Hepatitis means that the liver is inflamed. This inflammation (swelling) can be caused by germs, viruses, some medicines, some diseases, or heavy alcohol use.
These three kinds of hepatitis can be acute. Hepatitis B and C can become chronic.
Chronic hepatitis B and C are serious health problems.
Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks after contact with the virus.
You may not have any sign of hepatitis. Or, you may have:
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Last updated December 26, 2013