Hepatitis B (Hep B)

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver that is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The infection causes inflammation in the liver, which can lead to damage and permanent loss of function. Hepatitis B can be spread through sexual intercourse, birth, sharing needles, toothbrushes, or razors, direct contact with blood of infected person, or needlesticks.

Hepatitis B can be acute and chronic. Acute hepatitis B usually occurs within the first 6 months of exposure and can be a mild illness with few or no symptoms to a serious condition requiring hospitalization . Chronic hepatitis B is a lifelong infection and can cause many serious health problems like cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death.

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

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