Many people with hepatitis B may never have any symptoms or may not show any symptoms for many years. Although there may be no symptoms, the virus is still present and can be damaging the liver. As people may not realise they are infected, they can pass the virus on to others without knowing.
Some people may experience only a mild, flu-like illness and are not ill enough to go and see a doctor. These are general symptoms but ones that can be easily confused with the flu.
Some early symptoms of hepatitis B include
- Sickness; stomach ache and / or diarrhoea
- Fever / night sweats
- Difficulty concentrating
- Joint / muscle pain
- Jaundiced (yellow eyes or skin)
- Pain in the liver area
Due to the nature of these symptoms, diagnosis of hepatitis B infection is often missed in the early stages of infection.