What I need to know about Hepatitis B

What should I know about hepatitis A. What should I know about hepatitis C. Hepatitis B is a liver disease. Hepatitis* means inflammation of the liver

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What I need to know about Hepatitis B, Contents

  • What is hepatitis B? … 1
  • What is the liver?… 1
  • What causes hepatitis B?… 2
  • Who gets hepatitis B? … 2
  • How could I get hepatitis B?… 3
  • What are the symptoms of hepatitis B? … 4
  • What is chronic hepatitis B? … 5
  • How is hepatitis B diagnosed? … 6
  • How is hepatitis B treated? … 7
  • How can I avoid getting hepatitis B?… 8
  • What should I do if I think I have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus?… 10
  • Points to Remember … 10
  • Hope through Research … 12
  • Pronunciation Guide… 13
  • For More Information … 14
  • Acknowledgments … 16

You could get hepatitis B from:

  • being born to a mother with hepatitis B
  • having sex with an infected person
  • being tattooed or pierced with unsterilized tools that were used on an infected person
  • getting an accidental needle stick with a needle that was used on an infected person
  • using an infected person’s razor or toothbrush
  • sharing drug needles with an infected person

You cannot get hepatitis B from:

  • shaking hands with an infected person
  • hugging an infected person
  • sitting next to an infected person

What are the symptoms of hepatitis B?

  • yellowish eyes and skin, called jaundice
  • a longer than usual amount of time for bleeding to stop
  • swollen stomach or ankles
  • easy bruising
  • tiredness
  • upset stomach
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea
  • light-colored stools
  • dark yellow urine

 

Download What I need to know about Hepatitis B pdf from digestive.niddk.nih.gov, 24 pages, 480.78KB.
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