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Symptoms

Hepatitis A does not always cause obvious symptoms. Some people may experience mild symptoms lasting 1 to 2 weeks, while others will have more severe symptoms that can last for several months. Generally, the severity of the illness increases with age, which is why children infected with the hepatitis A virus usually do not show any symptoms. Symptoms of hepatitis A include the following:

  • Jaundice
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark urine

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks after exposure. However, it’s important to note that infected people are contagious up to 2 weeks before they show any symptoms at all.

Last Updated October 01, 2009