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Hepatitis B often doesn’t show symptoms, and it usually goes away on its own. Most people don’t even know they have it. When there are hepatitis B symptoms, it can feel like the flu.

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Hepatitis B often has no symptoms.

About half of adults with hepatitis B never get any symptoms. The symptoms can also feel like other illnesses, like the flu. So it’s possible to have the infection and not know it.

Symptoms of hepatitis B

When people do show signs of hepatitis B, the first ones usually show up between 6 weeks and 6 months after they got the virus. Hepatitis B symptoms typically last for a few weeks, but can sometimes stick around for months.

These are the signs and symptoms of hepatitis B:

  • feeling really tired

  • pain in your belly

  • losing your appetite

  • nausea and vomiting

  • pain in your joints

  • headache

  • fever

  • hives

  • dark-colored urine (pee)

  • pale, clay-colored bowel movements (poop)

  • jaundice — when your eyes and skin get yellow

If you have any symptoms of hepatitis B, it’s important to check with a doctor or nurse for testing. Hepatitis B usually will go away by itself, but it may become chronic and seriously damage your liver.

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