Allergies and HBV?

Hi everyone and happy Friday :blush:

I hope you all had a good and productive week!

I have a random question regarding chronic hep B and allergy in general, since my partner who is chronically infected with hep B also struggles with year-round environmental allergy starting about 2-3 years ago. Symptoms vary from sneezing, stuffy nose, red, irritated eyes, and sensitivity to dust. Couple of months ago after going swimming without wearing goggles, his eyes became irritated and often would get really red, especially when waking up in the morning.

Could it be possible that the bodyโ€™s active immune response against HBV makes a person more susceptible to having allergic reactions? If so how can we make it better?

And as always, thank you so much for your response and information. I wish everyone a happy weekend ^^

Dear @Tran-ng,

These sound like normal allergies that some people get even without Hep B and I cannot find much data showing a strong linkage between HBV and allergies. That said, there are some instances where itching can be caused by more advanced liver disease. If fibrosis is normal or mild, I would suspect that other causes should be considered first.

In terms of ways around it, I guess you could try anti-histamines (if no contraindications) to see if that helps?


Hi Thomas,

Thank you for your response!

Yes, my partner always has to carry Zyrtec with him for symptoms of allergy. He has an appointment with an ophthalmologist next week for red eyes, so we will see how it goes. Hopefully like you said, itโ€™s just normal allergy that even some people without hep B get.

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