Hepatitis C has two kinds, acute and chronic. Today, we will look at acute Hepatitis C and understand its basics.
Acute Hepatitis C is a type of Hepatitis C infection that lasts for only six months. People who are infected with it does not show any visible symptoms most of the time. According to health experts, if acute Hepatitis C symptoms do show up, they are typically non-specific and vague.
For example, around 20% of those that manifest noticeable symptoms develop jaundice, or the yellowing of the skin and eyes. Sometimes, they may also experience appetite loss, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, low-grade fever, and fatigue.
But, more frequently, no symptoms are experienced or seen, so a lot of those that have this disease do not know that they are infected.
Between 15% and 30% of acute Hepatitis C patients are able to get rid of the virus even without treatment. Their bodies' immune systems are healthy enough to destroy all the viral particles and infected cells.
The rest of acute Hepatitis c patients that fail to get better move on to develop chronic Hepatitis C, which may happen after six months since the start of infection. They are advised to undergo HCV RNA viral test to be able to diagnose the disease accurately and precisely.
Once chronic Hepatitis C kicks in, more serious problems may arise and it can endanger the liver and bring about severe complications if not treated right away.