Hepatitis B is a viral disease that has a distinct effect on the liver. Each has different symptoms and treatments. Some causes of Hepatitis B can be misuse of recreational drugs and prescription medications or by sexual transmission. The only way to determine if you have Hepatitis B is by submitting to a laboratory test.
Persons with Hepatitis B may not realize they have it at first. Often times, the disease does not present with any symptoms or you might not get the right diagnosis since the disease shares some of the same signs as the flu, such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Mild fever
- Muscle or joint aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
People with hepatitis may notice darkness to their urine, light-colored stools, a yellowing of their skin (jaundice) or an itchy feeling all over your body. In more advanced cases, there can be bleeding inside your body or the mental feeling of being in a daze or stupor.
It is always smart to check with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms, or are in an at risk atmosphere.
Not seeking treatment for Hepatitis B can lead to cirrhosis, a serious scarring of your liver.
If you would like to make an appointment with the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Center, please call 718-206-7001.
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