What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?

//What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Acute HCV infection

Hepatitis C (HCV) infection begins with exposure to the virus. This phase is called acute HCV. The word “acute” means short-term. Acute HCV often doesn’t have any symptoms. In several studies, over two-thirds of patients with acute HCV were asymptomatic (did not experience symptoms).

Acute HCV infection can develop 2 to 26 weeks following exposure to HCV. In people who develop symptoms, the acute illness usually lasts for 2 to 12 weeks. When symptoms do occur with acute HCV, they typically include jaundice (yellow colored skin or eyes), abdominal pain, and flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle aches, and nausea. These symptoms will usually disappear within a few weeks.

Chronic HCV infection

Acute HCV becomes a chronic disease about 80% of the time. The word “chronic” means long-term or prolonged. Chronic HCV infection is when the virus is detectable for 6 or more months after the initial infection.3,4

Chronic HCV infection can also affect a person without causing obvious symptoms, even if there is damage to the liver. Symptoms may worsen if HCV causes significant liver damage, although this usually takes many years and even decades. The symptoms of chronic HCV include :

  • Fatigue (feeling tired)
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever (low-grade)
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain, particularly in the upper right quadrant
  • Itching
  • Dark urine (tea-colored)
  • Gray-colored bowel movements
  • Jaundice (yellow colored skin or eyes)

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