Infectious Disease

751 WordsAug 5, 20124 Pages
Hepatitis is a term that simply means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis may be caused by a virus or a toxin such as alcohol. There are other viruses that can injury the liver cells they are hepatitis A and hepatitis C viruses, These viruses are not related to each other or to hepatitis B virus and they differ in their structure, also in the way they are spread among individuals, also in the severity of symptoms that they can cause along with the way they are treated. In the United States alone the rates of new infection were the highest among people aged 25to 44 years and lowest among those younger than 15 years of age. This reflects that the major of transmission of hepatitis B is through sexual transmission, illicit drug use, and…show more content…
Only 30%to 50% of adults develop significant symptoms during acute infection (www.medicinemet.com). The early symptoms may be non –specific, including fever, joint pain and flu-like symptoms along with fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and jaundice and pain in the upper right side of the abdomen. Interferon- alpha has been used to treat hepatitis B for more than 20 years. Interferon-alpha is a natural protein that is made in the body by white blood cells to combat viral infections. Interferon stimulates the body’s immune system to clear up the virus. Still all in all there is no cure for Hepatitis. According to “Dr. Altshuler” he recommends an herbal formula to cleanse and detoxify the blood and liver. This would consist of using the first formula of milk thistle, Picrorhiza kurroa root, dandelion root and beef leaf or artichoke. Then you should continue with another formula that contains all or some of Oregon grape root, cayenne, chaparral, red clover, burdock root, goldenseal, yellow dock, bloodroot, mistletoe, periwinkle, flowers, lobelia seeds and sheep sorrel. Also “Dr. Altshuler” recommends a colon detoxification and the continued use of milk thistle. Hepatitis B is a preventable disease by having the vaccination and using post-exposure prophylaxis this has significantly reduced the rate of infection. Also risk can be reduced by avoiding unprotected sex, contaminated needles, and other sources of infection. In the healthcare field the workers are required
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