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Older children and adults typically have symptoms. If symptoms develop, they can appear abruptly and can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
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Most children younger than age 6 do not have symptoms when they have Hepatitis A. When symptoms are present, young children typically do not have jaundice, but older children and adults with Hepatitis A do.
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How soon after exposure to Hepatitis A will symptoms appear?
If symptoms occur, they usually start appearing 4 weeks after exposure, but can occur as early as 2 and as late as 7 weeks after exposure. Symptoms usually develop over a period of several days.
How long do Hepatitis A symptoms last?
Symptoms usually last less than 2 months, although some people (10%–15%) with Hepatitis A can have symptoms for as long as 6 months.