Hepatitis B treatment is aim at reducing stress on your liver and to reverse the damage caused by the virus. Hepatitis B is a potentially life – threatening liver infection caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV) that causes liver inflammation (swelling that occur when the body tissues become injured or infected) and damage. It can result in to chronic infection and put people at greater risk of death from scarring of liver (cirrhosis) and liver cancer.
After conducting some research to help shape what appears here, I’ll be covering: classes of hepatitis B, types of hbv, functions of the liver, mode of transmittion, what determines acute hbv outcome, complications, food to eat, foods to avoid, prevention and hepatitis B treatment.
Let’s now take a deeper dive…
At least five viruses can cause hepatitis.They are:
Three most common are hepatitis B and C. Each type has different features and occurs in many ways but the signs or Symptoms tends to be similar. Infection with any of the mentioned viruses can result in life threatening complications.
Hepatitis B can be Acute (Symptoms showing quickly in adult , if well managed it quickly disappears) or Chronic (Symptoms manifest lately if not properly treated, it may result in serious complications such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure and death).
Having analyzed both classes of hbv and it types. It’s important you know functions of the liver.
Functions of the liver
Your liver is located in the right upper area of your abdomen. With hepatitis, the functions which I’m about to mention may be disrupted. They are:
1. bile production that are necessary for digestion.
2. breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
3. synthesis of clotting of factors.
4. synthesis of blood proteins such as albumin.
5. storage of glycogen (a form of sugar), minerals, and vitamins (A,D, and E).
6. activation of enzymes which are specialized proteins that are essential to body functions.
7. filtering of bilirubin (a product of broken – down red blood cells), cholesterol, hormones and drugs.
Modes of Transmission
Hepatitis B can be spread by needle stick injury, tattooing, piercing and exposure to infected blood and body fluids such as saliva, menstrual and seminal fluids. Sexual transmission of hepatitis B may occur, especially in unvaccinated men who have sex with multiple sex partners or contact with sex workers.
In highly endemic areas, hepatitis B is commonly spread from mother to child at birth (perinatal transmission) or through horizontal transmission (exposure to infected blood), especially from an infected child to an uninfected during first 5 years of life. The development of chronic infection is very common in infants infected from their mother or before age of 5 years.
Again, transmission of the virus may occur due to reuse of needles and synrige either in health – care settings or among persons who inject drugs. In addition, medical, surgery and dental procedures, through tattooing, sharing of same toothbrush or through use of razors and similar objects that are contaminated with infected blood.
What’s more, the hepatitis B virus can survive outside the body for at least 7 days. During this period, the virus can still cause infection, if it finds it way into the body of a person who is not protected by the vaccine. The incubation period for hbv is 75 days on average, but can vary from 30 to 180 days on after infection and can persists and develop into chronic hepatitis B.
This will take us to hepatitis B noticeable signs and Symptoms.
Symptoms of Hepatitis B
Some people infected with hepatitis B have no symptoms. Some people have symptoms of acute hepatitis B after 2 to 5 months they are infected with the virus. They are:
- Dark yellow urine.
- Joint pain.
- Gray coloured stools.
- Yellowish eyes and skin (jaundice).
- Loss of appetite.
- Abdominal pain and
If you discover you have been exposed. A prevention measure may reduce your risk of infection if you receive treatment within 24 hours of exposure to the Hepatitis B virus.
What determines acute hepatitis B outcome?
The body’s immune response is the main determinant of acute hepatitis B outcome. The individual who develop a strong immune response to the injection are more likely to clear the virus and recover from it. In fact, these patients are more likely to develop more serious liver injury and symptoms due to strong immune response that is trying to eliminate hepatitis B virus (hbv).
In contrast, a weak response result in less liver injury and fewer Symptom but a higher risk of developing chronic hepatitis B. People who recover and eliminate the virus will develop life – long immunity, that is, protection from subsequent infection from hepatitis B.
Complications of Hepatitis B
Chronic hepatitis B may lead to:
- Scarring of the liver (Cirrhosis).
- Liver cancer and
- Liver failure.
In the previous subhead I highlighted hepatitis B complications. Let’s now move to how it can be prevented, food to eat and foods to avoid.
Prevention of Hepatitis B
The good news is that, there is safe and effective vaccine that provides 98 to 100 per cent protection against HBV. Still, a blood test is needed to diagnose HBV. The vaccine is recommended for:
1. New – borns.
2. Children and adolescent not vaccinated at birth.
3. People who live with someone who is suffering from hepatitis B.
4. Those who work or live in a centre for people who are developmentally disabled.
5. Health care workers, emergency workers and other people who come in contact with blood.
6. Men who has a sexually transmitted infection including HIV.
7. Men who have sex with men.
8. Sexual partner of someone who has HBV.
9. People who have several sexual partners.
10. People with end – stage kidney disease.
11. People who inject illegal drugs or share needles and synriges.
12. Travellers planning to go to an area of the world with high rate of hepatitis B infection.
Foods to Avoid for Hepatitis B Treatment
Unhealthy diet can hasten liver damage. Avoid the following:
- Foods high in salt (sodium).
