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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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
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
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
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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