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SYMPTOMS AND WARNING SIGNS OF HEPATITIS C: A REALITY CHECK

Dr. Paramesha K N, Thursday, November 7, 2019

WHAT IS HEPATITIS C

A hepatitis virus that can attack the liver hence the condition is serious. In fact, when it comes to the hepatitis viruses (A, B and C), the Hepatitis C infection is considered to be the most serious of all.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HEPATITIS C?

Up to 80 percent of those who have an acute form of Hepatitis C will have no visible symptoms. In some cases, however, people will experience certain symptoms not long after the virus has infected them. These symptoms may be mild but can also be severe for some people and they include;

  • A Fever
  • Feeling Tired
  • Having a Poor Appetite


WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF HEPATITIS C INFECTION?

If you are among the 20 to 30 percent of people who do develop Hepatitis C symptoms soon after infection, you might also have these symptoms;

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your stomach
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Abnormalities in urine or bowel movements
  • A yellowing in your eyes or skin

Early symptoms would be most likely to occur around six or seven weeks after exposure to the Hepatitis C virus.


WHAT ARE DELAYED SYMPTOMS OF HEPATITIS C?

While some people may develop Hepatitis C symptoms within two weeks of infection, others might experience a much longer delay before noticing any symptoms.

It could take anywhere from six months to 10 years or more before someone with the virus becomes aware of any symptoms. This is because it can take years for the virus to lead to liver damage.


WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF HEPATITIS C?

There are two main types of Hepatitis C:

  • Acute Hepatitis C and
  • Chronic Hepatitis C

The length of time you may experience symptoms will depend on the type of infection you have. With acute Hepatitis C, the symptoms are more short-term, lasting only six months or less. Acute hepatitis, however, can lead to another type of hepatitis, chronic hepatitis.

Chronic hepatitis can last for one’s entire life because it’s very difficult for the body to get rid of the virus.


WHY KIMS?

At KIMS, known for being one of the best gastroenterology hospitals in Hyderabad, our doctors and staff are experts in understanding and recognizing the warning signs and symptoms of Hepatitis C.

Our dedicated gastroenterologists in Hyderabad are committed to giving unparalleled hepatitis treatment in Hyderabad.

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