Hepatitis C, once it infects a person, can bring about a number of signs and symptoms that can be mild or severe. If you fail to get tested and treated at the earliest chance, the more serious complications will manifest and bring so much pain and damage. So, early testing is urged to get treatment as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C
About 80% of people suffering from acute Hepatitis C do not manifest any sign or symptoms. Those that do show signs have the following:
- Clay-colored stool
- Appetite loss
- Joint pain
These symptoms might appear after more than a month since initial exposure. They can stay there, visible, for as long as six months. If this is the case for you, there is no reason to delay Hepatitis C testing.
Chronic Hepatitis C
Those with chronic Hepatitis C show zero symptoms. The damage is focused on the liver and it might take a while for the complications to develop. Every year, about 15,000 people die from liver diseases that stem from the Hepatitis C infection, so be careful and vigilant.