Symptom: Hepatitis C (HCV)

    Most people do not have symptoms when they acquire the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and about one-fourth of those infected will have symptoms like
    • fatigue,
    • fever,
    • loss of appetite,
    • muscle pain.
    Other symptoms can include
    • joint pains,
    • nausea,
    • poor appetite,
    • vomiting,
    • abdominal pain.
    Those who develop a chronic condition have persistent inflammation of the liver that leads to liver damage that may include scarring (cirrhosis), causing symptoms like
    • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes),
    • weakness,
    • weight loss,
    • problems with blood clotting,
    • spider-like blood vessels seen on the skin,
    • breast enlargement in men.
    Other possible symptoms of chronic HCV disease are
    • a rash on the palms,
    • fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites),
    • bleeding problems,
    • confusion
    • even coma due to the buildup of toxic substances that impair brain function.

    Source: http://www.medicinenet.com

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