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.
FatigueLoss of appetiteFeverNausea and vomitingDiarrheaWeight lossAbdominal pain or discomfortAches and painsHeadacheJaundice—yellowing of the eyes and skinDarker-colored urineLighter-colored stoolItchingRash
Symptoms common to all types of viral hepatitis include:
Overview of acute viral hepatitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hepatic-and-biliary-disorders/hepatitis/overview-of-acute-viral-hepatitis. Updated July 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Overview of chronic viral hepatitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hepatic-and-biliary-disorders/hepatitis/overview-of-chronic-hepatitis. Updated July 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Viral hepatitis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
Updated September 12, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Last reviewed March 2016 by David L. Horn, MD
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