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)
• 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.
Hepatitis C Information for the Public – CDC
Diseases and Conditions, Hepatitis C, MayoClinic.org
New York Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Viral Hepatitis