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How long can a hepatitis patient live?

How long can a hepatitis patient live?

Not predictable: One cannot tell how long a hepatitis patient will live because there are different kinds of hepatitis, with different levels of severity. For example, if a person gets hepatitis a, there is no reason to believe he will have a change in his expected lifespan from it. Hep a usually goes away in a few weeks, and the person is ok again. However, a very unlucky patient can die during his hep a illness. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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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


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I am a nurse and i had needleprick from a patient yesterday and a few from the past. How long should I wait to have my hepatitis titers checked ?

I am a nurse and i had needleprick from a patient yesterday and a few from the past. How long should I wait  to have my hepatitis titers checked ?

Seek medical care: Every medical facility should have a blood exposure protocol. You should notify your employer and follow the protocol that is outlined there. If there isn't one you should get a medical appointment to get a specific answer for your specific situation. ...Read more

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"Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune" - Does this mean the virus is no longer in the body? Pls explain "recover completely"

"Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune" - Does this mean the virus is no longer in the body? Pls explain "recover completely"

No guarantees: You can recover and still have the virus in your system. If so, exacerbations of HBV can occur. Tests are available to determine if the virus, its antigens and its antibodies are present. Most people, after recovery, will remain asymptomatic. But, a few will develop late complications, like chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver tumors. You need follow-up by your physician or a liver special ...Read more

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Should patients with hepatitis C change their sexual practices if they have only long-term steady sex partner?

Should patients with hepatitis C change their sexual practices if they have only long-term steady sex partner?

No: Hepatitis c is difficult to transmit sexually. I don't suggest long term monogamous partners change their sexual habits give this low risk of transmission. ...Read more

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How long could a patient with hepatitis C virus live without any medical treatment but eating recommended food?

How long could a patient with hepatitis C virus live without any medical treatment but eating recommended food?

A long time: From my perspective, most people with hcv die with it, not of it. Not everyone benefits from therapy and many probably do not need therapy at all. ...Read more

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If i'm a hepatitis patient what are the foods i shd not eat?

If  i'm  a hepatitis patient what are the foods i shd not eat?

Hepatitis: There are no foods you cannot eat unless the hepatitis has created cirrhosis with end-stage hepatic failure, in which case avoidance of high protein intake may be necessary. Eat a balance diet with enough fresh vegetables and fruit to provide vitamin intake. ...Read more

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What kind of meals eat a hepatitis.B patient?

What kind of meals eat a hepatitis.B patient?

Whatever you like: Your diet will be unrestricted unless your liver fails and hopefully this won't happen if you comply with treatment. ...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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Is it cureable for a hepatitis a patient?

Is it cureable for a hepatitis a patient?

Self-limited: Hepatitis a is typically considered a self-limited disease meaning that your immune system will get rid of the virus in time. However people can have mild, moderate or sever symptoms during a hepatitis a attack. ...Read more

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What does patient has immunity to hepatitis b mean?

Protected: Immunity means you can't be infected, either because you've already had hepatitis and recovered from it, or because you were vaccinated. ...Read more