When To Call a Doctor
If you see a person with hepatitis B become
unconscious, call 911 or other emergency
Call a doctor right away if you have been diagnosed with
hepatitis B and you have severe
dehydration or these signs of liver
- Extreme irritability.
- Trouble thinking clearly.
- Extreme sleepiness.
- Swelling of the
arms, legs, hands, feet, belly, or face.
bleeding from the nose, mouth, or rectum (including blood in the stool), or
under the skin.
- Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes.
Call to make an appointment if:
- You have risk factors for hepatitis B, such as handling blood or body fluids as a routine part of your job or having many sex partners.
- You have any symptoms of hepatitis B (see Symptoms).
- Someone in your household has
been diagnosed with hepatitis B.
- Your sex partner has been
diagnosed with hepatitis B.
- You have been bitten by or exposed to
the blood or body fluids (such as
semen or vaginal fluids, including menstrual blood) of
someone who has hepatitis B.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or
condition without using medical treatment. Because of the need to prevent the
spread of hepatitis B, watchful waiting isn't advised if you have symptoms
of the virus or if you think you have come in contact with the
Who to see
Hepatitis B usually can be
These specialists may work with your doctor to
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.