Shedding Light on The Symptoms of Hep C for World Hepatitis Day
July 28th is World Hepatitis Day! Many refer to the hepatitis C epidemic as the silent epidemic. We know that hep C can also be a silent disease, doing damage to people’s bodies for years before any symptoms show. Our community members often note that they wish their friends and family knew more about how hepatitis C can affect their day to day life – even after being cured. In honor of World Hepatitis Day, we’re shedding light on some of the lesser known (but still common!) symptoms that we see discussed in our community!
Many people do not know that hep C can cause skin problems. People with hep C may notice dryness, scaling, itching, redness, and welts. For some, itching can be one of the most annoying symptoms! Read more about how hep C affects the skin.
Mouth sores and dental issues
Since hep C mainly affects the liver, many are surprised to know that people experience symptoms in their mouth! People with hep C may experience lichen planus, a condition that can affect the skin and cause mouth sores. Paying special attention to dental health is important for people living with hep C.
Abdominal pain, joint pain, and muscle aches are all common symptoms experienced by people with hep C. Neuropathy is also a common side effect for those who have treated with older treatments, like interferon. Read more about managing the pain of hepatitis C.
Brain Fog and memory problems
Brain fog can be a symptom of the hepatitis C virus, but can also be a side effect of treatment. This fog may make it hard to think clearly or remember things. So, if you’re feeling zoned out – you are not alone!
Depression is one of the most common conditions associated with hep C. While those battling symptoms of depression may feel alone, it is important to remember that many in the community have experienced similar feelings. Read more about hepatitis C and mental health.
Fatigue from hep C is more than just feeling tired! Chronic fatigue< is one of the most debilitating symptoms people experience, impacting people even after they've been cured! Read more about managing fatigue.
Are there other hep C symptoms that you wish were more widely known? Comment below to let us know what else you’d like to share with the world for World Hepatitis Day!