What is the window period for hepatitis infection?
he isn't testing me for hiv he's testing me for HEPATITIS. that doesn't take 3 months. HEPATITIS takes 1-2 weeks after exposure to show positive in your blood according to the CDC. it should not take this long because it is HEPATITIS he's checking for.
anemia can be tested rightaway
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Anemia can be tested any time. In fact if the doctor is suspecting anemia, then it has to be tested rightaway unless the patient is taking supplements for it. In which case it is prudent to wait for sometime.
Regarding hepatitis, we get it tested as soon as we suspect, especially if the patient has symptoms of hepatitis or the results of liver function test came back positive.
Hope it helps.
Medicines should be taken only if needed
Liver damage is a side effect of many medicines, especially herbal medicines. ALT simply suggests liver damage. It is quite possible that your doctor is not suspecting infectious hepatitis and he thinks that liver will get back to normal within 3 months. That is why he is delaying tests. He only knows his reason.
Medicines have side effects and should be taken only if really needed. I am not aware of your health issues, but it is better to take any medicine only after consulting doctor. Take your precautions.
Now it is better to not take unnecessary medicines and take steps to help regenerate liver. Do adequate exercise within your limits. Half an hour of walk daily should not hurt. Taking hygienic food and cleaner water is also needed.
Many herbal medicines cause it
Many herbal or OTC medicines cause liver issues. List is long and includes kava root, omerga 3, 6, 9, etc. Not just herbal medicines but tylenol etc are also hepatotoxic. When a medicine is given orally, it is absorbed from intestine into the liver. In liver it gets metabolised and in the process damages the liver itself.
Toxin induced hepatitis mostly reversible
Toxin induced hepatitis reverses spontaneously when the medicine is stopped. Unless the damage was too vast to cause damage to more than 90% liver. This doesn't seem to be your case.
Avoid hepatotoxic drugs/chemicals like alcohol, tylenol, birth control pills, sudafed. I don't know the reason of prescription of prednisone but if it is not really needed then it is to be avoided as well.
Talk to your doctor before discontinuing any prescription medicines.
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