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Recently diagnosed with Acute Hep B - Any help is appreciated.


I was recently diagnosed with Acute Hep B. I had about 5 days where I felt really sick and one occasion where I threw up a small amount of blood. I had yellow skin and eyes, too. Strangely enough all of this cleared up in about a week and I no long have jaundice, nor do I feel even remotely sick. I had an ALT or AST (I forget which is which) of over 4000 which I am told is madness, however just under two weeks later it went right down to about 600. I'm guessing this is a good sign? I feel completely fine, the only problem I have at the moment, which I have never experienced before, is some acne on my forehead. Is this normal? How long will it take to go away? To me all of this sounds like I'm recovering but it would be nice to get another opinion. Is there anything I can do to help my body fight the illness? I have spent the last three years living incredibly healthy. I don't smoke and don't eat fast food. Obviously I've stopped drinking, too, and I recently ran a marathon and continue to run a few times a week.



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Hi Matt, I just noticed your post and the question about acne.

Yes, this is normal, Traditional Chinese Medicine sees hepatitis B as Liver Yin deficiency, Liver Qi stagnation or Damp-Heat in the Liver and Gall bladder Channel. The Gall Bladder Channel runs into the forehead, the acne is the release of heat - damp.

I can send you some dietary advise based on Traditional Chinese Medicine to keep your liver healthy, but I will need some more information about symptoms in order to diagnose from a TCM viewpoint.