Hepatitis B Test

Your liver helps to remove toxins from your body and to keep your body healthy. When you have the Hepatitis B virus, the liver doesn’t function like it should. This is why it may be important to have a Hepatitis B test if you experiencing symptoms. The problem though is that many people don’t exhibit any symptoms. Others think they just have the flu.
Hepatitis B can be spread to others through bodily fluids and blood. If you have unprotected sex with someone that has it, you can contract it. If you share needs or tattoo tools, razors, or even a toothbrush with someone that has it, you can contract it.
Sometimes, a mother can pass it to her child during the birthing process. As a precaution, many medical professionals now have pregnant women complete a Hepatitis B test. If it is positive, the baby may need some shots shortly after birth to prevent an infection from the virus.
Symptoms
You should consider a Hepatitis B test if you have lingering flu like symptoms that aren’t getting better. They can include chronic fatigue, fever, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle or joint pain, and diarrhea or constipation.  Symptoms are more likely to be noticed in those with acute Hepatitis B rather than those with a chronic case.
Blood Test
A simple blood test can be conducted to determine if you have Hepatitis B. It can also determine if you have had it in the past. There is a vaccine that can reduce your risk of the virus. If you aren’t’ sure if you have had it, a blood test can tell your doctor if you have. If you haven’t, then they can offer you that  vaccine.
Chronic Vs. Acute
Once a Hepatitis B test is positive, the doctor has to determine if it is chronic or acute. With chronic Hepatitis B, there is a long term infection and this can cause serious damage to the liver. When it is acute, the liver is adversely affected for a short period of time, and then it gets better.
Biopsy
Should your doctor have any indicators that the liver has been damaged, and you have a positive Hepatitis B test, then they will take a sample of your liver. This is called a biopsy and it allows them to see what types of damage have occurred. Based on that information, various forms of treatment including medication may need to be used. Typically, medication is only given if the condition is chronic.
Treatment
Most of the time Hepatitis B goes away on its own, but there are steps you can take that will help with the recovery. Avoid consuming alcohol as that can cause more damage to the liver. Eat foods that are healthy for you. Drink plenty of water to flush toxins from your body. You also need to get plenty of rest.
Don’t treat it with herbal products or over the counter products unless you talk to your doctor first. Some of the ingredients in such products can also cause Hepatitis B to get worse and they can cause more damage to the liver.

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