Are you a patient with Hepatitis B ?
Discovering that you have been infected with hepatitis B can be overwhelming. There usually are many unanswered questions and concerns that recently infected people have. One that may come to mind is how can I help someone else that may go the same process and struggles that I have? Becoming a donor helps scientists and clinicians find new treatments, tests and quicker diagnosis methods for hepatitis B. This will improve patient outcomes and hopefully prevent the disease from spreading. You can help! Become a hepatitis B donor with PPA! The information presented below is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource.
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Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). For some people, hepatitis B infection becomes chronic, meaning it lasts more than six months. Having chronic hepatitis B increases your risk of developing liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis — a condition that causes permanent scarring of the liver.
Most people infected with hepatitis B as adults recover fully, even if their signs and symptoms are severe. HBV can be spread through sexual contact, sharing of needles, accidental needle sticks, and mother-to-child.
Abdominal pain, dark urine, fever, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, weakness and fatigue, yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice).
Vaccinations for Hepatitis B exist, however, if you feel as if you’ve come in contact with the virus, receiving an injection of hepatitis B immune globulin within 12 hours of coming in contact with the virus may help protect you from developing hepatitis B, with your physician’s discretion. Acute Hepatitis B may not need treatment- adequate nutrition, fluids, and rest may suffice. Chronic Hepatitis B may require antiviral medications, Interferon alfa-2b (Intron A), or a liver transplant.
(Mayo Clinic, 2015)