for Veterans and the Public
How will I know if I have it? - Hepatitis A for Patients
Your provider can tell you if you have hepatitis A by taking a sample of your blood. A blood test for a specific antibody called an IgM antibody can tell if you are infected with hepatitis A. Your provider will also talk to you about your symptoms, which may include the following:
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (called jaundice)
- Feeling very tired
- Stomach pain
- Not feeling very hungry
- Dark urine or light-colored stools
- Nausea or vomiting
- Low-grade fever
- Joint pain
Though some people do not have any symptoms, hepatitis A usually makes people feel sick:
- Adults with hepatitis A are often too ill to work for up to a month.
- People with hepatitis A sometimes have to be hospitalized (up to 1 person in 5).
- In rare cases, people die as a result of hepatitis A (about 3 to 6 deaths per 1,000 cases).