How do I know if I have hepatitis C?July 18, 2019
A lot of people cannot tell when they are suffering from certain ailments, and one of thoseailments is Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is an infection that affects the liver of a person, damaging the liver in the process, and further spreading through the blood of the affected person, contaminating the bloodstream in the process. As scary as the ailment sounds, five out of ten people with this deadly disease do not even know they have it.
Hepatitis can be transmitted from one person to the other if the blood of an infected person finds its way into the body of another person. One of the easiest ways for this to happen is when the needle used on an infected person is used on an uninfected person.
Symptoms of hepatitis C
Hepatitis C takes a long time to start showing symptoms in the bodies of infected people, and this is probably why most people are not aware that they have it until they get tested.
Some of the symptoms of Hepatitis C include fatigue, bruising easily, bleeding easily, poor appetite, jaundice (yellow color developing in the eyes, and skin discoloration), dark-colored urine, gray-colored stool, fever, nausea and vomiting, itchy skin, swollen legs, weight loss, drowsiness, slurring, confusion and spiderweb-like designs on your skin.
These are symptoms you should focus on, and when you begin to feel any of these, make sure you call a doctor.
Some of these symptoms, however, might seem a little too usual for you to pay attention to. Symptoms like fatigue might sometimes be related to stress, but when you start experiencing fatigue even when you have not done anything to stress your body, then something is definitely wrong with you and you should see a doctor as soon as you notice this. Weight loss, just like fatigue can be caused by other things as well, but it would not hurt to visit the doctor or use a STDCheck promo code to do a routine test if you find out that you are losing weight, or suddenly losing appetite for food. The other symptoms are serious and very noticeable when you notice any of them, especially jaundice and spider web-like designs on your skin, do see a doctor almost immediately.
There are three stages of hepatitis C, it goes from the acute phase, where patients suffer abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, jaundice, and nausea. They also begin to pass out dark urine and gray-colored stool at this stage. At this stage, people with a strong immune system usually scale through, because their immune system fights the virus. However, this only happens in about 1 out of 4 people. The symptoms might also not be obvious in this stage, so patients might not know they have been infected.
Those who do not scale through this phase go through the chronic stage, at this point, the virus is fully invested in the body. After the virus has taken over the body it moves on to the final stage- cirrhosis and liver failure, at this point the liver is already beginning to get damaged. The symptoms at this point include easy bruising and bleeding, confusion, swelling in legs and abdomen, fatigue and itchiness.
While it has a cure, only 15 to 25% percent of the affected people can completely clear the virus from their system.