Hepatitis B is a disease that is brought on by infection with the virus of the same name. The infection occurs in the live, and leads to an inflammation that affects that organ. Hepatitis B is one of the things that can trigger angioedema.
Various medical symptoms can present in a patient who has this condition. During the acute stage of the infection, jaundice can occur. This is a yellowing of the skin. Mucous membranes and the whites of the eyes can also be affected by this yellowing. Vomiting is another possibility as a symptom. Appetite loss may also take place. In the acute stage, the disease can, in rare instances, be fatal. Should the condition progress to the chronic form, it can lead to other issues, such as cirrhosis. Another possibility at this point is for liver cancer to develop.
It has already been noted that the infection results from the hepatitis B virus (HBV). This can be spread in different ways. It can be transmitted through contact with blood containing the virus, or other bodily fluids that have such blood in it.
Blood testing is done in order to check a patient when considering the possibility of a hepatitis B infection. These can be used to look for either antigens or antibodies. There are certain things that need to be taken into consideration when using such testing, particularly in the interpretation of the results. Talk with a doctor about such tests and working toward receiving a potential diagnosis of hepatitis B. Other methods of diagnosis may also be used in the process.
In most cases which are in the acute phase, the infection clears at some point. Typically, the necessity of antiviral treatment for an acute hepatitis B infection is rare, although that situation does occur at times. However, if the patient does not clear the infection and it becomes chronic, then certain treatment may be needed. Although these may be useful in slowing the advancement of liver damage, they do not cure the infection. For information regarding whether treatment is required in your case, or what method to use, please talk with a doctor or other individual who is qualified in the area of medicine.
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