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Hepatitis C Symptoms
Reviewed by Frank Cockerill, MD, Mar. 28, 2017
How would I know if I have hepatitis C?
You can have hepatitis C and not know it. In fact, 80% of people with the
disease do not feel or see anything different. Most of the time, hepatitis C
is diagnosed accidentally, usually during a routine exam or when giving
blood. A test is often the only way to know if you are infected. The
hepatitis C virus is detected with a blood test that looks for antibodies to
People with acute hepatitis C who do show signs usually feel like they have the flu.
Flu-like symptoms for acute hepatitis C may show up any time from 2 weeks to 6 months after
being infected. Flu-like symptoms may include feeling tired, a lack of hunger, vomiting, belly
aches, itchiness, feverish, muscle and joint pain.Jaundice (yellowish skin and eyes) and dark
urine are other signs of liver problems from acute hepatitis C.
What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis C?
Chronic hepatitis C means that you have had an infection for more than 6
months and it did not clear up in its acute stage. Most people with chronic
hepatitis C can live without feeling anything at all for 10, 20, 30 years.
Over time, about 1 in 4 people living with chronic hepatitis C will develop
very serious liver problems, including liver failure or liver cancer.