Hepatitis B symptoms must not be ignored. Left undiagnosed and untreated Hep B can be fatal. It is the most common serious liver disease in the world and every year it kills over 1-million people, even though it is both treatable and curable.
Hepatitis B – the silent epidemic
Hepatitis B, which is a viral infection, is known as the “silent epidemic due to the fact that in many instances it does not present any symptoms to either newly infected people, or chronically infected people. It can therefore be easily spread during a sexual encounter without either party being aware of the danger.
In some cases, people infected with Hepatitis B, and who show no symptoms, fight the disease off naturally without ever knowing they were infected. They can however still pass the infection on to others while it is active.
The danger of course is that even when Hepatitis B symptoms are not in evidence, the disease may still advance, ultimately causing cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer and death.
Hepatitis B symptoms at the initial infection stage
Hepatitis B symptoms normally begin to present themselves 2-months after the initial infection. You can find out about how the disease is spread by clicking here. The most common symptoms in the early stages include:
- Abdominal pain
- Dark coloured urine
- Feeling generally unwell
- High temperature
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and/or skin)
- Loss of appetite
Hepatitis B symptoms normally last for anywhere between 1 and 3-months. During this stage it is known as acute Hepatitis B and does not cause severe health problems. Symptoms can last for up to 6-months and longer, and it is then known as chronic Hepatitis B.
Chronic Hepatitis B symptoms
The Hepatitis B symptoms during chronic Hep B are similar to those after initial infection, but are usually less severe. However, if left untreated the disease will progress to its more severe stages.
Get an early diagnosis at the sexual health clinic at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you display any of the Hepatitis B symptoms mentioned above, or you suspect you may have a symptomless infection, you can call in to the walk-in sexual health clinic we operate here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall, or if you prefer, you can make an appointment by calling 020 7638 4330.
Hepatitis B can seriously compromise your health, so if you suspect you may be infected, drop into our walk-in clinic for screening, or telephone us today.