Symptoms of Hepatitis A

Symptoms usually develop two to six weeks after you are exposed to the hepatitis A virus. Symptoms can last a few weeks up to six months in people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms can include:

  • Dark urine
  • Stools that are gray or lighter in color than usual
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Jaundice (yellowish eyes and skin)

Some people, especially children under six years of age, may have no symptoms when they have hepatitis A.

You are most contagious in the two weeks before your symptoms appear.