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Our Queen Anne Street branch continues to operate normal hours and services.

Our City of London branch is a temporarily closed due to the current lock-down.

We are confident that we will be able to achieve continuity of care for you through our Queen Anne Street branch and are committed to looking after you now and in the future.

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Hepatitis B Symptoms

Hepatitis B symptoms, vaccine, treatment & prevention

Hepatitis is a disease affecting the liver (‘hepatic’, meaning relating to the liver, and ‘-itis' meaning inflammation). It is usually the result either of viral infection or liver damage caused by alcohol consumption.

Hepatitis can be long-lasting, causing damage to the organ or liver cancer. The disease can be asymptomatic, but if you do experience symptoms, these may include:

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Fever of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Constant fatigue
  • A general feeling of being unwell
  • Skin irritation
  • Decrease or loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Pale or greyish bowel movements
  • Jaundice (yellow colour around eyes or on skin)

Causes

The Hepatitis B virus can be transmitted from an infected person through blood and bodily fluids such as saliva, semen and vaginal secretions. You can contract hepatitis B virus during unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex, or by sharing needles to inject drugs.

FAQ

What are the risks of Hepatitis B?

There is a good chance that your body’s immune system will be able clear a Hepatitis B infection. In the cases where it becomes chronic, the symptoms can become severe and cause long-term problems. Hepatitis B can increase the risk of getting liver damage, liver failure, or liver cancer.

How is hepatitis B treated?

In the majority of cases the human immune system is able to clear the infection from the body within 3 to 6 months and the patient remains immune to the virus for the rest of their life.
In 1 in 10 patients, hepatitis B will develop into chronic phase. Even in the chronic phase hepatitis B can remain asymptomatic and an infected person can spread the virus without knowing it. In other cases patients can develop persistent liver inflammation, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Is there a vaccination against Hepatitis B?

Yes, there has been a hepatitis B vaccine available sine the 1980s. It is usually only given to people who have a high risk of exposure. The vaccine consists of three injections which are given over a 4-6 month period.

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