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Viral Hepatitis Symptoms

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  • Hepatitis A —This infection may or may not cause symptoms. Adults are more likely to have symptoms than children. Incubation is from 15-45 days. Hepatitis A does not progress to chronic liver disease.
  • Hepatitis B —With this form of hepatitis, symptoms usually appear within 25-180 days following exposure to the virus. Hepatitis B may progress to carrier state or chronic liver disease.
  • Hepatitis C —About 80% of people with hepatitis C have no symptoms. Over time, however, the disease can cause serious liver damage. Hepatitis C may progress to chronic hepatitis. Incubation is from 15-60 days.

Symptoms common to all types of viral hepatitis include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Darker-colored urine
  • Lighter-colored stool
  • Itching
  • Rash

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: .

Hepatitis Information Network website. Available at: .

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: .