Immunization with the hepatitis B vaccine and hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG), if available, within 12 to 24 hours of birth can break this mother-to-child infection cycle, but the birth vaccine dose and often HBIG is not always available around the world. When we’re infected with HBV as healthy adults, about 90 percent of us are able to get rid of the infection within six months.
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But, some people experience severe symptoms like jaundice (yellowing skin or eyes), severe nausea or vomiting, or a bloated stomach (unrelated to your weight), and they need to see a doctor immediately.
If you have a new or acute infection, even these drastic symptoms may not necessarily mean that you need any form of treatment, but you will need to be monitored with additional tests to make sure your liver is safe.This short-term infection is called acute hepatitis B.To determine if you have an acute or chronic infection, you must be tested for hepatitis B over a six-month period.The specific test that indicates if you are infected is the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBs Ag) test.This antigen covers the surface of the virus and usually there are lots of HBs Ag in your blood when you’re infected.When using the Website, you shall be subject to any posted rules, community guidelines, or policies.