Hepatitis ASymptoms

The symptoms of hepatitis A develop, on average, around 4 weeks after becoming infected. But not everyone with the infection has symptoms.

The symptoms of hepatitis A develop, on average, around 4 weeks after becoming infected. But not everyone with the infection has symptoms.

See your GP if you think you could have been infected with the virus.

blood test will be needed to rule out more serious conditions that have similar symptoms.

Initial symptoms

The initial symptoms of hepatitis A can include:

These symptoms usually last from a few days up to a couple of weeks.

Later symptoms

After the initial symptoms, the following symptoms may develop:

  • yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • dark pee
  • pale poo
  • itchy skin
  • the upper right part of your tummy becoming swollen and tender

Most people make a full recovery within a couple of months, although the symptoms can come and go for up to 6 months.

Signs of a serious problem

Hepatitis A is not usually serious, but in rare cases it can cause the liver to stop working properly (liver failure).

As well as the symptoms mentioned, signs of liver failure can include:

  • sudden, severe vomiting
  • a tendency to bruise and bleed easily (for example, frequent nosebleeds or bleeding gums)
  • irritability
  • problems with memory and concentration
  • drowsiness and confusion

Get medical advice as soon as possible if you have these symptoms. Liver failure can be life threatening if not treated quickly.

Page last reviewed: 10/03/2019
Next review due: 10/03/2022