Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV is one of five types of viral hepatitis. The others are hepatitis A, C, D, and E. Each is a different type of virus, and
This article focuses on symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a virus that causes liver infection. It causes swelling and irritation of the liver.
The outcome of the infected individual after this phase depends largely on the type of hepatitis virus and other various factors. The symptoms of the second part include: circulation problems, dark urine, dizziness, drowsiness, enlarged spleen, headache, hives, and itchy skin, light colored feces (that may contain pus) and jaundice.
A number of risk factors for hepatitis B have been identified. One of them is the use of injected drugs, particularly prohibited or illicit drugs. Sharing of syringes and needles, in this case, causes the virus to spread. Intranasal (snorting) of drugs is also a risk factor for HBV. Contaminated objects can also be sources of infection.
Risk factors discussion: Viral Hepatitis A to E and Beyond: NIDDK (Excerpt) Injection drug users, people who have sex with an infected person, men who have sex with men, children of immigrants from disease-endemic areas, people who live with an infected person, infants born to infected mothers, health care workers, and hemodialysis patients.