Caused by a highly contagious virus, hepatitis A causes inflammation and impacts liver function. Many cases of hepatitis A are minor and do not require treatment, and people generally recover without lasting damage to the liver. However, in some cases this condition can be more severe and lasts a few months.
After the hepatitis A virus has been in the body for a few weeks, the infected individual will begin experiencing symptoms. Although not everyone develops them, common signs include flu-like symptoms: low-grade fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, as well as sudden nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and abdominal pain in the location of the liver -- beneath the lower ribs on the right side of the body.
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