Hepatitis B is a serious viral disease that harms the liver. The virus spreads from person to person when their bodily fluids touch. There are several vaccines that offer excellent protection from Hepatitis B.
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Hepatitis B is diagnosed with a blood test. The majority of hepatitis B infections are acute and clear up within 6 months. There is no treatment for acute hepatitis B, but symptoms can be alleviated by practicing healthy behaviors such as getting plenty of rest, water, and proper nutrition, and avoiding alcohol and other drugs.
Chronic hepatitis B is often without symptoms, and occurs in about 5% of those infected with acute hepatitis B. Chronic hepatitis B infections can be complicated to manage, and care is usually referred to a liver or infectious disease specialist.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you know you’ve been exposed to hepatitis B and you have not been immunized, contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you receive preventative treatment within 24 hours of exposure, your risk of infection may be reduced. If you experience the above symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.