Common symptoms of hepatitis include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite, according to MedlinePlus. Doctors also associate pale bowel movements, dark urine, diarrhea and a yellowing of the skin and eyes known as jaundice with the disease. Some people with mild cases hepatitis suffer no symptoms.
Symptoms of hepatitis vary depending on the severity, and additional symptoms appear if hepatitis causes cirrhosis of the liver, explains the Hepatitis Foundation International. When cirrhosis of the liver occurs, additional possible symptoms include enlargement of the liver, itching, fatigue, gallstone formation and bruising. Accumulation of water in the legs, accumulation of water in the abdomen, vomiting blood, vomiting black material and black bowel movements can also occur. Various substances are especially dangerous for people suffering hepatitis symptoms, including alcohol, acetaminophen and some other medications. Alcohol and acetaminophen are particularly damaging when taken together.
There are several possible causes of hepatitis, but all refer to an inflammation of the liver, according to MedlinePlus. A number of different viruses can cause the condition, as can drug or alcohol use. Some people also have autoimmune conditions in which their own bodies attack their livers, causing hepatitis. Some types of hepatitis can lead to liver cancer. Depending on the cause of hepatitis, it can either go away on its own or be a lifetime condition.