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How long do symptoms of hepatitis A last?

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How long can vary from person to person.

If you have a severe infection, it can cause problems for several months. You may need to stay in the hospital.

Some people have symptoms that can last more than 3 months or have problems that come and go for 3-9 months.

  • Mild hepatitis A may last 1-2 weeks.
  • Most people are much better within 3 weeks.
  • Young children who get symptoms usually get better within 2 months.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Traveler's Health: Hepatitis A," "Viral Hepatitis," Hepatitis A Vaccine."

NHS web site: "Hepatitis A -- Complications."

Mandell, G.L., Bennett, J.E., Dolin, R., editors,  , 7th edition, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2009. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

Long, S.S., editor,   3rd edition, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2008. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases,

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases: "Hepatitis A Vaccine Recommendations."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 14, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Traveler's Health: Hepatitis A," "Viral Hepatitis," Hepatitis A Vaccine."

NHS web site: "Hepatitis A -- Complications."

Mandell, G.L., Bennett, J.E., Dolin, R., editors,  , 7th edition, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2009. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

Long, S.S., editor,   3rd edition, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2008. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases,

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases: "Hepatitis A Vaccine Recommendations."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 14, 2018

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