What are the Symptoms of Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B or serum hepatitis is a liver disease caused by the HBV virus that in many cases doesn't show any symptoms in those who have contracted it. Hepatitis B is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids with infected people, through blood, saliva, semen, vaginal fluids, etc. Hepatitis B may not show any symptom, but it is essential to be aware of the most common symptoms in case you experience any of them. In this OneHowTo article we're going to explain what the symptoms of hepatitis B are so you can identify them and visit your doctor.
Firstly, it is important to remember that hepatitis B may be asymptomatic for some individuals, meaning that they do not experience any symptoms. Also, the symptoms could only appear up to 21 weeks after having contracted hepatitis.
However, although a person doesn't show any symptoms, if someone is infected with hepatitis B that person can still infect others.
One of the common symptoms for most types of hepatitis is jaundice or, in other words, a yellow tinge to the skin, the whites of the eyes and other membranes. This is due to the inflammation of the liver, preventing the body from passing bile, leading to the build-up of bilirubin, which causes this yellow appearance.
Likewise, the first symptoms of hepatitis B may be confused with those of other minor conditions and ailments as they are quite generic:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the abdomen
Another indicator that you might be suffering from hepatitis B is whitish or clay-like faeces. Also, another common symptom of hepatitis B is dark or cloudy urine.
If you notice any or all of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately for a proper examination and diagnosis. If your doctor confirms that it is hepatitis B, it will be necessary to start the appropriate course of treatment.
If you have hepatitis B, the correct treatment will be able to reduce its symptoms and keep your body healthier. However, the majority of people with hepatitis B remain carriers for the rest of their lives. This means that the disease becomes chronic and you have an ongoing liver infection. This infection can lead to cirrhosis or even liver cancer.
As they still carry the disease, carriers can't donate blood, plasma, body organs or sperm. Also, they are contagious and could transmit the disease to someone else if they had unprotected sex, shared needles or syringes and put their blood in contact with other people's open wounds.
If you experience any of these symptoms it is recommended that you immediately visit a doctor for a blood test.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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