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Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Overview)

Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation of some other cancers.


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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
1,031 doctors shared insights

Hepatitis B (Overview)

Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation of some other cancers.


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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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Treating Hepatitis B (Tip)

Treating Hepatitis B

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

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Treating Hepatitis B (Tip)

Treating Hepatitis B

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

Dr. Jay Park
1,157 doctors shared insights

Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more