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When do symptoms of viral hepatitis appear?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

People with hepatitis A, B, and C may not show any symptoms or have only mild symptoms. Symptoms of hepatitis A usually appear a month after infection. Hepatitis B symptoms begin within four months of infections, while symptoms from hepatitis C begin, on average, 45 days after becoming infected.

Although symptoms may not appear, people with hepatitis C are more at risk for developing long-term liver disorders. Symptoms related to hepatitis E usually appear within a month to 40 days after exposure and are most common in teens and young adults ages 15 to 40. Pregnant women are at particular risk for severe illness from hepatitis E.

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