In most cases, hepatitis B goes
away on its own. You can relieve your symptoms at home by resting, eating
healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding alcohol and drugs. Also,
find out from your doctor what medicines and herbal products to avoid, because
some can make liver damage caused by hepatitis B worse.
for chronic hepatitis B depends on whether your infection is getting worse and
whether you have liver damage. Most people with chronic hepatitis B can live
active, full lives by taking good care of themselves and getting regular
checkups. There are medicines for chronic hepatitis B, but they may not be
right for everyone. Work with your doctor to decide if medicine is
right for you.
Sometimes, chronic hepatitis B can lead to
severe liver damage. If this happens, you may need a liver transplant.
The hepatitis B
vaccine is the best way to prevent infection. The vaccine is a series of 3 or 4
shots. Adults at risk and all babies, children, and teenagers should be
A combination vaccine (Twinrix) that protects against
both hepatitis B and hepatitis A also is available.
getting or spreading the virus to others:
- Use a condom when you have
- Don't share needles.
- Wear latex or plastic gloves
if you have to touch blood.
- Don't share toothbrushes or
- Don't get a tattoo, or make sure that the needles used have been cleaned properly and are sterile.