Most people can fight off a hepatitis B infection without treatment. But people who can't clear the virus develop a life-long infection (chronic hepatitis B). In these people, the infection can cause permanent liver damage, and even death.
There is no cure for chronic hepatitis B infection. An estimated 350 million people around the world suffer from it.
How do you get rid of hepatitis B?
For 95 percent of adults, their body will clear the virus within four to eight weeks without vaccination. During these two months, it’s still possible to pass on the infection to someone else. If your body successfully clears the hepatitis B infection, you'll be immune to the virus for the rest of your life.
In the remaining five percent of people infected with hepatitis B, their body is unable to clear the virus. Some of these people go on to develop liver cancer and may die from liver failure.
If you’re one of the five percent with a chronic hepatitis B infection there is no cure. But it’s possible to remain free of symptoms for up to 20 years after being infected. Your doctor will recommend you follow a lifestyle that will help keep symptoms at bay.
Chronic hepatitis B treatment Your doctor will recommend that you eat healthily, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid alcohol, whether you have symptoms or not. To combat liver damage such as cirrhosis or liver cancer, doctors may prescribe Interferon Alpha, Lamivudine, or Baraclude. All these medications are intended to slow down the multiplication of the virus in your body.