The Crazy Symptoms of Hepatitis C
Last updated: March 2023
Hepatitis C can cause damage to the liver. However, hepatitis C also affects each person differently, and some of the symptoms can be surprising. As part of Hepatitis Awareness Month, we're discussing the complex and surprising symptoms of hepatitis C, and sharing the ways that hepatitis C can affect the whole body.
If you're interested in learning more about the symptoms of hepatitis C, check-out the articles below, or ask us a question here.
How Hepatitis C Affects The Skin
People with hepatitis C often experience skin-related issues. For example, around 50% of patients reported struggling with dry skin. Although dry skin is not typically a sign of a serious problem, it can be uncomfortable, and make an individual feel self-conscious... Read more.
Arthritis and Joint Pain with Hep C
When your liver is inflamed or injured due to hepatitis C, it can create arthritis and joint pain. Talk to your doctor about the cause of joint pain, and to see if treatment is possible. If you need medication for pain or swelling... Read more.
From Head to Toe: The Long-Term Effects of Hepatitis C on the Whole Body
While hepatitis C virus (HCV) is known as a condition that affects the liver, HCV can affect the whole body. When the liver is damaged, such as when there is a chronic HCV infection, it cannot properly do its jobs. If left untreated, HCV can cause many problems... Read more.
The Swollen Belly: Ascites
When fluid accumulates in the belly area, this is known as ascites. Common in people with cirrhosis, ascites may also occur in people with conditions such as heart failure, kidney failure, infection, or cancer. Ascites tends to develop when the liver is starting to fail... Read more.
Hepatitis C Fatigue
For people with hepatitis C, fatigue may be hard to avoid, as it may be linked to the underlying progression or effects of the condition. Fatigue may also be associated with the psychological impacts of hepatitis C, including its impact on mental health conditions... Read more.
It’s Not Easy Being Yellow: Thoughts on Jaundice
Jaundice is caused when our liver is being attacked. In our case, it’s hepatitis C. Jaundice is not so easy to track, and it can be different for different people. It’s serious, but it can be treated. Most of the time, jaundice is caused by too much bilirubin in our bloodstream... Read more.
Scary Hair with Hepatitis C
Liver disease has some strange side effects. One of them is hair problems. Your liver processes protein in your body. With a virus attacking your liver, it’s is hard to break down protein. It can really show up in your hair... Read more.
You Know You Have Hepatic Encephalopathy When...
I had hepatic encephalopathy for a couple of years before I was even diagnosed. I managed to keep working, and was out and about socially when I had hep C. As the cirrhosis got worse however, there were total black outs. Toward the end of liver cancer, I stayed... Read more.
The Lesser Known Symptoms of Hep C
Hepatitis C can sometimes be a silent disease, doing damage to people’s bodies for years before any symptoms show. Some of these symptoms may also be invisible on the outside, making it hard for others to understand... Read more.
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