How Does Hepatitis C Affect Your Liver?
In most cases, you won't have symptoms of hepatitis C until your liver becomes really damaged. That can take a long time -- years or even decades.
If you have the disease for many years and don't get treatment, you may get cirrhosis. This is a condition that inflames and scars the liver.
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Symptoms of Cirrhosis
In cirrhosis, scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue. If this continues unchecked, scarring blocks blood flow through the organ. That makes it hard for it to do its many jobs:
Remove harmful toxins from your blood
Digest food and process nutrients, hormones, and drugs
Make proteins to control blood clotting
When this happens, you may have symptoms such as:
Fatigue or weakness
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of appetite or weight loss
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