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What are symptoms of hepatitis A?

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There's a lot of variety to how people feel, and it's possible to not have any symptoms. Most children under 6 don't.

The first symptoms can show up anytime 15-50 days after you came in contact with the virus, but usually about 2-4 weeks later. Most people have:

Several days later, you may have liver problems:

Kids could also have:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Little appetite
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Low fever
  • Dark pee
  • Light-colored poop
  • Yellow skin and in the white part of your eyes (jaundice), less common in young kids
  • Stomach pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Cold symptoms
  • Cough
  • Sore throat

From: Hepatitis A Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

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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