What Are the Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis?

Q:
What are the symptoms of acute hepatitis?

A:
Hepatitis is a term covers all kinds of liver inflammation. Jaundice is a key symptom of all forms of hepatitis. There are two main types of hepatitis-acute hepatitis and chronic hepatitis. In acute hepatitis, the disease resolve itself within six months. If beyond six months, then it becomes chronic. There are two main types of acute hepatitis-acute hepatitis A and acute hepatitis B. The symptoms are different from each other.

Symptoms of acute hepatitis A:

  • Fatigue
  • Sudden nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the upper right side beneath your lower ribs (by your liver)
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Dark urine
  • Joint pain
  • Yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • Intense itching

Symptoms of acute hepatitis B:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

If you have symptoms of acute hepatitis, contact your doctor immediately.

Keywords: acute hepatitis

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