Causes and Symptoms of Hepatitis C


Unfortunately, a lot of people with hepatitis C aren’t even aware that they’re infected with the disease. Because they are not experience any of the more severe symptoms, they don’t consider Hepatitis C could be the cause of their discomfort.  Some people with Hepatitis C live in remote areas, which reduces their ability to visit with doctors that could help them diagnose the problem.  MedEmbassy is an organization that is dedicated to see that all people have easy access to doctors and treatments for Hepatitis C.

It’s very important for us to familiarize ourselves with the causes and symptoms of hepatitis. Through this, we’ll be able to do the necessary measures to prevent the condition from getting worse.

Common Causes of Hepatitis C

– Injecting Drugs: This includes all types of IV drugs, but the transmission of Hepatitis C usually happens to those who use illegal recreational drugs as most of them aren’t aware of the dangers of sharing needles.

– Unprotected Sex: Hepatitis can also be transmitted during sex

– Sharing personal items: Sharing items, such as razors, scissors, and toothbrushes can also lead to infection, as these items could carry infected blood.

– Needle stick Injury: If your skin has been accidentally punctured by a needle that has been used by someone with hepatitis C, there’s a possibility that you can get the disease. Thus, it makes health workers and laboratory technicians at risk.

– Tattooing and Body Piercing: There’s always the risk that hepatitis may be transmitted through tattoo needles, as well as body piercing, especially if the tools used were not sterilized.

Usual Symptoms of Hepatitis C

There are some who don’t experience any symptoms or show signs of infection. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re free from the disease. Thus, it’s always advisable to have yourself screened and diagnosed if you’re suspecting that you have caught the virus.

Early Symptoms

Based on research, only one in every three people have these symptoms in the first 6 months of infection– this is known as acute hepatitis C.

– Loss of appetite
– Feeling of tiredness

– High temperature– usually 38C or above

– The feeling of being sick and exhausted

Aside from that, there are those who experience jaundice– or the condition where the eyes and skin turn yellow.

Later Symptoms

If left unresolved, people with hepatitis C would begin to experience these symptoms:

– Joint and muscle pains that keep on coming back
– The feeling of tiredness
– Feeling sick
– Problems with concentration. Those with hepatitis C are prone to experiencing brain fog, and it becomes difficult to them to complete mental tasks, even simple calculation.
– Depression or anxiety
– Mood swings
– Itchy skin
– Indigestion

Neglecting this problem would make the condition worse to the point that it would scar the liver, leading to cirrhosis. If you’re already experiencing vomiting, buildup of fluid in the legs, jaundice, and dark stools, it can be an indication that your condition keeps on getting worse.  Please be sure that you contact a local physician at your earliest convenience to see if Hepatitis C could be the cause of your problems.