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How will I know when I have recovered from an acute hepatitis b infection?

How will I know when I have recovered from an acute hepatitis b infection?

Lab tests: Your lab test which show normal liver function tests and no hepatitis b virus detectable by PCR testing. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Can you tell me if a person gets infected with acute hepatitis b. How much time does he take to recover?

Can you tell me if a person gets infected with acute hepatitis b. How much time does he take to recover?

Awhile: It can take up to 6 months for a person to feel normal again. The liver enzymes may improve, but patients can experience fatigue for quite some time. You should be followed, because up to 5% of persons infected with acute hbv can develop chronic disease. ...Read more

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What are the differences between chronic and acute hepatitis b?

What are the differences between chronic and acute hepatitis b?

Time: As implied by the names, acute hepatitis b is the illness syndrome when you are first exposed to hepatitis b. This includes abdominal pain, GI disturbance, fever, flu like symptoms, and sometimes jaundice. Hepatitis b can be deadly. Chronic hep b is the long term disease which may cause nothing, may cause some mild abdominal symptoms, and then may lead to full blown cirrhosis and inflammation. ...Read more

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Will CRP be increased during acute hepatitis B/C?

Will CRP be increased during acute hepatitis B/C?

Yes: Most likely yes. CRP is an acute phase reactant so an acute infection such as Hepatitis may raise it - briefly. ...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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Should any medicine like interferon be taken in the early to mid stages of acute hepatitis b?(2-3 weeks in)

Should any medicine like interferon be taken in the early to mid stages of acute hepatitis b?(2-3 weeks in)

Depends: Interferon is often prescribed for treatment of hepatitis b (along with other antiviral drugs), although its effectiveness is still a matter of debate in the medical community. Hep b is a serious condition; see your doctor immediately, if you haven't already. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies I can take for my hepatitis b infection?

Are there home remedies I can take for my hepatitis b infection?

No: In asia milk thistle is commonly taken. Its active ingredient silimarin has antioxidative properties, but it is not curative for hepatitis b. ...Read more

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How long can a person traced with hepatitis b infection survive?

Depends: Not an easy question to answer in detail since the effects of any illness or condition depend on the person. In general in 2013 would be optimistic about treatment and life. Some people with severe liver damage from hepatitis b may be able to have a liver transplant and extend life even further. Recommend sitting down with your doctor to go over the specific situation. ...Read more

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Why are patients in hemodialysis at risk for hepatitis b infection?

Why are patients in hemodialysis at risk for hepatitis b infection?

Increased risk: Dialysis patients are at increased risk of contracting hepatitis b due to the fact that the virus can survive on environmental surfaces. Patients with hep b that are dialyzed on the same machine that people without hep b can cause this but this is not commonly done any more because of the increased risk. ...Read more

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If I have a chronic hepatitis b infection, should I be on medication?

If I have a chronic hepatitis b infection, should I be on medication?

Maybe: Chronic hepatitis b may need to be treated, it depends on a variety of factors...Too complex to fully discuss on this board! you need to see a specialist in liver disease, get your labs done, including what is called a viral load, and liver tests as well as tests for various hepatitis b markers, and then have the specialist review your individual case and what they recommend, and why... ...Read more

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Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Yes.: It is possible. The rate of clearance is low - maybe 1% per year or so. The diagnosis of the inactive carrier state and clearance can both be tricky so be sure you are speaking with someone knowledgeable about Chronic Hep B. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis b infection associated with liver cancer?

Is hepatitis b infection associated with liver cancer?

Yes: Unlike most viral hepatitides, hepatitis b is associated with liver cancer regardless of the presence of cirrhosis. Therefore, blood test (i.e. Alpha-fetoprotein) and imaging study (i.E abdominal ultrasound) are recommended every 6 months beginning at the age of 40. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for a hepatitis b infection?

Tincture of time: Most cases of acute HBV infection outside the perinatal period will resolve on their own (tincture of time). Chronic HBV infection can require medication. ...Read more

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What is the remedy for a hepatitis b infection?

Antiviral therapy: Not everybody with chronic hepatitis b infection needs to be treated. It is important to go to a doctor who has experience with hbv management. If someone does need treatment, Entecavir and tenofovir are very powerful and well-tolerated medications that prevent the hbv from making copies of itself. Once started, they may need to be taken for many years. Both can reduce the risk of liver disease. ...Read more

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