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Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Overview)

A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily preventable by a vaccine.


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How does hepatitis b spread?

How does hepatitis b spread?

Many ways: Blood transfusion, sex, intravenous drug use with infected needle, post exposure needle stick ( needle that was used for injecting some one who is infected with hepatitis b), although not all needle sticks will result into an infection. ...Read more

Dr. Anne Larson
1,051 doctors shared insights

Hepatitis B (Overview)

A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily preventable by a vaccine.


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Is jaundice a common symptom of hepatitis b?

Is jaundice a common symptom of hepatitis b?

No: Although jaundice can occur with hepatitis b, it is not common. Most of the time, hepatitis b is first diagnosed from abnormal liver function tests. You should consult with your doctor if you are concerned of hepatitis b. ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez Dr. Parvez
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Hepatitis b (Tip)

Get your close family members vaccinatef for hepatitis b. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis B (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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Follow 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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What are some of the symptoms of hepatitis b?

What are some of the symptoms of hepatitis b?

If at all...: ...You may develop fatigue and jaundice, though it may be asymptomatic. In rare cases it can take a fulminant form. However, only 15% of cases lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Can right rib pain alone be a sign of acute hepatitis b/c? (no other symptoms)

Can right rib pain alone be a sign of acute hepatitis b/c? (no other symptoms)

No: Acute Hepatitis symptoms coud include abdominal pain fever, tiredness, high liver enzymes and jaundice. Blood test will easily help clarify presence ...Read more

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

Do notify sexual partners about your hepatitis status. ...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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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

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Hepatitis b (Tip)

Avoid high doses of Acetaminophen and regular alcohol intake. ...See more

Dr. Camilla Graham Dr. Graham
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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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At a HCV viral load test to make sure you have an active infection
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Get vaccinated for hepatitis B if not already exposed
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Do you think I should vaccinate my baby against hepatitis b?

Do you think I should vaccinate my baby against hepatitis b?

ABSOLUTELY: By vaccinating your baby you not only prevent hepatitis b but by doing so you potentially prevent liver cancer in your child future. ...Read more

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I went to the clinic im experiencing extreme fatigue, tiredness, irritability. They did a CBC test hepatitis b results "inconclusive" why? Im scared

Not clear: Hepatitis b is not detected by CBC (complete blood count). If they did a separate "hepatitis b" test, then i'd like to see the result thereof. There are different antibodies and antigens that are tested, so without actually seeing the result, it is hard to tell whether it is conclusive or not. Also, if you are in the acute phase of hepatitis b, the results of the tests may be inconclusive. ...Read more

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Do you need liver tests for hepatitis b?

Do you need liver tests for hepatitis b?

Yes: Symptoms may be suggestive, but there are several strains of viral hepatitis. Specific tests are needed to determine which strain you have so appropriate treatment may be undertaken. ...Read more

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What causes hepatitis b?

What causes hepatitis b?

A virus: The hepatitis b virus is transmitted via blood transfusion or other blood exposures, sexually, and at the time of delivery from mother to child. It can cause chronic infection which may result in cirrhosis and even liver cancer. There is a vaccine to prevent infection licensed in the usa in 1982 and there are some medications that can be used to treat chronic infection. ...Read more

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Is there a gentle way to treat hepatitis b?

Yes: Depending on the stage of hepatitis b, there must be an indication to treat which could be an oral drug or oral drug and interferon. If there is no indication to treat, then careful monitoring is necessary. ...Read more

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Doc is it true that hepatitis b can be treated already?

-No: There is no actual treatment for hepatitis B per se except dietary and supportive measures. However, there is treatment for post exposure to Hepatitis B in the form of giving hepatitis B immune globulin and vaccination against hepatitis B. ...Read more

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Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: Adefovir does have HBV activity. I had poor experiences in using it as a HIV drug but the dose was higher for HIV so there was more toxicity ...Read more

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Is there treatment for hepatitis b?

Is there treatment for hepatitis b?

Yes!: There are several good medications which can treat hepatitis b virus infection. The two most commonly used are Entecavir and tenofovir. In addition, hepatitis b virus infection can be treated with interferon. Hepatitis b can exist in many forms, some of which do not require treatment. You should discuss this with your doctor to see which form you have. ...Read more

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What is treatments for patients with hepatitis b?

What is treatments for patients with hepatitis b?

Several: Once a doctor has decided that someone does need treatment for their chronic hepatitis b infection (not everyone needs treatment immediately), they may recommend drugs that block viral replication, like tenofovir or entecavir. Less commonly, they might recommend an immune drug called interferon alfa that helps the body fight the hepatitis b. It is important to be monitored regularly. ...Read more

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Will lamivudine cure hepatitis b completely?

Possible yes: Natural history of hepatitis b leads to strong immunity against disease without treatment, Lamivudine is used for hepatitis b that is chronic( your body is unable to buld a strong immune responde against it and when the disease endangeres your liver function. Basically the drug slows down viral replication. So there is a chance it may lead to a complete halt of viral replication ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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How get rid of hepatitis b?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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How get rid of hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: In about 80-90% of hepatitis b cases- your body will be able to get rid of the viral infection. In minority cases- the virus will stay and cause a chronic active hepatitis b infection and this can put you at risk to have liver cirrhosis, failure and liver cancer. Treatment for acute infection is mainly supportive care. For chronic active infection- go to see hepatologist for further therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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