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Hepatitis B is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. You can spread the virus to your newborn. To protect your baby, your doctor will treat him or her as soon as you give birth. This is very important. Children who get the virus at birth often have a long-term infection. This type of infection damages liver cells. And it can lead to serious liver disease.
You may not have any symptoms. Or you may be very tired and feel sick to your stomach. You may feel itchy. Your skin and eyes may look yellow. Most people get better in 4 to 8 weeks with simple care at home. But in some cases, hepatitis B is a lifelong infection.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 11, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga
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