Posted On Dec 24, 2019

Hepatitis B Treatment in Bangalore

Hepatitis B is a contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV virus is passed from person to person through blood, semen or other body fluids. Common ways HBV is transmitted include:

  • Sexual contact
  • Sharing of needles and syringes contaminated with infected blood
  • Accidental needle sticks, and
  • from Mother to Child

HBV is a common virus that infects and inflames the liver. Hepatitis infection can be either acute or chronic. Jaundice, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, joint pain and abdominal pain are symptoms of Hepatitis B. Chronic hepatitis B can cause severe complications like liver failure, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, kidney disease, inflammation of blood vessels and anemia. HBV has no medical cure, but it can be prevented by vaccination and other lifestyle changes.

Here are the preventive measures for hepatitis B infection.

Get vaccinated

The best way to prevent Hepatitis B infection is to get vaccinated against the virus. The vaccine is administered three times over a six-month period. The vaccine is 95% effective against Hepatitis B. It provides indefinite protection against infection. Vaccination is recommended for:

  • All the infants (first dose given at birth)
  • All the children who are 18 years old or younger
  • Sex partners or individuals who have had contacts with HBsAg positive patients
  • Anyone who is on treatment for the sexually transmitted disease
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Drug abusers
  • People infected with hepatitis C virus and other chronic liver diseases
  • Health care workers 
  • People infected with HIV
  • Patients on Hemodialysis and Peritoneal dialysis
Other ways to prevent HBV infection include:
  • Know the HBV status of your sexual partner

Before engaging in unprotected sex with your partner, make sure that he/she is not infected with HBV or other STDs.

  • Practice safe sex

If you do not know the health status of your partner, then use a condom every time you have sex. But one thing you need to remember is that condom can only reduce the risk of contracting HBV, does not eliminate the risk. Visit Manipal, the best kidney hospital.

  • Avoid using illicit drugs

 If you are using illicit drugs, then stop using them to prevent Hepatitis B infection.

  • Be alert about body piercing and tattooing

If you want to get a tattoo or piercing, then look for a reputable shop. Before getting it done, ask about how the equipment is cleaned and make sure that the person is using sterile needles.

  • Have hepatitis B vaccine before you travel

If you are traveling to an area where Hepatitis B is common or prevalent, then consult your doctor about getting the vaccine and have it in advance. It is usually given in three doses over a six-month period.

  • Avoid sharing personal things

Avoid sharing toothbrushes, nail clippers, or razors with an infected person. Small cuts in the skin are a perfect model for contracting such viruses.

  • Maintain a healthy immune system

 Your immune system plays a crucial role in protecting you from infections. To keep your immune system strong  you need to follow the following lifestyle such as:

  • Sleeping adequately
  • Eating more fresh foods and vitamin supplements like Vitamin A, C, and D, zinc, selenium, etc. to boost your immunity
  • Practicing good hygiene
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Avoiding refined sugars like soda, pop, candy, and ice creams

You can take the above-mentioned preventive steps to reduce your risk of contracting Hepatitis B infection.

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