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Hepatitis B

Residual Effects After Having Hepatitis B

Other than for people who are at high risk for complications such as pregnant women, the elderly, or people with existing serious medical conditions, since most cases of acute Hepatitis B are mild, there should be no long term after-effects once the virus has cleared the body.

Those people infected with chronic Hepatitis B carry the virus for life and are at high risk of developing kidney problems, liver damage, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Therefore, preserving liver function by living a healthy lifestyle (eating healthy foods and eliminating alcohol consumption), and boosting the immune system is imperative along with medical treatment.

This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used in any other manner. This information is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Hepatitis B Information for the Public" http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/B/index.htm Retrieved February 10, 2011

Dolan, Mathew, The Hepatitis Handbook. North Atlantic Books, 1999.

Palmer, MD, Melissa. Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease. New York: Avery Trade, 2004.

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