Hepatitis is said to be a serious disease. Out of all the types of hepatitis, hepatitis symptoms are usually not present in people with Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a disease characterized by liver inflammation which often results to a damaged liver.
If a person gets in a “blood to blood” contact with a Hepatitis C patient, hepatitis symptoms more often than not occurs in the said person. Hepatitis symptoms in some forms of Hepatitis C may not be that serious but a lot may eventually lead to the so called chronic hepatitis, a life threatening illness.
Patients who contract the Hepatitis C virus would be in the acute Hepatitis phase for about six months. In the said phase, no hepatitis symptoms may be present as the virus is said to be “dormant.” Although a few patients would complain of hepatitis symptoms such as abdominal pain, appetite loss, jaundice, etc.
If the patients’ bodies are able to get rid of the Hepatitis C virus during the acute hepatitis stage, then the patients have nothing to worry about and may be considered as cured. However, those patients with the virus still present after the acute hepatitis stage may progress to chronic Hepatitis C.
Chronic Hepatitis C is said to be deceptive because usually it doesn’t display any hepatitis symptoms, thus making it hard to discover until its very serious stages. Jaundice, one of the hepatitis symptoms, even disappears after the acute phase, which makes patients think that they are cured. That is why it is best to have the doctor do routine tests to really determine whether the Hepatitis C is cured or not.
The only time hepatitis symptoms appear would be when the liver has been greatly damaged. The usual hepatitis symptoms experienced by the patients are the following:
- Joint Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Appetite Loss
- Dizzy Spells
Take note that hepatitis symptoms differ from one person to another so a consultation with the physician is very much necessary to determine if you really have hepatitis or some other type of illness.
Hepatitis C is dangerous as it will really destroy the liver even if no hepatitis symptoms are experienced by the patients. Leaving Hepatitis C untreated may lead to having a liver transplant. If you feel that you are experiencing the hepatitis symptoms mentioned, consult the doctor immediately just to be sure.