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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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How common is it for registered nurses working in emergency room to contract hepatitis B?

How common is it for registered nurses working in emergency room to contract hepatitis B?

Very uncommon: as a prerequisite for their job, they should all have been vaccinated (and/or have their immunity titers checked). ...Read more

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Please provide the classification, the scientific name, and the common name of hepatitis b?

Please provide the classification, the scientific name, and the common name of hepatitis b?

Unclear question: Hepatitis b is one type of viral hepatits. An older name is serum hepatitis. Please consult this site for more info on viral hepatitis, including hepatitis b. http://www.medicinenet.com/viral_hepatitis/article.htm. ...Read more

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What are my chances of contracting hepatitis b? How common is it?

What are my chances of contracting hepatitis b? How common is it?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is transmitted by Blood, including needle stick, Mucocutaneous such as Sexual contact with an infected person or carrier, or perinatal exposure. There is vaccination available, but most important is avoid sexual indiscretion. ...Read more

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Is jaundice a common symptom of hepatitis b?

Is jaundice a common symptom of hepatitis b?

No: Although jaundice can occur with hepatitis b, it is not common. Most of the time, hepatitis b is first diagnosed from abnormal liver function tests. You should consult with your doctor if you are concerned of hepatitis b. ...Read more

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

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I live in the  us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

Rare: The chance to get transfused with hepatitis b contaminated blood product is estimated at 1/63, 000 - 1/500, 000 per unit of product. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis b be passed from father to child in the u.S.?

Can hepatitis b be passed from father to child in the u.S.?

Depends: If the father passes it to mom, before or during pregnancy, baby can be exposed & get it. If mom is known to have it, there are things the dr can do to try to stop it from passing to baby. After birth, it is unlikely dad would pass it to baby. It is a blood born agent & i don't see what likely blood contact baby will have with dad. Baby should also get the vaccine at birth. ...Read more

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How heal hepatitis b?

Most resolve: Spontaneous resolution of acute hep b infection is common, but must be followed carefully to make sure is not becoming chronic active hepatitis, which can be treated, if not cured. Do this now, because to ignore this disease can have lethal consequences. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b fast relefe?

Hepatitis b fast relefe?

Sorry: Hbv can cause acute hepatitis which generally runs its course over several weeks but some cases become chronic, often the ones with few or no symptoms. Acute HBV infection is not generally treated but there are medications to treat chronic HBV if need be. There is no fast cure. ...Read more

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Medication for hepatitis b?

Medication for hepatitis b?

Many medications: Experts for treatment of hepatitis generally agreed that no treatment for acute hepatitis B infection. For chronic infection the use of medications depends on complicated multi factors such as what kind of antigen and antibody, viral load, state of liver disease as reflected by liver enzymes ALT, AST , the result of liver biopsy. The presence of HIV, liver cirrhosis, age of patients etc. ...Read more

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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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Hepatitis b symptoms please.

Hepatitis b symptoms please.

Hepatitis: Symptoms include fatigue, fever, pain in right upper quadrant of abdomen, jaundice, change in urine color, nausea and vomiting, generalized malaise and others. It is not different from any other cause of hepatitis (which means inflammation of the liver). ...Read more

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How is hepatitis b transmitted?

How is hepatitis b transmitted?

HBV transmission: Hepatitis b is transmitted via infected needle injury, infected blood and other bodily fluid exposure. ...Read more

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I am suffering from hepatitis b?

I am suffering from hepatitis b?

Get evaluated: You need to go to a doctor who is knowledgeable about hepatitis b (hbv) and can figure out where you are with this disease. Some people need antiviral treatment and everybody with chronic hbv needs to be monitored regularly. Make sure everyone you live with is vaccinated against hbv to help protect them from accidental exposure. And avoid alcohol until you have discussed this with a clinician. ...Read more

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What is the medicine for hepatitis b?

What is the medicine for hepatitis b?

Difficult to cure: Once infected with Hepatitis B virus, only a small percentage of people can be cured. Infection frequently requires chronic suppressive therapy with medications such as Peg-interferon (an immune system modulator) and antiviral medications such as lamivudine and adefovir. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with blood/bodily fluids (safe sex, no needle sharing, etc) and getting vaccinated. ...Read more

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What should I eat if I have hepatitis b?

What should I eat if I have hepatitis b?

Healthy food: You can eat anything you like but stay away from liver damaging substances such as alcohol or tylenol (acetaminophen). There is no liver damage food otherwise it would a warning label. ...Read more

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Got hepatitis b, what are the symtoms of it?

Got hepatitis b, what are the symtoms of it?

Risk of other infect: How did you get hep b? If you acquired hep b due to IV substance abuse you are at risk of other infections, e.g., hep c, hiv. You should see your doctor for appropriate tests to see if you have active hep b or any other infections. About 80% of the people infected with hep b are able to eliminate the virus. ...Read more

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What are the effects of hepatitis b usually?

Varies: Hbv can cause acute hepatitis that can range from asymptomatic to fulminant. Outside the neonatal period, 5-10 percent become chronic and some of these develop cirrhosis and can result in liver cancer but...Good news, there is a vaccine to prevent it and medications that can be used to treat it. ...Read more

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Is their any medicine for hepatitis b carriers?

Hep b medicine: There multiple medications for hepatitis b however once with lowest resistance to virus is tenofovir(viread) interferon also use but has many adverse side effects. Treatment depends whether virus in immune tolerant(immune sleeping stage) or immune active(immune fighting stage) this is determine based on liver enzyme elevation and amount of virus in blood and specific marker hbeag. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could hepatitis b & c be cured completely?

Sometimes: Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune. If it goes chronic, usually it can't be cured, though there's talk of cures with some of the new protocols. Hepatitis c usually goes chronic; the physician may try for a cure with intensive therapy and it may or may not work. ...Read more

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What are the chances of you transmitting the hepatitis b to your child?

What are the chances of you transmitting the hepatitis b to your child?

Perinatally mostly: The virus can readily spread from mother to neonate if the mother is hbeag positive and no intervention (immunoglobulin and vaccine) is provided. ...Read more

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Cure for hepatitis b?

Cure for hepatitis b?

No: There's no cure, but there is effective suppressive therapy. ...Read more

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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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Immune to hepatitis b mean?

Immune to hepatitis b mean?

Protection: Means that specific individual is well protected against hepatitis b. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for hepatitis b?

Is there a cure for hepatitis b?

HBV treatment: Hepatitis b when chronic is very hard to cure but certainly with current medications can be controlled just like diabetes. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis B be drug induced?

Yes: I am not sure, but I think what you are asking is if you can get Hep B by using IV drugs (like heroin)? If so, the answer is unfortunately yes. Sexual contact and shared needles can both result in Hep B transmission, which is spread via blood or bodily fluids. My advice is, always practice safe sex, don't share needles, get vaccinated against Hep B, and get tested. ...Read more

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Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

Depends: If you have never had the disease and want to avoid it get the vaccine.If you have had it, the vaccine would be of no benefit. If you have a low risk lifestyle and don't care if you get it, don't. Unfortunately, this is one disease that can be passed sexually, along with other insidious ways, and could result in severe illness or death. ...Read more

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