How to recognize hepatitis B symptoms

Notice abdominal pain.

Abdominal pain describes a range of symptoms which can be either intense and acute, intermittent, or dull in severity. You may feel as if your guts are burning, cramped, swollen.

Watch for bowel movements.

Excessive or unusually-colored stool can indicate Hepatitis B. If you have diarrhea and/or clay-colored stool, contact your physician.
It might not be Hepatitis B, but it should be cause for concern nonetheless.

Watch for a fever.

Technically, a fever is any body temperature above the normal 98.6°F (37°C). Usually, however, doctors will not diagnose someone as having a fever until their body temperature is above 100.4°F (38°C)

Monitor your energy levels.

Fatigue is a very common symptom of Hepatitis B. Normally, you can dispel fatigue by getting a full night’s sleep or eating more healthily. If you have Hepatitis B, however, your fatigue will last many weeks or months and you will be unable to shake it.

Look for dark or discolored urine.

If your urine is abnormally dark; the color of cola or tea you should consult a doctor immediately. Even if you don’t have Hepatitis B, dark urine is a sign that something is wrong.

Be aware of hallucinations

If you find yourself getting confused or suffering hallucinations, you might have a more severe form of Hepatitis B. Contact a doctor immediately if you’re experiencing mental disturbances

Watch for a swollen stomach.

Your stomach might jut out and take on an enlarged shape even when you haven’t changed or diet or gained significant weight. You might also notice a star-shaped pattern of veins across your swollen belly.

Pay attention to nausea.

If you feel as if you might vomit, or actually vomit, you may have Hepatitis B. Since Hepatitis B symptoms last for weeks to months, you’ll know it isn’t the flu when nausea has lasted more than a week or so.

Look for jaundice.

Jaundice is the discoloration of your skin and eyes. Both or either may turn yellow. This is due to the inability of the liver to process old red blood cells.

While healthy babies might have jaundice for a few weeks immediately following their birth, in adults jaundice is a possible symptom of Hepatitis B.

Notice if you are dehydrated.

As a result of diarrhea or vomiting, you may become dehydrated. An inability to urinate or a constant thirsty feeling could indicate your are dehydrated. Try to drink as much water as possible to combat dehydration.

Pay attention to a loss of appetite.

If you no longer feel as hungry as you used to, you might have Hepatitis B.

The loss of appetite could be a result of abdominal pain, but it might be independent of it, too. Monitor your eating habits and your weight closely in order to determine whether you’re eating less than before and, as a result, losing weight.

Look for irritability.

When you’re in constant pain due to abdominal swelling or tenderness and feel badly fatigued all the time, you’ll probably become irritable. You may have less patience with friends or loved ones and become easily frustrated by situations which, before the onset of the primary Hepatitis B symptoms, caused you no stress.

Listen to your friends and family to determine if you’re becoming irritable, and monitor your own behavior if you think your demeanor is changing.

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