What are the symptoms of hepatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Many people with hepatitis have no signs of infection, while others may experience fatigue, muscle aches, jaundice, etc. Hepatitis often has silent symptoms that remain so for up to 20 years. If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms listed below, have your doctor run a simple blood test to check for hepatitis.

Symptoms of hepatitis:

     • Fatigue

     • Muscle aches

     • Jaundice/yellow skin

     • Pale stools

     • Dark urine

     • Low-grade fever

     • Vomiting

     • Diarrhea

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Symptoms of hepatitis can vary and depend upon the cause of the inflammation of the liver. Common symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Clay colored stools

In cases of chronic hepatitis, breast development (gynecomastia) can occur in men. Most people infected with hepatitis B and C show no early symptoms, while hepatitis A can cause children ages six to 14 having a high rate of developing jaundice and those above 14 have an even higher rate of developing it. Chronic symptoms are most common with hepatitis C.

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