Can Hepatitis B patient live a normal life?


hep-bLeading a healthy life in spite of being positive for Hepatitis B:

Hepatitis B (Hep B) is viral infection affecting the liver. It is caused by Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). Many people who are diagnosed to have chronic hepatitis B have a question – “I am hepatitis B positive – How do I cope with living with Chronic Hepatitis B?” “How long can you live with Hepatitis B?” or “Can Hepatitis B patient live a normal life?”:

If you are diagnosed to have Hep B, blood tests for different antibodies can detect if your infection was recent or an old one. After an initial Acute infection when the individual is not able to totally get rid of HBV even after 6 months, he is said to have Chronic Hep B. Most individuals with chronic Hep B live a normal symptom-free life. But they still have HBV in their blood and can pass this infection on to others through blood and sexual contact. Once you have been handed this Chronic Hepatitis B diagnosis, here is what you need to take care of:

Routine investigations:

Progressive liver damage caused by HBV can cause liver complications like liver cancer, liver cirrhosis, and liver failure. Your doctor will advise to undergo following tests to keep a check:

1.Blood tests:

  • To detect presence of Virus (called antigen): HBsAg & HBeAg
  • To detect presence of antibodies to the virus: Anti HBc, Anti HBe and Anti HBs (antibodies against Hep B virus core particles, virus envelop particles and virus surface particles)
  • Liver function test (LFT): SGOT, SGPT, and Bilirubin indicate if the liver is functioning normally.
  • Ultra-sonography of abdomen: To check for any structural changes in the liver
  • Viral load/Quantitative HCV RNA test: To know how much of the virus is present in the bodyLife Force Homeopathy

Preventing the spread of infection to others :

Along with being cautious for your own health, as a part of one’s moral responsibility, Hepatitis B positive patients should make conscious efforts to prevent transmitting the infection to one’s family members and sexual partners. This can be done by:

  • Best measure to ensure safety of your family members against HBV is getting them all vaccinated against HBV
  • Items of personal hygiene should be kept separately so that those who stay with you will not even accidentally share your tooth brush or razor.
  • Sanitary tampons used during menses should be wrapped thoroughly before disposing them off.
  • Never allow your family members or friends to touch your wounds. Any cuts or sores on the body should be kept covered under the bandage.
  • Never donate blood, semen or any body organ
  • Precautions to be taken while tattooing and body piercing: It is very important to give prior intimation of Hep B positive status to the professional doing body piercing or tattooing so that the needles or blades used for you can be disposed off and will not be used on others.

One also needs to know that the virus does not spread via:

  • A cough or sneeze droplets
  • Although the virus is present in weak concentrations in saliva, sweat, breast milk and urine until now there is no strong evidence which suggests the spread of the virus through these body fluids unless they are contaminated with infected blood. Thus HBV doesn’t spread by casual contact, hugging or kissing.
  • HBV doesn’t spread through food or sharing utensils like cups or cooking vessels or plates etc.
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Precautions to prevent spread of HBV to your spouse or sexual partner

HBV is present in seminal as well as vaginal fluid making the spread of the virus to one’s partner possible via vaginal and anal sex.

  • Use barrier methods of contraception like condom/diaphragm
  • Get your partner vaccinated against Hep B as soon as you are diagnosed.

Prevention of Hep B virus from mother to neonate/infant:

  • Two vaccines which are presently given to prevent transmission from a mother to her child are HBIG and H B vaccine. These two vaccines should be given within 12 hours of birth to a neonate born to Hep B positive mother.
  • HB vaccine is given in three doses. The first dose is given simultaneously with HBIG. 2nd & 3rd dose of HB vaccine are given at age of 1 month & 6 months.

Precautions against over the counter drugs: Every medicine that you take is ultimately metabolized by the liver. Hence never go for any medicine suggested by anyone else than a doctor. Any herbal medicines should also be strictly avoided unless prescribed by Doctor.

Precautions to be taken in case you are diagnosed to have liver damage:

  • Say no to alcohol: Alcohol consumption in excess is an independent risk factor for liver cirrhosis, liver failure & liver cancer. When patients of Hep B regularly consume alcoholic beverages in excess, it will definitely accentuate the further damage to liver. Say no to alcohol/ limit the alcohol consumption to small quantities on few days.
  • Avoid eating out side food: Eating raw oysters should be avoided as they can be the source of bacteria Vibrio Vulnificus. Also outside food can be the source of food infection/gastritis/hepatitis A. Any of these diseases superimposed on already infected liver will definitely cause further harm to the liver
  • Vaccines: Outside food can be the source of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) which spreads via contaminated water or food. Hep A Vaccines will protect you from catching HAV infection. Vaccines against flu and pneumonia should also be taken to prevent dual infection.

