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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Viral Hepatitis (Overview)

Viral hepatitis = liver inflammation due to infection with a virus.


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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

Dr. Larry Lutwick
64 doctors shared insights

Viral Hepatitis (Overview)

Viral hepatitis = liver inflammation due to infection with a virus.


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What are the symptoms of getting a viral hepatitis?

What are the symptoms of getting a viral hepatitis?

Varies: Ranges from none to fatigue, joint aches, rash, nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, weight loss, bleeding/bruising, altered mental status, yellow eyes, skin, dark urine, itching, distaste for meat, proteins, tobacco, etc. Signs on exam can include jaundice, enlarged, tender liver, skin changes, abdominal fluid, altered neurological findings, abnormal lab tests, etc. ...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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What are the symptoms of viral hepatitis?

What are the symptoms 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 are the signs of viral hepatitis?

See below.: The signs of viral hepatitis are jaundice (yellow color to the skin and/or whites of eyes), vomiting, nausea, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches and pains, light color/white stool, itchy skin & abnormal liver function tests. Children can also have cold symptoms, cough and sore throat. Not all the symptoms need be present. ...Read more

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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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My total bilirubin is 3.5 mg% in which, Direct: 1.5 mg% Indirect: 2.0 mg% My final diagnosis is: ACUTE VIRAL HEPATITIS what should I do??

My total bilirubin is 3.5 mg% in which,
Direct: 1.5 mg%
Indirect: 2.0 mg%
My final diagnosis is: ACUTE VIRAL HEPATITIS
what should I do??

Mild elevation: This is a mild elevation of the bilirubin. If you have acute viral hepatitis you should follow the advice of your local doctor as treatment needs to be tailored to your situation and your local resources. ...Read more

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My brother has recently been diagnosed with viral hepatitis, what are some suggestions for his treatment?

Viral hepatitis : It depends. Upon the type, usually a, b, or c, and whether it is acute or chronic (b or c). Much acute hepatitis a and b resolves on its own. Much chronic infection (b and c) never progresses but some require treatment. ...Read more

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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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Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Hepatitis Panels: Liver function tests are not really used to diagnose viral hepatitis, but elevated ast, alt, ggt, alkaline phos, bili can indicate "something" is wrong and needs evaluation::. Hepatitis panels for anti-bodies, core anti-bodies, and antigens for each of the different types of hepatitis (a, b, c, etc.) are used to indicate whether viral hepatitis is present and the severity/length of the infection. ...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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Is there a homeopathic treatment to cure viral hepatitis b (chronic and carrier)?

Is there a homeopathic treatment to cure viral hepatitis b (chronic and carrier)?

Yes! (in some cases): One of the reasons homeopathy impresses me so much is it has the potential to cure serious illnesses like chronic hep b. I have not personally treated this but many homeopaths have- here's a report of 2 successful cures: www.Homeopathyworldcommunity. Com/profiles/blogs/homoeopathy-can-cure-hepatitis
homeopathy is highly individualized, so there is no one standardized treatment- please see comment:. ...Read more

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Mom diagnosis c hoshimotos/psoriatic arthritis/viral hepatitis/ acute myeloid leukemia. What is my risk of autoimmune disease/leukemia? My children's risk?

Mom diagnosis c hoshimotos/psoriatic arthritis/viral hepatitis/ acute myeloid leukemia. What is my risk of autoimmune disease/leukemia? My children's risk?

Altered Runx-1 gene: Seems to be implicated in changing the susceptibilty to autoimmune disease and leukemia but is only 1 part of the puzzle and there appears to be other factors as well, so even if you get tested to see if you have the genetic alteration, that in itself does not mean you will get the diseases. I recommend a healthy life style with regular health exams. ...Read more

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How can I prevent viral hepatitis C infection?

How can I prevent viral hepatitis C infection?

Avoid blood: Hepatitis c is only passed by blood exposure. This includes tattoos with dirty needles, snorting cocaine, sharing razors and tooth brushes with patients with hepatitis c.

There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis c. ...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?

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 form 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?

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?

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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What are the signs of viral hepatitis?

See below.: The signs of viral hepatitis are jaundice (yellow color to the skin and/or whites of eyes), vomiting, nausea, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches and pains, light color/white stool, itchy skin & abnormal liver function tests. Children can also have cold symptoms, cough and sore throat. Not all the symptoms need be present. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms 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 are the commmon symptoms of viral hepatitis?

What are the commmon symptoms 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 are the symptoms of getting a viral hepatitis?

Varies: Ranges from none to fatigue, joint aches, rash, nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, weight loss, bleeding/bruising, altered mental status, yellow eyes, skin, dark urine, itching, distaste for meat, proteins, tobacco, etc. Signs on exam can include jaundice, enlarged, tender liver, skin changes, abdominal fluid, altered neurological findings, abnormal lab tests, etc. ...Read more

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I 'm suffering from viral hepatitis's--what can I do for this?

Get Tested: Viral hepatitis treatment is available for hepatitis c& b. Hepatitis an is self limiting, there are other rare causes of viral hepatitis. ...Read more

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How is viral hepatitis a treated?

Symptomatically: There is no specific treatment for hav. ...Read more

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