Symptoms of Hepatitis B
Symptoms of hepatitis B can appear one to four months after infection. Some people have no symptoms, while others have symptoms that range from mild to severe.
If symptoms are present, they may include:
- Headache and body aches
- Pain in the upper right abdomen
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dark urine
- Stools that are gray or lighter in color than usual
- Jaundice (yellowish eyes and skin)
- Easy bleeding and bruising
The main complication of chronic hepatitis B is liver failure, which means the liver loses its ability to fight infection and remove harmful substances from the blood. Some people also develop cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver.