Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver infection. It is caused by a germ called hepatitis B virus (HBV). This germ enters the body through blood and other bodily fluids.

HOME CARE

  • Rest when you feel tired. Eat when you are hungry.

  • Avoid a sexual relationship until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Avoid activities that could put other people in contact with your blood. Examples include sharing a toothbrush, nail clippers, razors, and needles.

  • Follow your doctor's advice to avoid spreading the infection to others.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You are not able to eat or drink.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • You feel confused.

  • Your skin or the whites of your eyes turn more yellow (jaundice).

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You get a rash.

  • Your skin, throat, mouth, or face becomes puffy (swollen).

  • You start twitching or shaking (seizure).

  • You are very sleepy and have trouble waking up.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.