Hepatitis B E Antibody (Anti Hb E)

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    Hepatitis B is a viral infection that causes inflammation in the liver. It can lead to serious health complications like cirrhosis and liver cancer if left untreated. The Hepatitis B E Antibody test, also known as the Anti Hb E test, is used to determine if a person is currently infected with or has had a past infection with the Hepatitis B virus. This test detects the presence of antibodies against the Hepatitis B e antigen in the blood.

    Symptoms of Hepatitis B

    • Fatigue: Persistent fatigue and a lack of energy are common symptoms of hepatitis B.
    • Jaundice: Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that occurs when the liver is unable to properly process bilirubin. It is a classic symptom of liver disease, including hepatitis B.
    • Abdominal pain: Some individuals with hepatitis B may experience pain or discomfort in the upper right side of the abdomen near the liver.
    • Loss of appetite: Many people with hepatitis B infection experience a loss of appetite, leading to weight loss, and nutritional deficiencies.
    • Nausea and vomiting: Some individuals with hepatitis B may have episodes of nausea and vomiting.
    • Dark urine: Hepatitis B infection can cause dark-coloured urine, which is often a sign of increased bilirubin levels.
    • Pale stools: Stools may become pale or clay-coloured due to a decrease in the production of bile.
    • Joint pain: Some people with hepatitis B may experience joint pain or joint inflammation.
    • Fever: Low-grade fever can occur in some cases of acute hepatitis B infection.
    • Itchy skin: Itching or a generalized rash may occur due to the buildup of toxins in the bloodstream.

    It's important to note that symptoms can vary from person to person, and some individuals may have no symptoms or only very mild ones. In some cases, especially with chronic hepatitis B infection, symptoms may not be evident for years or even decades. If you suspect you have been exposed to hepatitis B or are experiencing any symptoms, it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis, testing, and appropriate management.

    Test Procedure

    The sample required for the Hepatitis B E Antibody test is blood. A healthcare professional will clean the area where they will draw blood and then use a needle to collect a small amount of blood from a vein.

    The process is quick and relatively painless. The collected blood sample will be sent to a laboratory where it will be tested for the presence of Hepatitis B E antibodies. The results will be available within 5 days.

    Treatment Options

    If a person receives a positive diagnosis, they should schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider to discuss treatment options. While there is no specific treatment for acute Hepatitis B infection, supportive care can help manage symptoms. For chronic Hepatitis B infection, antiviral medications may be prescribed to prevent liver damage and reduce the risk of developing liver cancer.

    1. Antiviral Medications: Antiviral medications are commonly used to suppress the replication of the hepatitis B virus and reduce the risk of liver damage. The most commonly prescribed antiviral drugs for hepatitis B include:

    • Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)
    • Entecavir
    • Tenofovir alafenamide (TAF)
    • Lamivudine
    • Adefovir dipivoxil

    These medications are typically taken orally, and the choice of medication depends on various factors, including the patient's hepatitis B viral load, liver function, potential drug resistance, and any concurrent medical conditions. Treatment with antiviral medications is often long-term, and regular monitoring of liver function and viral load is necessary.

    2. Interferon Therapy: Interferon therapy involves the use of pegylated interferon injections, which stimulate the immune system to fight against the hepatitis B virus. This treatment is usually administered for a defined period, typically several months, and may be recommended for certain individuals, such as those with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B or compensated liver disease.

    However, interferon therapy is less commonly used compared to antiviral medications due to its potential side effects and lower overall response rates.

    3. Monitoring and Regular Follow-up: Regular monitoring of liver function tests, viral load, and other relevant markers is crucial to assess the progression of the disease and the effectiveness of treatment. This allows healthcare professionals to make appropriate adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.

    4. Liver Transplantation: In cases of severe liver damage or end-stage liver disease, liver transplantation may be considered as a treatment option. This is typically reserved for individuals with advanced liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) associated with hepatitis B.

    It's important to note that not all individuals with chronic hepatitis B require treatment. The decision to initiate treatment depends on multiple factors and should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional who specializes in liver diseases.

    Additionally, preventive measures, such as hepatitis B vaccination, safe sexual practices, avoiding sharing needles or personal hygiene items, and appropriate infection control measures, are crucial to prevent hepatitis B transmission.

    Booking a Slot on Apollo 24|7

    To book a Hepatitis B E Antibody test on Apollo 24|7, a person can follow these simple steps:

    • Visit the Apollo 24|7 website or download the mobile app
    • Choose the Hepatitis B E Antibody (Anti Hb E) test from the list of available tests
    • Select the preferred time slot and location for the test
    • Make the payment online or choose to pay at the time of sample collection

    The test results will be available within 5 days after the sample collection. Early diagnosis can help prevent serious health complications associated with Hepatitis B infection.

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    faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently asked questions

    Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can cause liver inflammation and damage.
    Hepatitis B is spread through contact with infected blood or other body fluids like semen and vaginal fluids.
    Yes, there is a vaccine for Hepatitis B. It is recommended for all infants and children, as well as adults who are at increased risk of infection.
    A positive result means that a person has been exposed to the Hepatitis B virus either in the past or currently, and their body has developed antibodies against it.
    While there is no specific treatment for acute Hepatitis B infection, supportive care can help manage symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Bed rest and adequate hydration are also important during recovery.

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    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results