What are the symptoms of hepatitis?

Dr. Ravikumar discusses symptoms of hepatitis.?Click play to watch the video or?read the transcript.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis?

The human liver does almost everything for the body. So, hepatitis most commonly is actually very hard to diagnose and is commonly missed. You can have flu like symptoms all the way to complete liver failure, which is life threatening. A lot of times most patients complain of pain to the area, which is diffused. They can also have nausea, vomiting, diffused abdominal pain. The most common warning sign that doctors see, and we're very concerned about, is actually jaundice, which is yellowing or paleness of the skin, paleness of the eyes, which is a sign that the liver is actually under stress and unable to process some of the toxins the body normally does.


Though there are different types of hepatitis, symptoms for all the types are similar, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You might not have symptoms of hepatitis and might not know you’re infected. Symptoms for an acute infection appear from two weeks to six months after you are infected. Symptoms for chronic hepatitis can take decades to show.

Symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Grey stools
  • Jaundice
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

For more information about Hepatitis symptoms, talk with your doctor.

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