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What Is Acute Hepatitis B?
When someone is exposed to the hepatitis B virus (HBV), there are two types of infections that can result – acute (short-lived) or chronic (long-term). When a person’s immune system is healthy, it will resolve the infection (naturally eliminate or clear the virus) within a few weeks and he or she will recover fully from acute hepatitis B.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. “Hepa” refers to the liver and “titis” means inflammation. Hepatitis can be caused by toxins, drugs, too much alcohol, or a variety of viruses. Viruses that infect the liver are called hepatitis viruses. Each virus is unique and is identified by a letter of the alphabet, in the order of its discovery.
Stress and the Liver
It is an established fact that stress can have a negative impact on both mind and body. People with hepatitis B often comment that a period of stress usually leads to a ‘flare-up’ of symptoms, especially fatigue. Surprisingly, there is a wealth of information about how stress can affect liver disease.
Testing positive for hepatitis B can be scary, but there is information that can help you manage your health and well-being, and there is an online support group to help you understand this infection and the available treatments. Take the time to learn about hepatitis B to make the right decisions for yourself.