The Basics of Hepatitis B: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Although there are several forms of hepatitis, the most popular are hepatitis A, B and C. The thing that all three of them have in common is that they are a type of virus that affects the liver. At the same time, what sets them apart is the fact that they are transmitted differently.

Hepatitis A is an acute form of hepatitis that can be transmitted via food or water. Hepatitis C is a chronic form of the virus that can only be transmitted through the blood. Meanwhile, hepatitis B is a form of the virus that can be transmitted through all types of bodily fluid. It can be acute (short-term) or chronic (on-going), depending on the diagnosis.

If you’ve never known someone to have Hepatitis B before and you’re curious about what symptoms to look out for along with what the treatment options are, this article is going to provide you with information on both.

Hepatitis B Symptoms

You definitely should not self-diagnose something that’s as serious as hepatitis. However, there are some symptoms that you should look out for that can give you a heads up that a liver virus may just be what you are suffering from. If you are constantly feeling drained; if you have consistent headaches and fevers; if you’re nauseous or vomiting; if you have a loss of appetite; if you have muscle aches or joint pains (that you cannot directly attribute to exercise) or if your skin or eyes have a yellowish hue to them (which usually indicates jaundice) – all of these point to the fact that you may be suffering from some form of hepatitis. You should make an appointment to see your doctor just as soon as you possibly can.

Hepatitis B Treatment Options

If you’re someone who has multiple sex partners, hopefully you understand why priority STD testing is so important. And being that hepatitis B is something that can also be transmitted sexually, it’s a good idea to get a hepatitis vaccination, too. But what happens if you haven’t been vaccinated and you are diagnosed with hepatitis B? Unless it’s a really extreme form of the virus, most treatments you can do from the comfort of your own home.

For instance, it’s not uncommon for individuals with Hepatitis B to feel extremely fatigued as the liver is working to repair itself. The best remedy is to avoid overexerting yourself and to get plenty of rest. Also, make sure to eat a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables and also proteins such as lean meats and beans. Another thing that you may notice is that you’re thirsty a lot. Therefore, drink lots of water, along with fruit juices and broths; they contain a lot of the nutrients and calories that your body will require, especially if you don’t have much of an appetite or you tend to do a lot of vomiting. And finally, avoid drinking any alcohol until your body completely heals. Alcohol requires your liver to work even harder, which is the last thing that it needs while it’s fighting the virus. It’s also important to speak with your doctor before taking over-the-counter medications like Tylenol. Pain relievers oftentimes have ingredients in them that can actually make your hepatitis worse. For more information on Hepatitis B, visit WebMD and put “hepatitis B” into the search field.

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