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Dr. Anne Larson
1,058 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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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
1,058 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

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 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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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

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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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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? I'm 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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Does high liver enzymes always mean hepatitis b?

Does high liver enzymes always mean hepatitis b?

No: High liver enzymes can be due to meny causes and do not always mean hepatitis b. ...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

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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

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What are the most effective drugs for hepatitis b?

Viread and Baraclude (entecavir): These are currently the 2 best oral drugs on the market to suppress viral load with low resistance. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis b vaccine pill?

No: There are oral medicines that can be used to treat the virus but the vaccine is only injectable ...Read more

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Has anyone with chronic hepatitis b manage to cure it completely?

Has anyone with chronic hepatitis b manage to cure it completely?

No: Hepatitis b virus gets into the nucleus of liver cells, and its genetic information replicates when the liver cell does. So far, we don't know how to get that dna out of liver cells. Fortunately, many people are able to completely control hepatitis b with their own immune systems. If not, doctors may decide to put people on antiviral medications to stop the hepatitis b from making copies of itself. ...Read more

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I get tattoos, am I more at risk for hepatitis b?

I get tattoos, am I more at risk for hepatitis b?

Yes: Just like any other invasive procedure - if the guy pricking your skin has something - you have a chance of getting it -. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to have an incomplete dosage of injections to prevent hepatitis b?

Is it harmful to have an incomplete dosage of injections to prevent hepatitis b?

Not protected: As is true with any vaccine, if you don't get all the doses, you don't get all the protection. The danger in not being properly of fully immunized is that you are then still susceptible to that particular infection. If you had some doses, your risk of infection decreases, but full protection only occurs with completion of the series, and for some immunizations, routine boosters. ...Read more

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I have hepatitis b, what diets should I eat, or avoid?

I have hepatitis b, what diets should I eat, or avoid?

None: Unless you are in the end stages of cirrhosis with hepatic failure there is no need to adjust your diet as long as you have a healthy balanced intake. There is therapy available if you have chronic active hepatitis b, and should consult with a hepatologist or a GI doctor or id doctor with interest in hepatitis. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis b?

What is hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is a virus that tends to infect the liver in humans. Transmission from person to person is by intimate contact (sexual activity) or blood exchange. There is a readily available blood test to see if you have it, and there is a vaccination available (3 shots over 6 months) to prevent you from ever getting it. Hepatitis b can lead to chronic infection and cirrhosis, possibly cancer. ...Read more

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How heal hepatitis b?

Most resolve: Spontaneous resolution of acute hep b infection is common, but must be followed carefully to make sure is not becoming chronic active hepatitis, which can be treated, if not cured. Do this now, because to ignore this disease can have lethal consequences. ...Read more

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Causes of hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: There is only one cause: an infection with the virus that is known as hepatitis b. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b fast relefe?

Hepatitis b fast relefe?

Sorry: Hbv can cause acute hepatitis which generally runs its course over several weeks but some cases become chronic, often the ones with few or no symptoms. Acute HBV infection is not generally treated but there are medications to treat chronic HBV if need be. There is no fast cure. ...Read more

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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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Medication for hepatitis b?

Medication for hepatitis b?

Many medications: Experts for treatment of hepatitis generally agreed that no treatment for acute hepatitis B infection. For chronic infection the use of medications depends on complicated multi factors such as what kind of antigen and antibody, viral load, state of liver disease as reflected by liver enzymes ALT, AST, the result of liver biopsy. The presence of HIV, liver cirrhosis, age of patients etc. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis b communicable?

Is hepatitis b communicable?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is quite communicable, but it takes direct blood to blood contact (e.g., IV needles, transfusions, sex with someone who has it). There is a vaccine that is very effective to prevent it; it requires 3 shots. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b symptoms please.

Hepatitis: Symptoms include fatigue, fever, pain in right upper quadrant of abdomen, jaundice, change in urine color, nausea and vomiting, generalized malaise and others. It is not different from any other cause of hepatitis (which means inflammation of the liver). ...Read more

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