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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation. This can lead to serious illness, lifelong infection, liver failure, and liver cancer. Hepatitis B is most commonly spread through blood or blood products or sexual contact. It can also be spread through saliva, contact with open sores, or exposure to blood after injury, bites or scratches; these are less common. Hepatitis B can remain active and contagious on surfaces for up to a week. This illness can be prevented through the Hepatitis B vaccine. Infants should receive this vaccine at or soon after birth. If a person becomes infected with the illness, then he/she should cover open wounds or sores. A child that has hepatitis B should not be around others if weeping sores are present, biting or scratching behavior, or a bleeding problem. Young children show few or no symptoms.

Signs or symptoms:

  • Flu-like (i.e. muscle aches, nausea, vomiting)
  • Jaundice (i.e. yellowing of skin or whites of eyes)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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