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What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis C?

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:

  • Fever.
  • Fatigue.
  • Nausea and loss of appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • 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.
  • Depression.
  • Confusion.
  • 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.
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