What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis C?

Q:
What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis C?

A:

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. In chronic hepatitis, liver inflammation continues for at least six months. This condition may be mild, causing relatively little damage. In more serious conditions, it will destroy liver cells. Or even worse, it will lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.

At first, chronic hepatitis often does not cause any symptoms. The most obvious symptom is fatigue. Fatigue worsens throughout the day and may even be debilitating. Other common symptoms include:

  • Mild upper abdomen discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Body aches

If chronic hepatitis becomes more severe, people may experience additional symptoms, including:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dark urine
  • Easy bruisability and spontaneous bleeding
  • Confusion that may progress to coma

Because chronic hepatitis often does not cause any early symptoms, you need to do a routine blood test to discover it. So, if you always feel tired for a long time, the most common symptom of chronic hepatitis, please make an appointment to see your doctor.

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