PBL: Tired Athlete Hepatitis B,C and HIV Symptoms Hepatitis B: What is it? Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). In some cases hepatitis B infection is chronic (it lasts more than six months). Chronic hepatitis B increases risk of developing liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis — a condition that causes permanent scarring of the liver. Most people infected with hepatitis B as adults recover fully, even if their signs and symptoms are severe. Infants and children are more likely to develop a chronic hepatitis B infection. A vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, but there's no cure if you have it. Infection will eventually go away on its on. It is contagious in nature so if one has it they must take certain precautions can help prevent spreading HBV to others. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS They range from mild to severe. They usually appear about one to four months after individual is infected. These may include: Abdominal pain Dark urine/Unusually light colored stool Fever Joint pain Loss of appetite Nausea and vomiting Weakness and fatigue that persists for weeks or months Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice) HEPATITIS C: What is it?
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