Hepatitis B (cont.)
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Hepatitis B Symptoms
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Half of all people infected with the hepatitis B virus have no symptoms and may never realize that they have been infected. Adults are more likely to develop symptoms than children. For those who do get sick, symptoms usually develop within 1 to 4 months after exposure to the virus. The initial symptoms are often similar to the flu.
Common symptoms of hepatitis B include:
Many types of acute viral hepatitis such as hepatitis A andhepatitis C have symptoms that are indistinguishable from hepatitis B.
Fulminate hepatitis is a severe form of acute hepatitis that can be life-threatening if not treated right away. Fortunately, fulminate hepatitis is rare. The symptoms of fulminate hepatitis develop very suddenly and may include:
Prolonged nausea and vomiting can cause dehydration. Individuals with dehydration may notice these symptoms:
Symptoms of liver damage may include the following:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/4/2014
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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