Question: What Is The Difference Between Hepatitis B And C?

Which Hepatitis is bad?

There are 3 main types of hepatitis: hepatitis A, B, and C.

Hepatitis C can be more severe and is the most deadly, but even those with acute illness can recover without lasting liver damage.

Up to 70% of those chronically infected with hepatitis C develop chronic liver disease, and up to 20% develop cirrhosis..

What causes hepatitis B and C?

What are hepatitis B and hepatitis C? Hepatitis B is an infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis C is an infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Both diseases are contagious and can lead to serious, long-term illness.

Does Hepatitis B turn into C?

Hepatitis B infection can be either acute or chronic. Most people who get acute hepatitis B don’t end up progressing to chronic hepatitis B. By contrast, acute hepatitis C tends to develop into chronic hepatitis C.

How bad is hepatitis B?

Chronic hepatitis B is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems, including liver damage, liver failure, liver cancer or even death. Approximately 1,800 people die every year from hepatitis B-related liver disease.

Can you fully recover from hepatitis B?

Most adults with hepatitis B recover fully, even if their signs and symptoms are severe. Infants and children are more likely to develop a chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis B infection. A vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, but there’s no cure if you have the condition.

Which is worse hepatitis B or C?

While hepatitis C tends to get more attention and research funding, hepatitis B is considerably more common and causes more liver-related cancer and death worldwide than hepatitis C. Combined, chronic hepatitis B and C account for approximately 80% of the world’s liver cancer cases.

Is hepatitis B a terminal disease?

For most adults, HBV is a short term condition that causes no permanent damage. However, 2–6% of adults with HBV go on to develop a chronic infection that can potentially lead to liver cancer.

Why Hepatitis B is not curable?

Chronic hepatitis B hasn’t been cured so far in part because current therapies have failed to destroy the viral reservoir, where the virus hides in the cell. This is in contrast to hepatitis C virus, which has no such viral reservoir and can now be cured with as little as 12 weeks of treatment.

Should I be worried about hepatitis B?

People with Hepatitis B Can Lead Healthy Lives The great news is we know how to take care of people with hepatitis B to prevent liver cancer. If you have hepatitis B, you should see your doctor regularly to get blood tests to monitor your viral load and liver status.