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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Hepatitis (Overview)

Infectious hepatitis = disease of liver caused by hepatitis A virus infection.


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Infectious mononucleosis = kissing disease?

Infectious mononucleosis = kissing disease?

Kissing: Epstein barr virus the cause of mononucleosis is spread by kissing. Once you are infected you shead virus in your saliva for 18 months, long after you've recovered. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Hepatitis (Overview)

Infectious hepatitis = disease of liver caused by hepatitis A virus infection.


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What happens if have roommate with infectious hepatitis?

What happens if have roommate with infectious hepatitis?

Depends on type: Infectious hepatitis can be hep a, b, c, d or e. Hepa is spread by eating contaminated food, and can be transmitted hand-to-mouth. Hep b, c, d and e are only spread by blood and sexual contact. If roomie has hepa, don't share food, do wash hands well, and avoid eating wherever they may have gotten sick. If other types, don't share razors, & do use gloves/condoms if any blood or sexual contact. ...Read more

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Treating Hepatitis A (Checklist)

Drink plenty of fluids
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Maintain strict personal hygiene
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Follow a bland diet
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If you start feeling worse, call a doctor immediately
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Is infectious colitis contagious?

Is infectious colitis contagious?

Yes, by definition: Infectious means that it is contagious from one person to another. ...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

Dr. Camilla Graham Dr. Graham
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Treating Hepatitis C (Checklist)

Find a doctor who specializes in treating people with hepatitis C
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Stop drinking alcohol until you find out how your liver is doing
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Get an HCV viral load test to make sure you have an active infection
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Get vaccinated for hepatitis B if you have not already been exposed to it
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Is viral hepatitis a contagious illness?

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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Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Possible: For reasons that we do not yet understand a small percentage of hepatitis B carriers do clear the infection. Unless it is cleared hepatitis B carriers can transmit infection through sexual activity and blood exchange. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert Dr. Seibert
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Treating Hepatitis B (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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Follow the recommended therapy completely
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Notify your doctor if you're pregnant
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Get periodic repeat blood tests
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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C a contagious disease?

Is hepatitis C a contagious disease?

Yes: Hepatitis c is a contagious disease. The virus is in the blood, so one can catch it by coming into contact with an infected person's blood. There is no cure and no vaccine for hepc, but some treatments are available. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis b communicable?

Is hepatitis b communicable?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is quite communicable, but it takes direct blood to blood contact (e.g., IV needles, transfusions, sex with someone who has it). There is a vaccine that is very effective to prevent it; it requires 3 shots. ...Read more

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What's hepatitis disease?

What's hepatitis disease?

Liver: It is inflammation or infection of liver. Caused by viral, bacterial, parasite, autoimmune or drug related. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis b contageous?

Is hepatitis b contageous?

Yes: Hepatitis b can be passed via all body fluid contact including, blood, saliva semen. One can be vaccinated to prevent acquiring the virus. However, until a patient receives these vaccines, they should not consider themselves immune to virus. ...Read more

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Should a person with chronic hepatitis C be vaccinated against hepatitis b?

Yes: People with liver disease should be vaccinated against hepa and hepb (unless they already have hepa or hepb antibodies), to help prevent them from getting another liver disease. ...Read more

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Is viral hepatitis spred by kissing?

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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Is acute hepatitis C infection serious?

Is acute hepatitis C infection serious?

Acute hepatitis C infection doesn't always lead to chronic hepatitis C infection: But because a large majority of people with the acute infection go on to chronically harbor the virus, acute hepatitis C is serious. Acute hepatitis C infection can be treated, greatly reducing the risk of chronic infection. Unfortunately, hepatitis C infection is rarely diagnosed and treated in its acute stage because it usually causes no symptoms. Acute hepatitis C develops two weeks to six months after the hepatitis C virus enters your bloodstream. In the small proportion of people who get sick during the acute infection, signs and symptoms include: Jaundice, Dark urine, White-colored stool, Nausea, Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen. These signs and symptoms last for two to 12 weeks. Most acute hepatitis C infections today occur in people who share needles to inject drugs. Health care workers who have needle-stick injuries also are at risk. If you think you've recently been exposed to hepatitis C virus, it's important to get tested right away. Blood tests to detect hepatitis C virus proteins, followed by a later test to detect antibodies to the virus, can usually distinguish acute from chronic infection. Having acute hepatitis C infection makes a difference in the choice of treatment. ...Read more

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Is autoimmune hepatitis fatal?

Can be: If left untreated, autoimmune hepatitis can progress to liver failure. If in liver failure, it will be fatal unless you have a liver transplant. However, you can prevent progression of the disease with medications. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more