Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused through exposure to infected blood and other bodily fluids. Hep B is found globally, but the high-risk areas include some parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

A person can contract Hepatitis B by having unprotected sex, sharing needles, having piercings or tattoos with non-sterilised equipment,and also sharing toothbrushes or razors.

Risk areas for Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

Common Symptoms of Hepatitis B:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • Aches and pains
  • Dark urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yellowing of eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • Diarrhoea
  • High temperatures
  • Stomach pain

Prevention

Before you go on your travels, book an appointment with our travel experts to discuss the need for a vaccine. If the vaccine is not administered, Hepatitis B infection can last upwards of 2-4 months. In severe cases, 1 in 250 people may develop eventual liver failure which can be life-threatening.

There is currently no known cure for Hepatitis B. If contracted, symptoms will naturally get better after a couple of months with the right amount of rest and recuperation. Therefore experts highly recommended vaccination to avoid contraction.

A combined vaccination of Hepatitis A & B is also available if deemed appropriate by our travel expert.

Visit your nearest Travel Clinic today.

Content Reviewed By

Ghulam Haydar, MPharm, IPresc

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