What is Hepatitis C? [video]

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What is Hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect and damage the liver. Symptoms are often not noticeable and can be mistaken for another condition. It is therefore common for the condition to remain undiagnosed until the liver has been damaged. It is usually passed through the sharing of bodily fluids.

What are the symptoms? Symptoms are not often present until the condition reaches an advanced stage, or chronic hepatitis; however, one in four people display symptoms during the first six months of infection. This is acute hepatitis. One in five acute cases resolve spontaneously. The symptoms of acute hepatitis include tiredness, a loss of appetite, a high temperature, stomach pain, feeling sick, vomiting, and yellowing of the eyes and skin, or jaundice.

Chronic hepatitis occurs when the virus remains active in the body for many years. Symptoms can be variable and often go away and come back over the years. These include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, headaches, feeling depressed, short-term memory loss, mood swings, indigestion, bloating, abdominal pain, and pain in the liver. You should seek medical advice if you have persistent trouble with any of these symptoms, Particularly if you have injected drugs in the past.

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