Symptoms of Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A may or may not cause symptoms. Adults are more likely to have symptoms than children. Incubation is 15-45 days. Hepatitis A does not progress to chronic liver disease.

Hepatitis B

With hepatitis B, 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    TOP

Most 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 15-60 days.

Common Symptoms    TOP

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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References:

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated January 29, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated June 29, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Hepatitis C. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115157/Hepatitis-C. Updated December 21, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Hepatitis C (acute). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T413896/Hepatitis-C-acute. Updated December 16, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Hepatitis D virus (HDV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated November 3, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated December 19, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Overview of acute viral hepatitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at:
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Updated July 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Overview of chronic viral hepatitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at:
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Updated July 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Viral hepatitis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis. Updated December 9, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2017.
Last reviewed February 2017 by David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 3/15/2015

 

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