Symptoms of hepatitis A

Learn about the symptoms of hepatitis A, what to look for and what to do if you become ill.

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Symptoms of hepatitis A

Not everyone who is infected will have symptoms. Symptoms are more likely to occur in adults than in children.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • fever
  • dark urine
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach cramps or abdominal pain
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

After you have been exposed to hepatitis A, symptoms:

  • typically appear 14 to 28 days later
  • may occur up to 50 days later

Symptoms usually last less than 2 months.

Symptoms may be:

  • mild and last only 1 or 2 weeks
  • severe and last up to 9 months

What do you do if you become ill

Visit your health care provider immediately if you think you have:

  • hepatitis A
  • been exposed to the virus

It’s possible to prevent illness if you get vaccinated within 2 weeks of being exposed to the virus.

Consult your health care provider if you have:

  • any of the listed symptoms
  • been in contact with an infected person
  • consumed food handled by someone infected with hepatitis A

Tell your health care provider:

  • your symptoms
  • which countries you visited or lived in during the 50 days before having symptoms
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