Hepatitis B – Treatment

There are two forms of hepatitis B virus infection: the acute hepatitis B and the chronic hepatitis B. The first one will not require medical treatment and it will usually resolve on its own with the help of the immune system that will fight off the infection. In some cases, there can be some very severe symptoms like diarrhea or vomiting thus the person that is infected may need treatment in restoring the fluids from their bodies and electrolytes.
Sadly, there is no existent medications on the market that is fully tested that will prevent acute hepatitis B virus from becoming chronic. In such a case it comes down to the life style of that person. Eating healthy foods, exercising daily, going regularly to the doctor and living a very well balanced life will help you having a very strong body and immune system that can combat many infections including the hepatitis B virus. At the same time if the condition develops into the chronic hepatitis B infection you will urgently need to consult your doctor for treatment because this can be life threatening.

 

The amount of replicating active virus in the blood and in the liver will have a direct connection to the degree in which the liver will be damaged. The basic test that your doctor will perform on you is measuring the amount of HBV DNA, in other words viral load, that is within the blood and which will give a very clear picture to your doctor on how quick the virus will multiply. Nowadays treatments for chronic hepatitis B virus are effective and are also know as antiviral drugs because they will try to fight off the virus in the process of multiplication. The best therapy for this virus is antiviral agents but at the same time there is a risk that this will not work on all individuals at hand.

This kind of therapy will be not most appropriate for all persons that will be infected with chronic hepatitis B virus because it will clearly have an upper hand on the progressive type of illness or the early stages of cirrhosis. At the same time, the decision to administer such medication to the patient will be made by the health care practitioner, the patient and a necessary opinion from a specialist in this kind of diseases of the digestive system or of the liver, know as the gastroenterologist or the hepatologist. After the certain amount of tests, are made, HBV DNA tests or quite frequently liver biopsies, this decision will be undertaken by all three in accordance solely with the patient. Within the start of the treatment there are usually daily blood tests that will surely indicate the liver functions and the response to it. A small number of people reach this stage but at the same time if you do get here, be strong and confident that your immune system in help with the treatment will effectively work.

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