The virus that does affect the liver is Hepatitis B. The majority for the adults who get infected with hepatitis B only have it for a short period of time.
It's often that hepatitis B is infecting someone and they are not aware of it because there are no symptoms that show. If there are symptoms they are similar to the flu and this virus can be spread to others. At times this is a virus that can result in a long term infection called chronic hepatitis B. As time passes this is something that can damage your liver. Younger children are far more prone to getting infected with hepatitis B.

The causes of Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by the virus. This is spread when the body has made contact with the fluids or blood of someone who is already infected.

It is possible that you will get hepatitis B if you do the following:

  • Share any personal items with another person who is infected
  • Get a tattoo or a body piercing by the tool that was not disinfected
  • Shared needles with someone who was infected
  • If you are sexually active with someone who is infected and you do not use protection

If there is a mother who has the virus there is a chance that she will pass it on to her baby when it is time for delivery. If you are pregnant and you suspect that you may have been exposed to hepatitis B you should get tested immediately. The baby can also get shots to prevent the infection. Hepatitis B cannot be caught from outside contact such as holding hands or kissing or sharing drinks.

The Symptoms

There are many people who've been infected with hepatitis B and are unaware that they have the virus. If you do experience symptoms they are as follows:

  • Jaundice
  • Skin Rash
  • Muscle Aches
  • Belly Pain
  • Sick to your Stomach
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Head Pain
  • Fever
  • Feeling very tired

The majority of people who've been infected with hepatitis B do not experience any symptoms.