people strongly associate hepatitis infections with jaundice, which is the
yellowing of the skin, eyes and mucous membranes. Jaundice rarely occurs in
acute or chronic hepatitis C infection, and hepatitis A and B infections can
also occur without jaundice.
acute and chronic hepatitis C infection some people may experience symptoms
such as exhaustion, pain in the limbs, nausea, flatulence, feelings of
fullness, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, pale-coloured stools or dark urine;
however, these are all rather non-specific symptoms. Patients and doctors may
often interpret these symptoms as signs of over-work or stress rather than as
possible indications of hepatitis C infection.
a doctor orders blood tests for a patient, hepatitis C infection is only
detected for sure if there is a targeted search for the virus. Liver enzyme
values, such as ALT and AST, are often increased, but this is not necessarily
the case for everyone with hepatitis C.
people have hepatitis C for many years before the first symptoms appear. As a
result of this, chronic hepatitis C often goes undetected for a long period of
time. The damage to the liver continues quietly.
time hepatitis C has been diagnosed, many people have already developed the serious
long-term consequences of the disease. It is not for nothing that hepatitis C
is sometimes called the 'silent killer'.