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:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Headache and body aches
  • Pain in the upper right abdomen
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • 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.