An acute hepatitis B infection usually doesn’t require treatment or hospitalization, just close monitoring. An acute infection can last for up to six months with or without symptoms. Acute symptoms include nausea, low fever, and loss of appetite.
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Approximately 90 percent of people who get a hepatitis B infection as an adult are able to clear it naturally, while only 10 percent of infants and 40 percent of kids ages 1-5 are able to get rid of the virus on their own.
During this time, it’s recommended that you:
- Eat healthy
- Drink lots of fluids
- Get plenty of rest
It's important to note that while your infection is acute, you are still contagious and can pass the virus on to others.
Anyone who shares a home with an infected person, especially young children, should get the hepatitis B vaccine if they haven't already. Otherwise, avoid sharing things like razors and toothbrushes.
Those who are unable to clear the virus from their body naturally have a chronic infection.