Liver Symptoms and Hepatitis C
In most cases, you won't have symptoms of hepatitis C until your liver becomes more damaged. That can take a long time -- years or even decades.
If you've been infected with hepatitis C for many years and don't get treatment, you may develop 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 your liver. It also makes it hard for the liver to:
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
When Cirrhosis Gets Worse
As cirrhosis worsens, you are more likely to have symptoms like these:
Yellow eyes and skin (jaundice)
Bleeding that takes longer to stop
Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin
Fluid buildup and swelling in your legs (edema)
Fluid buildup or bloating in your abdomen (ascites)
Other serious symptoms of cirrhosis include:
Vomiting blood or having black-tarry stools
Greater sensitivity to drugs
Problems fighting infection
A low white blood cell or platelet count
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes
Kidney and lung failure
Increased risk of liver cancer
A failing liver may also allow toxins to build up in the brain (hepatic encephalopathy). Symptoms of this buildup may include:
Changes in sleeping habits
Trembling and hand flapping