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What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis B?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hepatitis B
People with chronic hepatitis B seldom have symptoms. If symptoms do occur can are often mild or flu-like. The following symptoms are the most common, and in some case may not appear for six months or more after infection.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Low-grade fever
  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue

If you know you've been exposed to the hepatitis B virus, it's important to get tested. Even if you have no symptoms, chronic hepatitis B is a progressive liver disease that needs to be treated and monitored.

Hepatitis C
People with chronic hepatitis C usually do not have early symptoms or symptoms are mild. Symptoms that can occur include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain, fluid buildup in the abdomen
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
  • Fever
  • Dark urine, clay-colored stools
  • Fatigue
  • Itchiness
  • Joint pain

If you know you've been exposed to the hepatitis C virus, it's important to get tested. Although symptoms can subside, chronic hepatitis causes long-term inflammation of the liver that if left untreated will cause severe liver damage.

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