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Hepatitis B signs & symptoms

Hepatitis B signs & symptoms

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Hepatitis B signs & symptoms


This information is not medical advice. If you have symptoms, talk to your doctor.

About hepatitis B 

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It’s the most common liver infection in the world, usually passed on from mother to baby during birth, or through exposure to the blood of someone with hep B (usually through unsterile medical procedures). 

How do you know if you have hepatitis B?

Many people with hepatitis B don’t know they have it. This is because the virus doesn’t show symptoms in most people. These people become ill, and go to the doctor or hospital not knowing they have hepatitis B until they receive the results of their blood test

The only way to know if you have hepatitis B is to get tested.

If you think you’re at risk for hepatitis B, you will need to ask your doctor for a hepatitis B test.

If you know you have hepatitis B, see your doctor or specialist every 6 months for check-ups. 

Signs & symptoms

If you do develop symptoms, they can be different for different people. Some of the symptoms might include:

Liver damage & disease

If your hepatitis B goes untreated, it can cause long-term health problems, particularly for the liver. Over time, your liver cells can become inflamed and damaged.

If left untreated, this inflammation can cause liver damage and disease.

For more information on liver damage and disease, see our  Liver health signs & symptoms page >>

What to do if you think you might have hepatitis B

Hepatitis B can be very serious if undetected. It can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of liver tissue), liver cancer or liver failure if it is left unmanaged or untreated. Luckily, people with hepatitis B can live healthy lives if they are regularly monitored and treated by a doctor. 

If you think you might be at risk for hepatitis B, you can:

Contact the Hepatitis Infoline or talk to your doctor for more information 

Have a question about the signs and symptoms of hepatitis B? Contact the free Hepatitis Infoline or download one of our free online resources now. 

If you feel you are showing any of the symptoms of hepatitis B, please talk to your doctor. Our resources don’t replace advice from a medical professional.

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