Hepatitis C – Fact Or Fiction

I have a very good friend who contracted Hepatitis C and lived with the disease for over 20 years. I am not sure that I even understand the disease and I am a physician. 80% of people with Hepatitis C do not even have symptoms. The disease affects the liver and there can be a significant damage by the time symptoms appear. The problem with this disease is the symptoms can come and go. The symptoms can be very mild and can be associated with the flu or a viral illness.The symptoms can last for weeks or months and because of the variable can often be missed.

One of the more common symptoms is nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite or chronic fatigue.Chronic Hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis, a disease which is more commonly associated with alcoholism.

So what types of symptoms should be concerned about?

If you have come in contact with a person who you know has Hepatitis C, you certainly should be concerned about unusual illnesses. If you think you might have been exposed to the disease and then get ill, you need to seek medical attention. The symptoms usually appear within five to twelve weeks of exposure. Nausea and vomiting for more than 2 days should concern you. If your skin or the whites of your eyes take on a yellowish tinge or your urine changes to a dark-brown color, you should seek medical attention.

There are a lot of books on the topic of Hepatitis C. I have information on my website about Hepatitis C.