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I am a nervous wreck. My daughter has hepatitis b. Can you tell me about it?

I am a nervous wreck. My daughter has hepatitis b. Can you tell me about it?

Viral infection: Common world wide. Spread mostly by blood- birth exposure in far east, mid east, africa; bad transfusion (blood supply is tested here;, shared drug use e.g. Needles, contam tattoo ink or needles; less commonly sexually spread. Can cause acute hep: fever, nausea, jaundice, wt loss; may lead to chronic carrier of virus and/or chr. Liver disease. Can lead to cirrhosis, and ca. Rx available; c md. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Larson
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Can you tell me more about liver function and hepatitis b?

Yes: Liver functions are altered in hepatitis. ( a, b, c, d, e ) to a varying degree. It most of the time correlates with disease activity. Serial fu of viral count and liver function helps. Treatment alters the course of disease. Untreated hep b can cause cirrohsis, liver cancer in long run. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the hepatitis b virus vaccination series?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is a viral illness that is spread by blood or sexual contact. In this country, most babies now are vaccinated in the first year of life (birth, 2 months old, and 4 months old) to help protect them. If you have not had a Hep B vaccine, getting one is good way to prevent what can be a serious disease. For adults, there is a series of 3 vaccines (schedule depending on the brand). ...Read more

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I would like some information about hepatitis b and c?

CDC has a great tbl: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Resources/Professionals/PDFs/ABCTable.pdf

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I'm not sure, but should my ex have told me about having hepatitis b?

I'm not sure, but should my ex have told me about having hepatitis b?

It is recommended: It depends, if he/she was diagnosed with hepatitis b from a physician, we counsel and recommend all patients to have their family members and significant others checked for hep b. They also receive a call from the health department with further instructions. If he/she didn't know, then that is a different story. There are very good medicines to help control hep b. See a liver doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Please tell me the symptoms of hepatitis b in a baby?

Please tell me the symptoms of hepatitis b in a baby?

Symptomatic or not: The primary difference for babies is a much higher rate of having no symptoms at all. This can occur in older kids & adults, ~50% have symptoms >5yo but in babies 99% may be asymptomatic. They can remain so even with chronic liver disease & only be picked up through random testing or when the liver starts to fail. ...Read more

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What to do about hepatitis b serology, but I need some input?

Sure: you need to provide the test results in order to guide you. there are many serologic tests and viral tests that help understand if the hepatitis B is active or not, and if it needs treatment or not. ...Read more

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What are some common myths and misconceptions about hepatitis b?

What are some common myths and misconceptions about hepatitis b?

Several: With chronic infection at risk for liver cancer (hcc) and routine screening is needed....Most adults clear infection without need for hospitalization ..... Resolved hep b or infection in past that your body has cleared has risk of reinsurance if immune system is compromised like with chemotherapy or long term steroids .... There are some very well tolerated oral medications for chronic infections. ...Read more

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What about sex with patient with hepatitis b or c how make it safe?

What about sex with patient with hepatitis b or c how make it safe?

No method is perfect: Is it worth it? You're taking a risk, and even use of condoms is not a foolproof method of protection against transmission of infection that can be acquired from contact with even a small amount of the infected partner's blood. ...Read more

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What to do about hepatitis b. I'm so confused and anxious! please help!?

Go to specialist: go to a gastroenterologist or hepatologist. hepatitis B can be complicated, and depending on your lab testing results you may need treatment. The good thing is that if medications are needed, these are very effective in controlling the virus. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are doctors testing for when they do a hepatitis b test?

Serum titers: Often a liver fuction panel ~ 6 serum tests, one blood draw will see if there is any indirect evidence of a liver problem. If these are elevated or there are other risk factors such and direct blood exposure to an individual that has or is thought to have hepatitis b one could go straight to obtaining a serum titer. ...Read more

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Where could I get vaccinated for hepatitis B? Whom could I consult about this with?

Health department: Your local health department should be able to do this, if your doc cannot. If not ask your doc what is available in your community. It's a good idea. ...Read more

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What to do about hepatitis b?

What to do about hepatitis b?

Get tested: get all the blood tests necessary (ordered by a hepatologist or gastroenterologist) to see if you need therapy or if the virus is dormant / inactive ...Read more

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I want to know much about hepatitis B?

I want to know much about hepatitis B?

Good info below:: Hep B is common in Africa. It can be sexually transmitted. While it can be very serious, less than 5% of adults who get it develop chronic infection. My space is limited here so see http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs204/en/ for a detailed overview. For information on affordable and effective herbal treatments see http://tinyurl.com/jlpftou and http://www.itmonline.org/arts/hepb.htm ...Read more

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What to do about hepatitis b help just got diagnosed?

Go to specialist: a gastroenterologist / hepatologist can help interpret your test results, and based on the results and clinical situation he/she will decide if treatment is warranted. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do people have hepatitis b and c?

See details: The most common ways to be infected are unprotected sex with an infected partner and using contaminated needles to inject street drugs. Transfusions were also a major cause but not now as there are effective tests to screen for the presence of the virus. ...Read more

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