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What are the symptoms of hepatitis B infection?

What are the symptoms of hepatitis B infection?

What are the symptoms of hepatitis B infection?  In theory, the main cause of abnormal liver function is viral hepatitis, including chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, fatty liver, drugs, and alcohol.

Before seeing the test results, I cannot determine the cause of the elevated liver function transaminase.

I gave Xiao Jia a series of examinations, the purpose is to determine the degree of liver function damage, and clarify the cause of abnormal liver function.

As expected, Xiao Jia suffered from hepatitis B. He himself hadn’t noticed before.

He was very surprised, why I didn’t have any symptoms, why did I get hepatitis B?

I have repeatedly said before that the evaluation of hepatitis B cannot be based on the symptoms, but can only be based on the results of clinical tests. Because many patients with liver disease do not have any symptoms.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis B infection?


Of course, some patients with liver disease will have some clinical symptoms. So what are the clinical symptoms of hepatitis B infection?

1. When the first adult is infected with hepatitis B (the acute phase), the symptoms are similar to flu, and there may also be:


●Pain in upper right abdomen

●Yellowing of eyes or skin (i.e. jaundice)

These symptoms usually get better, but it may take weeks to months.


2. Most adult patients with hepatitis B will get better within 6 months of acute infection, but 1/20 of adult patients will suffer from long-term disease, that is, “chronic” hepatitis B.

Most patients with chronic hepatitis B have no symptoms, but may gradually develop cirrhosis. Symptoms include:

●Swelling of the abdomen and legs, and fluid accumulation in the lungs

●Prone to ecchymosis or bleeding

●Difficulty breathing


● Sudden confusion


Patients with chronic hepatitis B also have an increased risk of liver cancer.



Of course, once infected with hepatitis B, there will still be some clues, but unfortunately many people do not take these symptoms seriously.

1. Loss of appetite. Loss of appetite, nausea and oiliness. When liver function is abnormal, many patients will have these symptoms, so they should be checked in time.

2. Fatigue and weakness. This is one of the early manifestations of the onset of hepatitis patients. It is also the most common clinical symptom. Many patients think that they are too tired at work and ignore this symptom.

3. The complexion, the skin is yellow, or the complexion is dull. If the patient has yellow face and yellow eyes, it may be jaundice, which is easier to identify. The dull complexion is also a common feature of patients with liver disease and needs to be checked.

4. Yellow urine is like tea. This may be a manifestation of jaundice, so pay attention to timely inspection.

5. Pain in the liver area. Some patients with liver disease have pain, dull pain or acupuncture-like pain in the liver area, which is aggravated during activity and varies in time. Sometimes the pain decreases when lying on the left side.

6. Liver palm and spider mole:

Many patients with chronic liver disease have symptoms of liver disease, liver palms and spider veins, especially those with liver cirrhosis are more likely to have similar symptoms. However, the symptoms of liver palms and spider veins are not specific, and similar symptoms can also occur in normal people, so liver disease cannot be judged based on these two symptoms.

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