Could your flu-like symptoms be a result of a Hepatitis C infection? In this episode, gastroenterologist and hepatologist Dr. Baradarian describes some of the common symptoms associated with this potentially dangerous disease.
The majority of people with chronic Hepatitis C do not even know that they have the disease. In fact, there are many people in their 60s and 70s that are today being diagnosed with Hepatitis C and have lived many, many years without knowing that they have the disease to begin with.
Typically you notice symptoms in nearly six weeks after exposure. It can happen anywhere from two weeks to six months later as well; so the time may vary. Some people report fatigue, jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin and the eyes, also nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, joint pains. The symptoms start because of the complications of the disease; whether it be related to the cirrhosis, which is the liver scaring, whether it be related to developing of ascites; which is fluid in the abdomen or development of liver cancer which has a whole host of other outcomes.
It's very important to see a physician because a simple blood test can detect a virus, can lead to treatment which can prevent very serious outcomes of the disease.