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What are the differences between viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis?

What are the differences between viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis?

Infection vs toxin: Viral hepatitis occurs after the virus gets into the liver where it injures the tissue while reproducing the virus. The areas involved cannot keep us with the regular liver work and symptoms continue until healing. Alcohol can be processed without liver injury up to a point. After that threshold is exceded it becomes toxic & the liver cells begin to die off & scar ...Read more

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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes: One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral and alcoholic hepatitis?

What is the difference between viral and alcoholic hepatitis?

Answer is in quest.: Hepatitis means inflammation of liver. This can be caused by viruses, chemicals such as alcohol, too much fat, etc.. ...Read more

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What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?

What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?

Short and long: Acute hepatitis is the period of initial infection in which your naive immune system develops antibodies to the invading hep a, b or c. If everything works well your body defeats the infection and the invaders are cleared from your system. In chronic hepatitis the invading hep b or c particles evade the immune system and persist in the cells of your liver causing longstanding damage. ...Read more

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Is there is any difference between leptospirosis and viral hepatitis?

Yes: Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria, leptospira bacteria. It can cause liver disease in humans, but usually is a manifestation of a systemic involvement with other injury to kidneys and lungs (then called weil's syndrome). Treatment is to make the right diagnosis and use of antibiotics. Viral hepatitis is caused by a variety of viruses and treatment depends on the type of virus and chronicity. ...Read more

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What's the difference between acute viral hepatitis and chronic viral hepatitis?

Depends on virus: Acute viral hepatitis is a self limiting infection. Hepatitis a is only an acute infection and does not progress to chronicity. For hepatitis b, about 10-15% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hbv. In contrast, for hepatitis c, 75-80% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hcv. Chronicity develops when the immune system is unable to clear the virus. ...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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How common is viral hepatitis?

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 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 from 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 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 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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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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Who should get viral hepatitis b vaccines?

Who should get viral hepatitis b vaccines?

Things to ponder: Hep B is a hardy virus, with infection documented from an accidental needle stick while cleaning out a house vacant X 6mo. It is a blood borne & sexually transmitted disease that is a leading cause of liver failure/ liver cancer & need for transplant. Anyone who might have exposure to another person's blood at any time in their life can benefit from the protection. ...Read more

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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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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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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?

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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