Hepatitis B Lifestyle

living lifeHepatitis B can be contagious, even when the patient is asymptomatic (experiences no symptoms). Therefore, it is recommended that individuals who think they have been exposed to the virus get tested. Pregnant women who suspect they have been exposed to the virus should also get tested because they can pass HBV to their babies(Hepatitis and Pregnancy). Individuals who adopt children from regions of the world where hepatitis B is prevalent are advised to have their children tested when they arrive in the United States. Tests performed in other countries may not always be reliable. Tests are performed in a physician’s office, a hospital or public health clinic. Many public health clinics offer free testing for HBV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Individuals who knowingly have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus (HBV) should consult their healthcare providers as soon as possible. Patients who receive an injection of hepatitis B immune globulin within 24 hours of exposure to the virus may not develop HBV infection. Patients should also receive the first of three injections of the hepatitis B vaccine. There are few treatment options for patients with chronic hepatitis B. In some cases, the doctor may suggest monitoring the patient’s condition instead of treating it. In other instances, the doctor may recommend antiviral treatment. When liver damage is severe, a liver transplantation may be the only treatment option.

Alcohol avoidance

Individuals who have been diagnosed with hepatitis should avoid drinking alcohol because it speeds the progression of liver disease.

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Selected References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Viral Hepatitis B. www.cdc.gov. Accessed March 29, 2009.
Hepatitis Foundation International. Caring for Your Liver. www.hepfi.org. Accessed March 29, 2009.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Viral Hepatitis: A Through E and Beyond. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov. Accessed March 29, 2009.
Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. www.naturalstandard.com. Copyright © 2009. Accessed March 29, 2009.
World Health Organization (WHO). Hepatitis B. www.who.int. Accessed March 29, 2009.
The Hepatitis Information Network. www.hepnet.com. Accessed March 29, 2009.