Hepatitis B | Treatment


How is hepatitis B treated?

If you have acute (short-lived) hepatitis B, your body may be able to fight the infection on its own, which means you might not need treatment. Your doctor will help you manage your symptoms and monitor your condition while your body works to clear the hepatitis B from your system.

If you have chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis B, your family doctor will probably refer you to a gastroenterologist or other subspecialist that treats people who have chronic liver problems. There are a number of medical treatments available that are often successful. These include treatment with antiviral medicines.

Treatment may take a year or more, depending on the severity of the infection and the response to treatment.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 10/96