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Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C often develops without noticeable symptoms, yet understanding the potential signs is crucial for early detection and effective treatment of this viral infection.

  • 24 Nov 2023
  • 3 min read

Have you ever heard of hepatitis C? It's a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that affects millions of people around the world. Left untreated, HCV can lead to severe health problems such as cirrhosis (liver scarring). Knowing the symptoms and signs of hepatitis C is key to catching it early and getting proper treatment as soon as possible. In this blog post, we'll dive into what Hepatitis C is, discuss the various types, list its common signs and symptoms, how prevention works best in combating it, and provide helpful resources to turn to when seeking help for yourself or someone close to you if needed.


What are the Symptoms of Hepatitis C?        

Long-term or chronic hepatitis is usually followed by acute hepatitis, which in most cases is asymptomatic. The acute form may be associated with some generalized symptoms that include fatigue, joint pain, and pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, which are the early symptoms of hepatitis C. This makes the diagnosis of acute HCV infection challenging.

The other signs and symptoms of hepatitis C include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fluid accumulation or edema in ankles and feet
  • Build-up of ascites in abdomen
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice
  • Poor quality of life

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In serious cases, the signs and symptoms of hepatitis C include:

  • Spider angiomas or abnormally dilated blood vessels found just beneath the skin surface
  • Asterixis or inability to maintain one sustained posture
  • Caput-medusae or clustered swollen veins in the abdomen
  • Anasarca or general swelling of the whole body
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma



In conclusion, it’s important to note that the symptoms of Hepatitis C may vary greatly depending on the individual. Ultimately, recognising and managing any symptoms of hepatitis C early is essential for effective treatment and long-term care. If you believe you are exhibiting any of these signs and have been at risk of contracting Hepatitis C, seek medical attention right away.

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