Treating Hepatitis B (HBV)

Acute hepatitis B symptoms usually go away. You can be treated for hepatitis B, but there is no cure. Follow your doctor's instructions for follow-up to be sure the virus is gone from your blood. Follow your doctor’s instructions for follow-up to be sure the virus is gone from your blood. If you develop chronic hepatitis B, you can help your body fight it. Your doctor may tell you to:

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Avoid Taking More Than 2 Grams of Acetaminophen on Any Given Day. Avoid Other Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers.

Ask your doctor before taking any medications. Some can further damage your liver.

Do Not Drink Alcohol

It may further damage your liver.

Eat a Balanced Diet

A diet low in fat, high in fiber, and full of fresh fruits and vegetables helps you maintain your health.

Keep Your Appointments

Checkups with your doctor help monitor your liver.

Get Treatment if Prescribed

No medicine is availble to treat an acute infection. If you have chronic hepatitis B, your health care provider may give you medicine to treat it. The medicines are called antiviral drugs. Your health care provider will watch your infection to find out if it getting worse. He or she will also watch to see if you have any liver damage. 


Use a Condom When Having Sex to Avoid Passing the Disease on to Someone Else.

HBV is a sexually transmitted disease. This means it can be passed on to other people through sex. The disease can also be prevented by getting a vaccine. 


Be Informed

Stay in touch with your doctor. And have anyone you have close contact with see a doctor for testing, vaccination, and counseling. Help inform others about how HBV is spread. The more people know about hepatitis B, the easier it is to prevent its spread.