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Hepatitis C Symptoms

Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver that can be sexually transmitted. It causes swelling and inflammation that negatively impact the liver’s ability to perform correctly. If left untreated, hepatitis can lead to severe consequences, including death.

General Symptoms

  • Yellowing of skin and or whites of eyes otherwise known as jaundice
  • Low grade fever
  • Feeling of nausea that can lead to vomiting
  • Abnormally dark urine
  • A consistent ache or uncomfortable feeling where the liver is located in the body
  • Feeling of extreme fatigue to the point of exhaustion

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a very harmful infection that can become chronic if left untreated. Early detection is crucial in the diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis C. Testing for Hepatitis C requires a quick and easy blood test called a Hepatitis C Surface Antibody Test. This test is accurate as soon as 8 weeks following a possible infection. If you have had a known exposure to Hepatitis C within the last 72 hours, go to an urgent care or emergency room immediately to seek preventative treatment.

The treatment for hepatitis varies depending on the severity and length of time the carrier has had the disease. If it is still in the acute stages, medications are used to help relieve some of the symptoms and stop them from worsening. If it has become chronic, it is treated with Interferon injections for 4-6 months. It can also be treated with a year of a medication called Lamivudine taken orally.