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   Posted 12/1/2007 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother has just been diagnosed with Hep B.  She has been married for 36 yrs. to the same man.  She has never done drugs-  It's a mystery as to how she caught this.  Anyway, the Dr. says she's getting better.  Her levels are coming down.  He told her that she had 90% chance of getting over it and being immuned to it.  This was just a bad way to be vaccinated.  Can anyone help me understand this and how it is transmitted?  We are at a lost as far as how she got it.  She is still jaundiced; but, not as severe as she was.  So, she is getting better slowly.  How long will she be contagious?  How long does Hep B last?
I appreciate any info. anyone can give!
Thank you!

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   Posted 12/1/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Bible, and welcome to HealingWell. I don't have any experience with hep B so I googled it and found this website. I hope it helps you. Just copy and past it to your browser. Have a good evening.
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   Posted 12/2/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   

   Hi Bible, Hepatitis B to my knowledge is the most common form of hep. Your mom could have caught from anywhere. It is spread thru contact with an infected person. Food handlers at resturants are big carriers. Be awre that she could have shook someone's hand and become infected. One of the most common ways for an infected person to spread the disease is to go to the bathroom and not wash their hands, serve you the food or prepare your food and contaminate it that way. Another common way is thru blood transmission or bodily fluid transmission. If an infected person had an open wound or cut and there was any kind of discharge (Blood or pus) and they did not wash the germs off their hands they spread it that way or thru sexual transmission. That is why good hygiene is so important for us all. This is a simplified version I know but it is easy to see how easily we can get hep. The vaccine is VERY important.


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   Posted 12/2/2007 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Bible, My son Will is 21 yrs. of age and he has cirrhosis of liver from chronic Hep B! This disease is not casually transmitted as shelly1 would have you believe, that would be Hep A she is referring to. Hep B is as bad as Hep C as far as the severity of liver damage. Will contracted his threw a biochemical chemo or blood transfusion at the age of 17 months old as he had AML Leakemia, after almost 20 yrs. it is now causing complications . I found this forum a couple months ago and the advice from Pink Grandma has been right on! Go to the forum she suggest and do some research. Maybe your mom when she was a child had an injury or something and had a transfusion, could be sexually transmitted and various other ways. Our whole family got checked about 5 yrs. ago when we found out  none of us where infected and we were all vaccinated. Another thing my son was a chef at 2 very high end resturants and they both new of his illness and took every precaution if need be. I sure hope you get all the info you need, educate yourself now. I wished we would have known about this 12 yrs. ago maybe we could have caught it at an earlier stage and bought him some more time. Good Luck !

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   Posted 12/2/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
      I stand corrected and apologize for my error. Here are the facts I copied and pasted from the internet.

Hepatitis B virus can be spread by:

  • unprotected sex
  • injecting drug use
  • during birth from mother to child
  • contact with blood or open sores of an infected person
  • human bites
  • sharing a household with an infected person
  • sharing items such as razors, toothbrushes, or washcloths
  • pre-chewing food for babies or sharing chewing gum
  • using unsterilized needles in ear or body piercing, tattooing, or
  • acupuncture - so check needles are always taken out of sterile packages in front of you
  • using the same immunisation needle on more than one person - insist on a clean needle every time
Hepatitis B virus IS NOT spread by:
  • casual contact like holding hands
  • eating food prepared by a carrier
  • kissing on the cheek or dry lip kissing
  • sharing silverware, plates, or cups
  • visiting an infected person's home
  • playing with a child who is a carrier
  • sneezing or coughing

   Again I apologize.                Shelly

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   Posted 12/4/2007 12:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Bible, your mom's immune system could very well kick this hep B illness. I like the doctor's statement:

"He told her that she had 90% chance of getting over it and being immuned to it. This was just a bad way to be vaccinated."

What he means is that if her immune system knocks out the hep B, she will then have the antibodies for it and cannot get it again, nor can she pass it on to someone else. I have this situation myself. She will, however, always test positive for hep would someone who has had the immunization series.

ChronieMD, or Shelly or other nurses here, correct me if I'm wrong, please.

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   Posted 12/7/2007 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I appreciate all your help!!!
Thank you
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