Symptoms of hepatitis D

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

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What are the symptoms of hepatitis D?

Initial symptoms may include:

  • tiredness
  • not having energy for everyday tasks
  • stomach aches
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling sick, like you may vomit
  • fever

These initial symptoms may lead to jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and the ongoing symptoms of tiredness and sickness.

Infection generally causes severe liver inflammation and may lead to chronic hepatitis D infection. Individuals with chronic hepatitis D can develop:

  • cirrhosis of the liver (scarring)
  • fulminant hepatitis (severe swelling leading to liver failure)

Some people do not develop any symptoms for the next 5 to 10 years, until their liver has been damaged. This is why it is important to take precautions against hepatitis D.

What do you do if you become ill?

If you think you are at risk or may be infected with hepatitis D, talk to your health care provider about:

  • testing
  • getting the hepatitis B vaccine
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