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Symptoms & Causes

Hepatitis C is triggered by Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C strikes the liver of the sufferer. The liver of the victim, in Hepatitis C, gets swollen with redness and rawness. The inflammation of the liver causes fatigues, nausea, loss of appetite, etc. Hepatitis C is predominantly circulated by blood to blood exposure analogous transfusion and endovenous drug use. This contagion is ordinarily symptomless. A persistent Hepatitis C infection can give way to cirrhosis.

If the blood of an infected person enters directly into the bloodstream of a noninfected person, the virus is transmitted in this process. E.g. sharing needles for injecting drugs, etc. People who come in contact with infected blood and syringes are at a high risk of getting infected. Also, people who have a blood transfusion, a tattoo or piercing, hemodialysis for a long time, were born to a mother with HCV are at risk of getting infected. Having multiple sexual partners or having STDs or HIV can get infected as well. Most of the cases do not have any symptoms. The remaining cases show yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes, loss of appetite, fatigues, nausea, etc. Majority of the acute Hepatitis C cases do not have any symptoms but the rest of cases have mild to severe symptoms such as- fatigues, vomiting, fever, dark urine, jaundice, joint pain, etc. Most of the people do not show signs or symptoms. But the long-term infected cases may have a damaged liver. There are no symptoms until the actual problems start to show up. In other cases, people do have symptoms but they are quite mild and keep on coming and going, hence not much attention is paid to these symptoms. Brain fog, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle, and joint pains, etc. are some of the symptoms. The number of symptoms does not correspond to damage to the liver. Thus, a person with severe symptoms may have much less of damage to the liver while the person with minor symptoms may have more damage to their liver.

If the contagion causes serious damage to the liver there is a chance that the symptoms might become more projecting. Along with fatigue, one can experience bruising, muscle weakness, poor appetite, weight loss, nausea, jaundice, etc. There are a few cases of advanced cirrhosis where the patients had the symptoms where they experienced bloated belly due to ascites, confusion or hepatic encephalopathy, and bleeding from blood vessels in the digestive tracts or varices.