are necessary, whereas for hepatitis b and c, the virus is spread by inoculation, thus avoid sharing needles or razors. ...Read more

Dr. Adam King Dr. King
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Hepatitis a (Tip)

If you were ever in the military and are in your 50s or 60s, get screened for hepatitis c. ...See more

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I want to know my options for treating hepatitis a?

I want to know my options for treating hepatitis a?

None: Hepatitis a is rarely severe and full recovery is the rule rather than the exception without any treatment. If particularly severe and requiring hospitalization some will use pooled gamma globulin for passive immunization/treatment. Most helpful is being immunized if you are likely to be exposed. ...Read more

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How does interferon work as a treatment for hepatitis?

Immune modulator: In the treatment of hepatitis C viral infection, interferon works as an immune modulator or immune stimulator, but must be used simultaneously with other drugs such as Ribavirin and telapravir (incivek (telaprevir)) or bocepravir (victrelis). Interferon used by itself has virtually no effect in hepatitis c. The addition of the direct-acting antivirals (incivek (telaprevir) and victrelis) has greatly improved the response. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for hepatitis?

What are the best treatments for hepatitis?

Depends: Hepatitis a usually resolves on its own
hepatitis b is usually best treated with viread or baraclude
hepatitis c usually responds to an Incivek or victrelis (boceprevir) combined with Pegasys and ribavarin. ...Read more

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Could hepatitis b & c be cured completely?

Yes: Hepatitis c can be cured completely. Hepatitis b can be controlled, sometimes "cured" however it usually remains in your liver dna and can re-activate in certain occasions. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright Dr. Wright
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Hepatitis a (Tip)

What are the new treatments for hepatitis c and how successful are they? ...See more

Dr. Jay Park
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