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Hepatitis B (HBV) : Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a contamination of your liver. It can cause scarring of the organ, liver disappointment, and malignant growth. It very well may be deadly in the event that it isn't dealt with.

It's spread when individuals interact with the blood, open injuries, or body liquids of somebody who has the hepatitis B infection.

It's not kidding, however on the off chance that you get the malady as a grownup, it shouldn't keep going quite a while. Your body fends it off inside a couple of months, and you're invulnerable for a mindblowing remainder. That implies you can't get it once more. In any case, on the off chance that you get it during childbirth, it' improbable to leave.

Hepatitis B is also known as HBV. Acute hepatitis B, Cronic hepatitis B are some common types of Hepatitis B. Generally Child are the victim of the Hepatitis B. Seriousness of this disease is Serious.

Symptoms of Hepatitis B are :

  • Belly Pain
  • Jaundice
  • Vomiting
  • Vomiting, or throwing up, is a forceful discharge of stomach contents. It can be a one-time event linked to something that doesn?t settle right in the stomach. Recurrent vomiting may be caused by underlying medical conditions.

    Frequent vomiting may also lead to dehydration, which can be life-threatening if left untreated.

  • Nausea
  • Nausea and vomiting are common signs and symptoms that can be caused by numerous conditions. Nausea and vomiting most often are due to viral gastroenteritis ? often mistakenly called stomach flu ? or the morning sickness of early pregnancy.

    Many medications can cause nausea and vomiting, as can general anesthesia for surgery. Rarely, nausea and vomiting may indicate a serious or even life-threatening problem.

  • Fatigue/weakness
  • Weakness

    Weakness is when strength is decreased and extra effort is needed to move a certain part of the body or the entire body. Weakness is due to loss of muscle strength. Weakness can be a big part of why cancer patients feel fatigue.


    Fatigue is an extreme feeling of tiredness or lack of energy, often described as being exhausted. Fatigue is something that lasts even when a person seems to be getting enough sleep. It can have many causes, including working too much, having disturbed sleep, stress and worry, not having enough physical activity, and going through an illness and its treatment.

  • High Fever
  • A fever is a high body temperature. A temperature of up to 38.9C (102F) can be helpful because it helps the body fight infection. Most healthy children and adults can tolerate a fever as high as 39.4C (103F) to 40C (104F) for short periods of time without problems. Children tend to have higher fevers than adults.

  • Medium Fever
  • A fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature. It?s a sign of your body's natural fight against infection.

    • For adults, a fever is when your temperature is higher than 100.4F.
    • For kids, a fever is when their temperature is higher than 100.4F (measured rectally); 99.5F (measured orally); or 99F (measured under the arm).

    The average normal body temperature is 98.6 Fahrenheit (or 37 Celsius). When you or your child?s temperature rises a few degrees above normal, it?s a sign that the body is healthy and fighting infection. In most cases, that?s a good thing.

    But when a fever rises above 102F it should be treated at home and, if necessary, by your healthcare provider if the fever doesn?t go down after a few days.


    Hepatitis B can be caused due to:


    What kind of precaution should be taken in Hepatitis B?

    ####The hepatitis B vaccine offers excellent protection against HBV. The vaccine is safe and highly effective. Vaccination consists of 3 doses of vaccine (shots) over the course of 6 months. Protection lasts for 20 years to life. ####The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children should receive hepatitis B vaccine starting at birth. (AAP Policy). ####The CDC recommends hepatitis B vaccine for persons traveling to countries where HBV is common (Yellow Book). ####If you have one or more risk factors for hepatitis B infection, you should get a simple HBV blood test. The blood test will determine whether you are: #####immune to hepatitis B; or susceptible to hepatitis B and need vaccination; or #####infected with hepatitis B and need further evaluation by a physician #####The basic test for acute HBV infection is called the ?Hepatitis B Core IgM Antibody test.? People who have acute hepatitis B show positive IgM antibodies on this test.

    ####California law requires testing of all pregnant women for hepatitis B infection ####If the mother is HBV-infected, she will pass the infection to the baby during the birth process, unless the baby gets immunized within hours of birth ####Giving the infant HBIG (hepatitis B immune globulin) and HBV vaccine right away will reliably prevent infection of the infant ####Other family members should best tested for hepatitis B too, and given vaccine if they are not already infected or immune ####Healthy Habits

    The best way to prevent hepatitis B is with vaccination. Other ways to reduce your risk of getting hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV:

    #####Do not inject drugs. If you do inject drugs, stop and get into a treatment program. If you can?t stop, never share needles, syringes, water, or ?works? #####Do not share personal care items that might have blood on them (razors, toothbrushes) #####If you are a health care or public safety worker, follow universal blood/body fluid precautions and safely handle needles and other sharps #####Consider the risks if you are thinking about tattooing, body piercing, or acupuncture ? are the instruments properly sterilized? #####If you?re having sex with more than one steady partner, use latex condoms correctly and every time to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including viral hepatitis and HIV. ####After Exposure to Hepatitis B

    #####Hepatitis B infection can be prevented by getting vaccine and HBIG (hepatitis B immune globulin) soon after coming into contact with the virus. #####Persons who have recently been exposed to HBV should get HBIG and vaccine as soon as possible and preferably within 24 hours, but not more than 2 weeks after the exposure. #####If you have recently been exposed to hepatitis B, you should immediately contact your doctor

    How it can be spread?

    blood semen other body fluid

    Treatment for the Hepatitis B

    ####Treatment for chronic hepatitis B may include:

    #####Antiviral medications. Several antiviral medications ? including entecavir (Baraclude), tenofovir (Viread), lamivudine (Epivir), adefovir (Hepsera) and telbivudine (Tyzeka) ? can help fight the virus and slow its ability to damage your liver. These drugs are taken by mouth. Talk to your doctor about which medication might be right for you. #####Interferon injections. Interferon alfa-2b (Intron A) is a man-made version of a substance produced by the body to fight infection. It's used mainly for young people with hepatitis B who wish to avoid long-term treatment or women who might want to get pregnant within a few years, after completing a finite course of therapy. Interferon should not be used during pregnancy. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing and depression. #####Liver transplant. If your liver has been severely damaged, a liver transplant may be an option. During a liver transplant, the surgeon removes your damaged liver and replaces it with a healthy liver. Most transplanted livers come from deceased donors, though a small number come from living donors who donate a portion of their livers. ####Other drugs to treat hepatitis B are being developed.

    Possible complication with Hepatitis B

    Cirrhosis or scarring of the liver Liver cancer Liver failure Kidney disease Blood vessel problems


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