It’s important to know that Hepatitis C is a condition where any changes manifest extremely slowly. Furthermore, most patients won’t experience any symptoms at all. In the moment when you get infected with this virus you’re dealing with acute hepatitis and can last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes even longer. In this phase it’s possible not to have any kind of symptoms so in many cases the patient isn’t even aware of the infection. If the symptoms appear, they manifest in a very mild manner.
Expected symptoms include fatigue, mild dizziness, stomach ache and loss of appetite. Statistically speaking, in 40% of cases the virus will disappear on its own, with the infection never really coming to its peak. If the virus doesn’t disappear after 6 months, the infection then transfers into chronic. 60% of cases of the acute hepatitis become chronic hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C causes acute symptoms in about 20% of cases, which are often weak and mild, reducing your energy, causing muscle pain and joint pain along with mild weight loss. Incubation period lasts about 6 weeks, where symptoms are shown only in about 25-30% of patients. They are very unspecific and can’t really be used for a reliable diagnosis about liver inflammation. In many cases patients who got infected with this virus do not feel sick while some others can feel as they have a mild flu which doesn’t require any special attention.
Due to unspecific hepatitis c symptoms in men the biggest number of infected is discovered at random, during systematic checkups, recruits, tests done for some other conditions and similar. Urine of some patients might become dark and skin might get a yellowish tone. Hepatitis symptoms can disappear after a couple of weeks, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the infection has also gone missing. Liver inflammation can be determined by taking a blood test, measuring the two characteristic liver enzymes, known as ALT and AST. An increase in amount of these two enzymes shows a specific phase of liver damage. Cases of the acute hepatitis C are rarely discovered.
Hepatitis C virus causes a chronic infection in about 50-70% of infected persons and about 40-80% of those cases can be treated by different methods. In rare cases it is possible to experience a spontaneous retreat of the virus with absolutely no treatment. People infected with chronic hepatitis C need to avoid alcohol and any medication that might damage the liver, and also need to take vaccination against hepatitis A and B. People with liver cirrhosis need to be checked with an ultrasound test in order to spot and determine if the patient is suffering from liver cancer.
Alternative therapies also show quite efficiency in treating hepatitis C. However, there are no legit proofs that either of the alternative methods improves the prognosis of hepatitis C patients and there are no facts yet made about the effect of alternative therapies on the virus itself.