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World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by udomoh(m): 8:31am On Jul 28, 2019
Are Hepatitis B and C curable?

Hepatitis is simply put, inflammation of the liver, that is, the body’s response to an insult to the liver. Several agents can “insult” the liver, from toxins to chemicals (alcohol) to infectious agents like viruses and parasites.

However, the focus of this article is on hepatitis caused by viruses. Of the various hepatotripic (liver-loving) viruses, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus stand out, because of the ability of these viruses to persist in the liver for long periods of time, causing long term damage and deterioration to the liver over many years. This often leads to liver failure or liver cancer (hepatocelluar carcinoma).

These viruses are transmitted via blood (sharing or sharps, accidental needle stick injuries, transfusion of unscreened blood etc.) and body fluids like vaginal secretions and semen.

Infected persons can present acutely with anorexia, nausea, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever before developing yellowish discoloration of their sclerae (white part of the eyes), skin and mucous membranes. In the late stages, patients could develop signs of chronic liver disease such as abdominal swelling with fluid (ascites), swelling of the feet (pedal edema), muscle wasting, redness of the palms (palmar erythema), enlargement of the liver and spleen etc.

It could also be asymptomatic, leaving the sufferer unaware of the infection, often for many years before they are discovered incidentally by screening.
Any individual experiencing any of these symptoms, or who is at risk of exposure to these viruses can walk into a health centre and have some screening tests done i.e. Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBSAg), Hepatitis C virus antibody (anti-HCV) and other ancillary tests like the liver function test and abdominal ultrasound (more useful for those with the infection).

Anyone with a positive HBSAg test would be required to do a full Hepatitis B panel (Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis B e antigen, Hepatitis B core antibody IgM and IgG, Hepatitis B e antibody, Hepatitis B Virus DNA), which would determine the phase of infection and guide treatment.

On the other hand, those who test positive to Hepatitis C would proceed to quantify the virus by doing a viral load which would also guide treatment.
Most interestingly, the treatment of these viral hepatitides (plural for hepatitis) are experiencing major breakthroughs, with new drugs being discovered and cures being achieved. Hepatitis B remains yet uncurable, but all hope is not lost.

New antiviral agents are being discovered and current ones are able to suppress viral load to the barest minimum… enough to prevent progression of the disease to end stage/ end game.

It however gives me great pleasure to write that Hepatitis C CAN and has been CURED in many individuals. Initially, for many decades only medications like ribavirin and interferon were available, with disappointing cure rates and side effects that made “the cure of the disease more grievous than the endurance of the same.”

The newer drugs and drug combinations are however doing the trick more conveniently (oral administration), cheaper (than prolonged suffering and death), with much less side effects and for only about 8-12 weeks.

These wonder combos include Ledispasvir/sofosbuvir (Harvoni), Elbasvir/grazoprevir (Zepatier), Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/Ritonavir/Dasabuvir (Viekira Pak), Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/Ritonavir (Technivie) and Sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (Epclusa). Combination therapy is much more efficacious than monotherapy.

Like the adage goes, prevention is indeed better than cure and this holds true for hepatitis B and C virus infection.
Hepatitis B vaccine should be given to new borns and immunoglobulins added for babies born to infected mothers. Hepatitis B vaccine for adults are also available, some of which last for life.

Other preventive strategies generally involve having respect for our bodies and treating our livers nicely, by avoiding alcohol (especially the excess of it), self medication, sharing of sharps (like razors, nail cutters, hair clippers, ear rings etc), adequate protection during sexual intercourse (especially for an unmarried couple where their statuses are not known), and avoiding illicit (intravenous) drug use.

Also, blood for transfusion should be well screened and health workers should be extra careful to avoid unprecedented needle stick injuries and avoid unnecessary contact with blood and body fluids of patients.

On a final note, when has routine health checks ever harmed anybody? Do well to get yourself screened. Better safe than sorry.

https://nimedhealth.com.ng/2019/05/13/are-hepatitis-b-and-c-curable-an-overview/?amp

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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Richdad50(m): 11:00am On Jul 28, 2019
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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Nobody: 11:00am On Jul 28, 2019
Beautiful piece...well done OP for the detailed info.

I researched through the net,to find loopholes in the writeup...glad to say there is none.

Please,let us all protect our bodies.it is our responsibility.

Hepatitis B kills faster than HIV/AIDS in case yu dont know.

