Treatment for Hepatitis B depends on how long you’ve been infected for. If you have recently been exposed to the virus, emergency medical treatment can prevent you from being infected. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if this is the case.
If you have had Hepatitis B for only a few weeks or months, you may only receive treatment to alleviate the symptoms while the body fights the virus. As with any illness, it is a good idea to get lots of rest to allow the body to heal. Most people recover within a few months, but it is a good idea to get regular blood tests to monitor the infection.
If you have had the infection for more than 6 months, then the infection has progressed to chronic (long-term) Hepatitis B infection, and doctors may prescribe medication to keep the infection under control and prevent liver damage. These drugs help to give the body and advantage in fighting the virus, but won’t necessarily cure the infection and some patients may require ongoing treatment.