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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Viral Hepatitis (Overview)

Viral hepatitis is a term for inflammation of the liver that is caused by infection with a virus, most commonly Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis E.


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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

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
62 doctors shared insights

Viral Hepatitis (Overview)

Viral hepatitis is a term for inflammation of the liver that is caused by infection with a virus, most commonly Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis E.


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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 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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At a HCV viral load test to make sure you have an active infection
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Get vaccinated for hepatitis B if not already exposed
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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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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more