There are no cures for hepatitis B and C. Vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B are available for those in high-risk groups. People with hepatitis C should be vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, and receive antiviral medications to prevent infection from other viruses. Although symptoms of hepatitis B and C can subside after a few weeks, symptoms may return at a later date and in some cases become chronic, especially with hepatitis C. Once infected and recovered from hepatitis A, the body develops antibodies to prevent future infection for the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis brought on by alcohol or drugs can be treated and cured by ending the use of either or both substances.
Wendy G. Clough, MD
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Is there a cure for hepatitis?
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When do symptoms of viral hepatitis appear?
People with hepatitis A, B, and C may not show any symptoms or have only mild symptoms. Symptoms of hepatitis A usually appear a month after infection. Hepatitis B symptoms begin within four months of infections, while symptoms from hepatitis C begin, on average, 45 days after becoming infected.
Although symptoms may not appear, people with hepatitis C are more at risk for developing long-term liver disorders. Symptoms related to hepatitis E usually appear within a month to 40 days after exposure and are most common in teens and young adults ages 15 to 40. Pregnant women are at particular risk for severe illness from hepatitis E.
What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?
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Acute viral hepatitis is a short-term, viral infection. Chronic viral hepatitis is a longer-lasting, and generally life-long, viral infection lasting at least six months. To find out if you have acute or chronic viral hepatitis, your doctor will do a medical evaluation that includes blood tests.
This answer is based on source information from The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information.
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