What Are the Treatments of Hepatitis B and C?

Q:
What are the treatments of hepatitis B and C?

A:
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver due to a viral infection. Here are the treatments of hepatitis B and C.

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is transmitted through infectious body fluids, such as blood, vaginal secretions, or semen, containing HBV.

Treatment for acute hepatitis B infection

  • In mild cases, you may not need treatment. Instead, rest, proper nutrition and plenty of fluids are recommended.
  • In severe cases, you may need antiviral drugs or a hospital stay.

Treatment for chronic hepatitis B infection

  • Antiviral medications. Entecavir (Baraclude), tenofovir (Viread), lamivudine (Epivir), adefovir (Hepsera) and telbivudine (Tyzeka).
  • Interferon injections.
  • Liver transplant.

Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage. It comes from the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is transmitted through direct contact with infected body fluids, typically through injection drug use and sexual contact.

Treatment for hepatitis C

  • Antiviral medications
  • Liver transplantation
  • Vaccinations: Although there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, vaccines against the hepatitis A and B viruses are recommended.

Please contact your doctor to find out which kind of treatment is most suitable for you.

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