Homeopathic treatment is very promising for patients with Chronic Hepatitis B in terms of improving in liver functions and arresting further damage to the liver to prevent complications like liver cirrhosis. At Lifeforce Homoeopathy Dr. Shah has researched a new Homoeopathic medicine which has proven extremely beneficial to all patients at Lifeforce clinic. To know more leave us your contact details below or get in touch with us +91-22-66888888 or email us at info@lifeforce.in or click here.
– Written by Dr Mugdha Patil, Associate Doctor to Dr Rajesh Shah, Team LifeForce

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    • 2
      Life Force

      At LifeForce, with the help of Dr. Shah’s research based medicines and homeopathy, hepatitis B can be treated symptomatically, the viral load can be well controlled. We help the patient improve his quality of life and improve his general health and immunity thereby prevent further progress of the disease and improving body’s ability to fight back infections. For more info for treatment of Hepatitis B feel free to contact us on 0226888888 or send us your query on https://www.askdrshah.com/askyourquestionpage.aspx

       
    • 4
      Life Force

      Milk thistle has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which help prevent depletion of Glutathione which is again a “master antioxidant”.It can be used as a supplement as it does not have any serious side effects. For more info for treatment of Hepatitis B feel free to contact us on 0226888888 or send us your query on https://www.askdrshah.com/askyourquestionpage.aspx

       
  1. 7
    dinesh

    Hi,

    I am 27 years old. I done blood test which told HbsAg postive. Doctor told that he will not start the treatment , but he will do monitoring for very 4 months. these are details of blood test.

    ALT 76IU/ml

    HbsAg – Reactive

    HbsAb < 10.0

    HbeAg – Non Reactive

    HbeAb – Reactive

    Ultra sound scan of liver shows fatty liver

    he told that i am infected from last 10 years, is my condition serious. please advice.

     
    • 8
      Life Force

      Hello, Mr.Dinesh thanks for writing us. we can advise you on the basis of symptoms you have. For the same please provide your contact details so our expert doctor from Dr. Rajesh Shah’s Team can contact you to evaluate your condition and advise.

       
  2. 9
    tshidi

    hi.im 33 nd I’ve been recently diagnised with hepatitis b .I’m so scared since my family has a history of cancer. the doctor said that my lungs are functioning well nd I have no signs of cirrhosis.I would however like to no more about hep b and how to best manage it.

     
    • 10
      Life Force

      Hello, Mr.Tshidi thanks for writing us. Homeopathic treatment can also help in delaying the complications of Hepatitis B (such as cirrhosis and liver cancer) as far as possible. We can help you by Dr Shah’s research based medicines for Hepatitis B. For the same please provide your contact detail so our expert doctor from Dr. Rajesh Shah’s Team can contact you to evaluate your condition and advise.

       
  3. 11
    George

    Hi Doc ,I was diagnosed of HepB and I turned positive to the virus when I was 18 and am 27 now . I tested positive again June this year . Is it automatic that am now a Hep B chronic patient?
    Test results 9yrs ago
    HBsAg ,ATL 46

     
  4. 13
    Gowresh

    Hi,

    I have tested to check whether i have Hep b and the values found are below after the test

    SEROLOGY
    HBsAg (CHEMILUMINISCENCE)* (Blood/
    Chemiluminescence)

    4771.39

    I think yes its positive i am 25 years old and feeling depressed by this as my mom is undergoing the treatment for liver stage 4 within a months she will be going for a transplant. so please doc guide me what is the case with me will it be cured can i lead a normal life?

    Thanks
    Gowresh

     
  5. 15
    P L Tiwari

    I am 33 years old female. I am positiv hepatitis B.
    My husband is is negative. On 19-7-2017 he got vaccine of anti hepatitis b. 2 dose are due for him. Can we mate without protection. Is he safe from hepatitis b during mating with me. Please me.

     
    • 16
      Life Force

      For you: If there are no pathological changes in your liver due to Hepatitis B infection, your liver profile is within normal range and your Hepatitis B viral load is under control
      For your partner: If he got all the vaccines as per Hepatitis B vaccination schedule and his Hepatitis B antibody titer is high enough after vaccination. Possibilities of transmission of Hepatitis B infection are comparatively less through sexual contact if you and your partner both fulfill above-mentioned conditions.
      As your Husband got his first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine on 19.07.2017 and his 2 more doses are due, let him complete the vaccination as per schedule and get his Hepatitis B antibody titer done. Please consult the nearest gastroenterologist for better understanding and proper management of your case.

       
  6. 17
    deno

    Am Haptitis B positive but now am feeling left abdominal pain what would it be and it is persisting for now one month on and Off yet i had just finish taking my dose of six months which ended in April 2017. I will be glad for help

     
  7. 19
    Givind jha

    Hello sir/mam
    I am 30 I have hapatitis B fist time I know 7 year ago I want to doctor he said your HBV DNA is negitave so we can’t start treatment till it’s positive but till the time u have to diagnosis every 6 months but now I not understanding that if I have virus in my body why it can not be removed
    I am leaving with depression please gide me

     
  8. 21
    Johns Kafui

    Pls I was tested HBV positive and for three years ago and feeling pains in ma chest for a month now.Can the my liver be the cause and an advice pls.

     
    • 22
      Life Force

      In order to guide you correctly for your query, we request you to provide your contact detail so one of our expert doctors will contact you or you may call us on + 91-22-66-888888 or write to us info@lifeforce.in

       
  9. 25
    Ato

    I’m 30 year old and diagnosed with chronic hepatitis b,I’m taken medicine called tenofovir for 8 month.But I had a ppain in my liver and stomach problem, is this shows that I’m getting in worse condition, please suggest and help me out.

     

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