Hepatitis B is a transmittable disease that creates health issues due to liver inflammation. Early detection and treatment of the disease can prevent chronic long-term damage. If left undiagnosed and untreated, hepatitis B can lead to liver issues. It is important to get tested if you may have come in contact with the disease. If you know you’ve been exposed to hepatitis B in the last 72 hours, go to an emergency room or urgent care immediately to seek preventative treatment.
Symptoms of Hepatitis B:
- Ache in the lower right side of the body
- Dark colored urine
- Exhaustion or fatigued
- Loss of appetite
- Discomfort in your joints
- Jaundice, a condition where the eyes and skin are tinted yellow
Transmission of Hepatitis B:
Hepatitis B is spread through bodily fluids, primarily blood, but can be spread through any bodily fluid. It is most commonly spread through the use of sharing needles and through sexual intercourse.
Type of Test for Diagnosis
It is easy to detect hepatitis B with a simple blood test. The test works by scanning the blood for antigens.
While there is currently no cure for hepatitis B, different medications can be used to help treat the symptoms of the disease. If diagnosed early enough, in the acute phase, these medications can also prevent the disease from becoming chronic, causing you more health problems in the future. If there is a possibility that you have come in contact with hepatitis B, get tested as soon as you can.