In some cases of hepatitis B, symptoms do not appear. Sometimes people with chronic hepatitis B are not aware they have the hepatitis B virus until they are diagnosed with a severe liver disease, such as cirrhosis or liver cancer.
In other cases, symptoms of hepatitis B appear a few months after becoming infected. Symptoms of both acute hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis B include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Stomach pain
- Sore muscles
- Diarrhea or constipation
To detect hepatitis B, a simple blood test is performed.
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