Hepatitis B

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Page 2 Hepatitis B is a potentially life threatening liver infection caused by the virus HBV. A Hepatitis B infection could potentially become a chronic disease for some people because they run the risk of developing liver failure, cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer if precautions are not taken. Cirrhosis causes permanent scarring to the liver. Some adults that have become infected with Hepatitis B do fully recover even if their symptoms are relentless. Symptoms can be mild to more severe and can be very unpleasant. These symptoms typically appear one to four months after a person has been infected and this is when symptoms will begin. Symptoms include abdominal pain, fever, joint pain, dark urine, loss of appetite,…show more content…
If someone’s liver has been severely damaged by the virus, a liver transplant may be an option. Research on this disease continues and more drugs to treat the infections are being developed. Getting the Hepatitis B vaccination is a sure way in preventing infection, and taking precautions is important to follow to keep yourself safe. It is important to understand that a person cannot contract Hepatitis B from the vaccination, but can surely contract the virus by having unprotected sex. Precautions include wearing a condom either latex or polyurethane, paying extra special attention to where you would go if you want to get a tattoo or piercing by making sure they adequately sterilize their equipment. Other ways to stop the spread of the Hepatitis B are that if a person comes in contact with blood or bodily fluids, it is very important that they wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water and discard any type of soiled clothing or items into a bag. Another thing to help prevent the spread of the virus is by cleaning blood and body fluids off surfaces by using a diluted bleach solution. If a person plans on traveling to an area that has a high rate of Hepatitis B, they should talk to their doctor about getting vaccinated which is a series of three to four shots over the course of a six month period. The consequences of people not taking precautions and steps to keep

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