Re: HBs Ag
Hepatitis B is contagious so be sure to use precautions with blood, semen urine and stool. It would be advisable to try to figure out how you got it, and notify any contacts. You should be seeing an infectious disease or liver Doctor for follow-up and monitoring. The incubation can be as long as six months from exposure to development of symptoms. Until your liver heals completely, usually 3 months or so, avoid all alcohol and Tylenol. You will need liver enzymes checked periodically until back to normal. You may become jaundiced and have brown urine, loss of appetite and weight, fever, itching and feel sick early on with fatigue, aches and pains in muscles and joints. A nutritionist can help guide you as far as what to eat that will keep up your weight but not tax your liver, usually high carb, lower protein during the infection. You need detailed info on how to prevent transmission to others. If you think you may have contracted it through a blood transfusion, please notify the hospital where the blood was administered and the public health department, so any further units can be disposed of properly. Most people recover from Hep B completely, but it is important to protect your liver from further injury in future.