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Doctor insights on: How To Differentiate Between Leptospirosis And Viral Hepatitis

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Is there is any difference between leptospirosis and viral hepatitis?

Is there is any difference between leptospirosis and viral hepatitis?

Yes: Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria, leptospira bacteria. It can cause liver disease in humans, but usually is a manifestation of a systemic involvement with other injury to kidneys and lungs (then called weil's syndrome). Treatment is to make the right diagnosis and use of antibiotics. Viral hepatitis is caused by a variety of viruses and treatment depends on the type of virus and chronicity. ...Read more

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Dr. Leonard Mermel
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Leptospirosis (Definition)

A severe infection that is caused by a specific bacteria. It usually occurs in warmer climates, and the bacteria may be found in fresh water that is ...Read more


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How to treat viral hepatitis b?

How to treat viral hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: If this is new most infections clear on their own. However, if you have the chronic active form there are several medications that can keep the infection at bay and give your liver a chance to recover. If i knew where you lived i could perhaps help you there.... But find one who knows how to aggressively work with you to suppress this virus. ...Read more

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Who should get viral hepatitis b vaccines?

Who should get viral hepatitis b vaccines?

Most people: Infants & children, household contacts of people with hep b, people who have sex with multiple partners, people with a hx of an std, men who have sex with men, injectable drug users, healthcare works, adults with diabetes, people with chronic kidney disease, people with hiv, people with chronic liver disease, travelers to countries where hep. B is endemic. If in doubt, talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is viral hepatitis spred by kissing?

No: Unless you both happen to be bleeding at the same time, or it is a non traditional virus like epstein barr (mono). ...Read more

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What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?

What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?

Short and long: Acute hepatitis is the period of initial infection in which your naive immune system develops antibodies to the invading hep a, b or c. If everything works well your body defeats the infection and the invaders are cleared from your system. In chronic hepatitis the invading hep b or c particles evade the immune system and persist in the cells of your liver causing longstanding damage. ...Read more

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Is viral hepatitis a contagious illness?

Yes: Types a and e are spread fecal-orally. B, c, and d spread thru blood and body fluids. ...Read more

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What are the differences between viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis?

Infection vs toxin: Viral hepatitis occurs after the virus gets into the liver where it injures the tissue while reproducing the virus.The areas involved cannot keep us with the regular liver work and symptoms continue until healing. Alcohol can be processed without liver injury up to a point. After that threshold is exceded it becomes toxic & the liver cells begin to die off & scar ...Read more

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Why is recommended for patients with viral hepatitis refrain from eating fatty food?

Fatty food makes sic: When you have hepatitis you liver is not functioning, and fatty foods are not well tolerated and can be symptomatic difficulty in absorption, till the acute process is over especially in hepatitis a. ...Read more

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Who should get viral hepatitis vaccines?

Who should get viral hepatitis vaccines?

Those at risk: See cdc website or advisory committee for immunization practices (acip). Too many specifics to cover here. For hep b which is the most common viral hep, risk groups are those on hemodialysis, high risk sexual behavior, those with chronic liver disease, those with diabetes, household contacts of pt's with hep b, those with chronic liver disease, healthcare workers, and neonates of hep b mothers. ...Read more

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Does viral hepatitis C kill?

It can: Persons with chronic hepatitis c can develop cirrhosis and liver cancer especially in those with concomitant alcohol abuse. Most of those infected however when they die, die with the virus, not from the virus. ...Read more

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How common is viral hepatitis?

Not uncommon: In the us, there are between 3.5 million to 5.3 million americans have chronic viral hepatitis. There are some high risk groups - one out of every 7 african american men in their 40s is living with chronic hepatitis c, and approximately 1 in 12 asian americans is living with chronic hepatitis b. In the us, viral hepatitis causes 12, 000 to 15, 000 deaths annually from cancer and liver failure. ...Read more

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How is viral hepatitis treated?

How is viral hepatitis treated?

Depends on Type: Hepatitis b is usually treated with a single oral medication although peg-interferon is used in select patients. Hepatitis c is treated with a combination of peg-interferon, Ribavirin and possibly either telepavir or bocephivir (depending on genotype). All hcv treatment includes interferon however this may change over the next 305 years. ...Read more

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How do you get viral hepatitis?

How do you get viral hepatitis?

Depends: The most common types of hepatitis are a, b, and c. People get hep a from contaminated food or water, hep b from blood or other bodily fluids, and hep c from blood. Hep b and c can be transmitted by sexual activity, sharing needles, blood transfusions that occurred prior to 1990 etc. Hep b & c can also be transmitted in transplanted organs. ...Read more

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How is viral hepatitis diagnosed?

Blood tests: Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by either hepatitis b, hepatitis a, or hepatitis c. Viral hepatitis can be prevented by vaccination for hepatitis a and b, but there is no vaccination for hepatitis c. The symptoms are often vague, such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting and diagnosed by abnormal liver function tests and by detection of the virus or antibodies to the virus in blood. ...Read more

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How do you catch viral hepatitis?

Depends on the type : Types a and e are spread mostly via fecally contaminated food or water. Types b, c and d are transmitted by infected blood or some other body fluids. ...Read more

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What are signs of viral hepatitis?

What are signs of viral hepatitis?

Many or none: Most have no symptoms other may experience viral symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, fatigue) or jaundice (yellowing of eyes / skin). ...Read more

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What're the types of viral hepatitis?

A through E: Of the viruses causing hepatitis as the main manifestation, there are five. A and e are spread fecal-orally usually thru contaminated water or food. The others are spread thru blood and body fluids. ...Read more

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