Hepatitis C has the same symptoms of liver disease, including aches and pains, fatigue, and toileting irregularities. People with hepatitis C may not have symptoms straight away. Symptoms typically get worse over time as the liver deteriorates.
Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C
Most people with acute hepatitis C, the disease’s first phase, are asymptomatic, or without symptoms. Any symptoms associated with this viral infection are usually mild. They include:
- Nausea and loss of appetite.
- Dark-colored urine.
- Clay-colored feces.
- Pain in the abdomen and joints.
- Muscle aches.
- Jaundice (skin and eyes appear yellow).
Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis C
Once hepatitis C progresses to the chronic stage, usually six months after infection, symptoms become more common. However, even people with chronic hepatitis C may be asymptomatic at first. Symptoms become more common and severe unless the viral infection is treated. In addition to all the symptoms of acute hepatitis C, common chronic hepatitis C symptoms include:
- Chronic fatigue.
- Slurred speech.
- Easily bleeding or bruising.
- Swollen legs, feet, and ankles.
- Fluid retention around the abdomen.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Itchy skin.
- Spider-like blood vessels appearing on the skin (spider angiomas).
- Red palms.
- Periods stop for women.
- Larger breasts, atrophied testicles, and reduced sex drive for men.