8 Early Symptoms: Could You Have Hepatitis C?
March 1, 2016
8 Common Early Symptoms
Most people with acute Hepatitis C will not have any noticeable symptoms. In 25 to 33 percent of those infected, symptoms do materialize but are mistaken for feeling ‘under the weather,’ or a mild cold or stomach bug. Early symptoms can emerge between two and seven weeks after exposure to the Hepatitis C virus.
The most common early symptoms include:
- Body temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Low appetite
- Abdominal pains
- General malaise
- Nausea or vomiting
- Joint or muscle pain
- Abnormalities in urine or bowel movements
In addition, some with acute Hepatitis C infection develop jaundice, yellowing of the eyes and skin. Jaundice is typically the most obvious indicator of a liver problem; however, it is only seen in about one quarter of those with acute Hepatitis C.
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