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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by realstars: 11:01am On Jul 28, 2019
The silence killer. Deadlier than HIV and AIDS.
Pls let's work as team, know you status now.

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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Paroh(f): 11:01am On Jul 28, 2019
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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by eben1marketer: 11:02am On Jul 28, 2019
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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by lathrowinger: 11:03am On Jul 28, 2019
This disease worst pass HIV

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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Yaronmama01: 11:04am On Jul 28, 2019
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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by stanliwiser: 11:06am On Jul 28, 2019
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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Hotzone(m): 11:06am On Jul 28, 2019
Ok. We all die
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by realstars: 11:06am On Jul 28, 2019
Many who died of this disease are acused of dying of AIDS

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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by RuddyFusion(m): 11:08am On Jul 28, 2019
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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by abkrgumel(m): 11:09am On Jul 28, 2019
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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Outreachms: 11:09am On Jul 28, 2019
Good one there OP.

Hepatitis is preventable, treatable, and in the case of hepatitis C, curable.

A simple vaccine can protect you and your family from all sorts of preventable diseases ranging from Hepatitis, Tetanus, Typhoid Fever, Chicken Pox, Yellow Fever, among others

That’s why you should ensure that yourself and kids follow through on all required and scheduled vaccines for yourself and family.

Follow the link below to learn more about Immunization | Vaccines Schedule for both Kids and Adult in Nigeria


https://outreachgroup.com.ng/immunization-vaccines-schedules-in-nigeria/

Read below 5 Most Important Reason Why You Should Vaccinate Your Kids Today

https://outreachgroup.com.ng/5-important-reasons-why-you-should-vaccinate-your-child-today/

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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by amiibaby(f): 11:12am On Jul 28, 2019
Ok
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by ayusco85(m): 11:14am On Jul 28, 2019
Does Hepatitis B has a cure? I read somewhere it doesn't some say it does.
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by precious556: 11:15am On Jul 28, 2019
The rate of Hepatitis B infection is alarming............................. I had a patient that died last week from End stage liver failure caused by Hepatitis B virus......so sad
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Xcelinteriors(f): 11:16am On Jul 28, 2019
Hmmmm
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by vincent561(m): 11:20am On Jul 28, 2019
You did justice to the topic! Kudos! You must be a doctor �
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Catchfirez: 11:23am On Jul 28, 2019
precious556:
The rate of Hepatitis B infection is alarming............................. I had a patient that died last week from End stage liver failure caused by Hepatitis B virus......so sad


Once Had Hepatitis B 2003, I can see the fear in the doctors at general hospital at island and my parent. No body thought I would make it out alive, I know what I went through, I was already in Hell. It was a miracle, something even no can explain except me.

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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Freddonance(m): 11:24am On Jul 28, 2019
Thanks Doctor for the information.
However, I don't think it is right for u to prescribe medications on social media as u just did. people may abuse such medications & of course I know you are aware of resistance.
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by Firstorderwizard(m): 11:25am On Jul 28, 2019
I see
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by teniboss(m): 11:28am On Jul 28, 2019
precious556:
The rate of Hepatitis B infection is alarming............................. I had a patient that died last week from End stage liver failure caused by Hepatitis B virus......so sad
does one require a viral load test or Hep B panel test to guide treatment for HBSag...plsss my number 07037388939
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by nafisu: 11:29am On Jul 28, 2019
from what i know it has no cure.. but can be dormant for a number of years till something triggers it
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by shogsman(m): 11:33am On Jul 28, 2019
Alphamarketer:
Beautiful piece...well done OP for the detailed info.

I researched through the net,to find loopholes in the writeup...glad to say there is none.

Please,let us all protect our bodies.it is our responsibility.

Hepatitis B kills faster than HIV/AIDS in case yu dont know.

More like twice as deadlier.
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by martineverest(m): 11:36am On Jul 28, 2019
nafisu:
from what i know it has no cure.. but can be dormant for a number of years till something triggers it
not all

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Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by zealblinks(m): 11:36am On Jul 28, 2019
Catchfirez:



Once Had Hepatitis B 2003, I can see the fear in the doctors at general hospital at island and my parent. No body thought I would make it out alive, I know what I went through, I was already in Hell. It was a miracle, something even no can explain except me.
How did you cure it sir
Re: World Hepatitis Day: Are Hepatitis B And C Curable? An Overview- Dr Seyitan by CarGuideNG: 11:38am On Jul 28, 2019

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