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Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by infection with a virus. It is called the hepatitis B virus. Infection with hepatitis B virus can cause acute or chronic infection of the liver.
Amitabh Bachchan, confesses to have been a patient of acute hepatitis B, which damaged nearly 75 percent of his liver because of a late diagnosis.
The hepatitis vaccine is given to new born babies and the reason is very serious. Hepatitis B can become a chronic infection and can lead to lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.
Infection with hepatitis B virus can cause acute or chronic infection of the liver. Many people are able to eliminate the virus and improve rapidly after acute hepatitis B. Some people may have a prolonged duration of the disease with very slow improvement over a period of several months. Some people may develop chronic hepatitis or a severe form of acute hepatitis called fulminate hepatitis.
You can prevent infection from hepatitis B virus by getting vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine. This is the most effective way to prevent infection. All adults and children should get hepatitis B vaccine as everyone is at risk of getting infected with the virus. Three shots of the vaccine are needed to get full protection.
Hepatitis B is one the most serious types of viral hepatitis. Consult your doctor if you think you may have been exposed to hepatitis B virus Symptoms suggestive of liver disease which may be hepatitis B are loss of appetite, feeling tired (fatigue) or exhausted, nausea and vomiting, jaundice, dark coloured urine, pale stools.
Hepatitis B infection can cause acute or chronic hepatitis. A person with acute hepatitis B usually needs symptomatic or supportive treatment. Currently there is no treatment which can prevent acute hepatitis B from becoming chronic. Approved treatments of chronic hepatitis B include Interferon (standard and pegylated) and antiviral drugs - lamivudine, adefovir, entecavir, telbivudine and tenofovir.
Hepatitis B infection is suspected based on medical history, signs and symptoms. However hepatitis B is confirmed based on specific hepatitis B virus blood tests known as hepatitis 'markers' or 'serology.' Blood tests can also help to differentiate acute from chronic infection.
Infection with hepatitis B virus may cause acute or chronic hepatitis. Most people with acute hepatitis are able to deactivate the virus without treatment in a few months. The course of chronic hepatitis B is variable and depends on several factors such as the patient's age at infection, the extent of viral load, and the immune system's ability to control the infection.
Hepatitis B infection does not cause symptoms in about 50% of the infected cases. Symptoms after infection are more likely to occur in adults rather than children. Some common symptoms of hepatitis B are loss of appetite, feeling tired (fatigue), nausea leading to vomiting, jaundice, dark coloured urine and pale stools.