What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?
The hepatitis A virus is usually in your system for 2-6 weeks before symptoms appear. Some people never have any symptoms. If symptoms do appear, they can appear suddenly and may include the following:
- Jaundice (the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
- Low-grade fever (fever up to 102°F)
- Pain in your abdomen, especially on your right side
- Dark-colored urine
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle pain
Young children are likely to have very mild cases of hepatitis A, while symptoms in older children and adults are more likely to be severe.
How long will I be contagious?
You are most contagious soon after you are infected and before symptoms appear. Adults who are otherwise healthy are no longer contagious 2 weeks after the illness begins. Children and people who have weak immune systems may be contagious for up to 6 months.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff