Symptoms of Viral Hepatitis
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, symptoms usually appear within 25-180 days following exposure to the virus. Hepatitis B may progress to carrier state or chronic liver disease.
Most people with
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.
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
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