- Saturated fat found in fried foods, fatty cuts of meat, high fat diary products, sour cream and butter.
- Consumption of processed foods that are high in chemical additives and salt.
- Sugary treat such as soda, cake cookies, packaged baked products, maple syrup, corn syrup.
Wash all meats, fruits and vegetables to remove any potentially harmful residues, wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling food to prevent cross contamination.
But wait there’s more before I move on to the Hepatitis B treatment.
Be cautious of certain minerals and vitamins that include:
Iron, vitamin A, B3, C and D. Before taking them make sure you see your doctor.
Obesity and fatty liver disease can fuel your problem. For hepatitis b treatment, So try to :
1. Eat more vegetables.
2. Stay away from fried or fatty foods.
3. Eat fish and lean meat.
4. Eat good breakfast and less at night.
5. Avoid late night eating because your liver heals when you sleep.
6. Admits if you’re overweight and try to slim down and
7. Avoid energy drinks and alcohol because they stress your liver.
I know that’s a lot to take in, but bear with me. This is where I’ll analyze available hepatitis b treatment.
This article is not meant to be a substitute where the service of a medical expert is urgently needed.
Follow-up any testing that YOUR doctor recommends to check your levels and do not take any supplement without your doctor approval. You ask me why? They may contain ingredients that may be injurious to your liver.
Hepatitis B Treatment
(Orumwu in Bini; Eban mbakara in Efik; Piya in Hausa; Ube beke, Ube oyinbo in Igbo; Eso pia in Yoruba) It help in hepatitis B treatment in tonning up the liver and protecting it from hepatitis virus. Include Avocado in your diet for hepatitis b treatment.
2. CABBAGE JUICE:
It aids in blood cleansing and remove toxins from the blood. Blend some Cabbage leaves into juice. Add a pinch of Cayenne pepper powder (Barkono in Hausa; ilufemi, ata ijosin in Yoruba; Ose oyinbo in Igbo; Apoko eeke in Idoma) Mix them thoroughly with 150 ml Cabbage juice. Drink once a day for hepatitis b treatment.
3. RED SANDALWOOD (Gbengbe in Yoruba; Gunduru gyadar in Hausa; Uturukpa, Uturukpe in Igbo, Idoma and Igede) It posses hepato – protective properties. Boil matured fresh or shade dried Red Sandalwood leaves in water. Drink 300ml thrice a day. Or: Slightly boil fresh tender Red Sandalwood leaves and take as soup for hepatitis b treatment.
4. PHYLLANTHUS NIRURI
(Oyomokeso amanke edem in Efik; Ehinbisowo, Eyin olobe, Yin olobe in Yoruba; Geeron tsuntsaaye in Hausa; Iyeke in Urhobo; Buchi oro, Ngwu in Igbo ; Stone breaker in English) It protects the liver from the effects of the Hepatitis B virus by reducing the effect of lipids pero oxidation of liver cell membranes. Boil the leaves of Phylanthus Amarus. Drink 200 ml two times in a day for hepatitis b treatment.
5. EGGPLANT or GARDEN EGG (Dauta,Yalo in Hausa; Ikan in Yoruba; Afufa, Anara in Igbo) The presence of antioxidants in Egg plants help to remove toxins in the liver. Include Egg plant in your diet.
6. Obtain some BEETS or BEET ROOT and CARROTS. Juice them. Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice (ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Omi osan wewe, omi oronbo in Yoruba; Ruwa lemu tsami in Yoruba) and half tablespoon of olive oil. Mix all together. Take 250 ml once a day.
7. Get MILK THISTLE (Ewe yan rin or Efo yan rin in Yoruba) Wash the fresh leaves with clean water. After that wash with salt water to kill any germs in it. Re wash the fresh Milk thistle leaves with clean water. Slice the leaves and eat it as salad every day for hepatitis b treatment.
(Alubosa in Yoruba; Yabasi in Igbo; Albasa in Hausa; Alubarha in Edo; Ayim in Efik)
Regular inclusion of Raw Onions in your diet for hepatitis b treatment help in blood detoxification and the body from substances that inhibit the liver function due to it high sulphur compound.
9. MORINGA OLEIFERA (Drumstick, Moringa in English; Okwe beke, Okwe oyinbo, Uhe, Okughare ite in Igbo; Gawara, Habiwal Hausa, Kona marade, Rini maka in Fulani; Ewe igbale Ewe ile, Idagbo monoye in Yoruba; Zogalla-gandi, Zogala, Bargaruwa masar , Barambo, Koraukin zaila, Shipka hali, shura halinka, Rini nacara, Rimi turawa in Hausa) Moringa leaves contain lots of minerals and vitamins that are beneficial to your liver. slightly boil fresh Moringa leaves in 300 ml cup of water. Once it become cool add 2 tablespoons of Lime juice (Omi osan wewe, Omi oronbo in Yoruba; Ruwa lemu tsami in Hausa; Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Evwe in Urhobo) and I pinch of Cayenne pepper powder (Ata ijosin, ilufemi in Yoruba; Barkono in Hausa; Ose oyinbo in Igbo) Mix them together. Drink the water and eat the leaves. Do it in the morning and before bed time at night for hepatitis b treatment.
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