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Checklist of Common Hepatitis C Symptoms

Certain people do have some or all of the following symptoms:

• Chronic fatigue in spite of getting enough sleep

• Not feeling much like eating because of a loss of appetite

• Jaundice, a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucus membranes (tissue including that which lines the mouth), and whites of the eyes due to liver damage

• Dark urine

• Stools that are chalky-colored.

• Stools that are loose

• Abdominal pain

• Generalized aches and pains

• Rashes that itch (urticaria)

• Hives

• Pain in joints

• A sudden distaste for cigarettes, which is a good development for smokers!

• Intermittent or fairly constant nausea

• Bouts of vomiting

Chronic hepatitis C infections may exacerbate some of the above symptoms, including:

• An overall feeling of weakness

• Severe fatigue to the point of not being able to carry out normal activities

• Extreme loss of appetite and with it the danger of losing too much weight and becoming frail.

A chronic hepatitis C infection that is left untreated may advance to serious complications, including:

• Cirrhosis of the liver, which is scarring of the organ.

• Progressive liver failure.

• An increased risk of liver cancer.

Footnotes

Hepatitis C Information for the Public – CDC

Diseases and Conditions, Hepatitis C, MayoClinic.org

MedLinePlus, NIH

New York Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Viral Hepatitis

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