Viral Hepatitis Symptoms
- 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:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Aches and pains
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
- Darker-colored urine
- Lighter-colored stool
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: