Hepatitis B Overview
What is hepatitis B?
A person with hepatitis B has inflammation of the liver from an infection by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B is spread by exposure to the blood of someone who is infected. It is also spread through sexual contact. In most cases, the infection resolves within 4 months. About 1 out of 10 people remain infected with the hepatitis B virus for the rest of their lives.
What are the symptoms of hepatitis B?
Initial symptoms of hepatitis B may include weakness, fatigue, fever, and right upper abdominal pain. In some cases, symptoms of hepatitis B also include jaundice, brown urine, and itching.
How does the doctor treat hepatitis B?
Treatment for hepatitis B may include a liver disease diet, antiviral medications, and medications to control nausea and itching. Those with severe hepatitis B may be candidates for liver transplant.
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