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Hepatitis B is a severe medical condition wherein your liver gets infected by Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). When Hepatitis B lasts for more than 6 months, the condition is considered to be chronic. The chronic stage of Hepatitis B tends to increase the risk of liver failure, liver cancer, or even cirrhosis (a condition where permanent scars appear on your liver).
Chronic Hepatitis B with severe symptoms usually affects infants & children more than adults. Adults tend to recover quickly from chronic Hepatitis B whereas; infants & children develop long-lasting chronic infections.
In this article, we will share detailed information on Hepatitis B symptoms, causes, and treatment.
Hepatitis B Symptoms:
The Hepatitis B symptoms usually range from very mild to extremely severe symptoms which include:
These symptoms can be seen up to 1-4 months after you have been infected, however, they might even appear at the earliest i.e. within two weeks post-infection. Few people, usually young children might not reflect any symptoms.
Hepatitis B Causes:
As mentioned above, Hepatitis B is caused by HBV which gets easily passed on from one person to another via blood, semen, or other body fluids.
Note: It does not spread by coughing or sneezing.
The most common Hepatitis B causes are:
Hepatitis B Treatment:
The treatment includes giving Hepatitis B vaccine; usually 3-4 injections over 4 to 6 months. This vaccine is highly recommended for:
Precautions: Consult your doctor in following cases; A. If you are pregnant and notice signs of Hepatitis B. B. You are infected with Hepatitis B and want to conceive. Make sure that your newborn gets the Hepatitis vaccine. To take preventive measures: