Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B Virus. Hepatitis B can become chronic for some people, lasting longer than six months. Chronic hepatitis B can cause more serious liver damage, including liver failure, cancer or permanent scarring of the liver. Adults are more likely to recover from hepatitis B without lapsing into the chronic state. Children and infants are in more danger of the chronic state and its further damages. Hepatitis B is contracted through bodily fluids. There is a vaccine for hepatitis B, but there is no cure.
Hepatitis B affects the liver. Acute, or short-term, hepatitis can last several weeks. Symptoms usually begin occurring one to four months after infection. They can include flu-like symptoms and jaundice.
Symptoms of chronic hepatitis B are more serious, including severe and permanent liver damage.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection transferred through blood and other bodily fluids. There are many ways to contract it. Most commonly, it is passed from mother to child during pregnancy.
Hepatitis B is diagnosed with a blood test. Your doctor may also perform a liver biopsy to check for liver damage.
There is no cure for hepatitis B. There are treatments to manage it and the damage it causes. There are also vaccines to prevent the infection from occurring. If you think you have come in contact with hepatitis B, you should contact your doctor immediately, as there is a preventive treatment that may stop you from being infected.
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