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How is jaundice linked to hepatitis C?

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If you have jaundice, you may notice that your skin and the whites of your eyes look yellowish. This happens when your liver doesn’t work well enough to break down a chemical called bilirubin. If too much of it builds up in your blood, your skin can turn yellow. Jaundice can show up soon after you’re infected with hepatitis C. It can also appear after years of the infection and bad liver scarring called cirrhosis. See your doctor if you think you have it. To treat the condition, you’ll need to treat the hep C infection and liver damage that’s causing it.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public.”

American Liver Foundation: "HEPC C 123," “Frequently Asked Questions,” Advances in Medications to Treat Hepatitis C.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Skin can show first signs of some internal diseases,” “Lichen Planus.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hepatitis C."

The Hepatitis C Support Project: “An Overview of Extrahepatic Manifestations of Hepatitis C,” “Pruritus (Itching),” Raynaud’s Phenomenon.”

US National Library of Medicine: “Jaundice.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Adult Jaundice (Hyperbilirubinemia).”

The Vasculitis Foundation: “Cryoglobulinemia.”

Raynaud’s Association: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Vascular Health Risk Management : “Advances in the Treatment of Raynaud’s Phenomenon.”

American Porphyria Foundation: “PCT.”

Hepatology International : “Hepatitis C Virus as a Systemic Disease: Reaching Beyond the Liver.”

The New England Journal of Medicine : “Necrolytic Acral Erythema.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 2, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public.”

American Liver Foundation: "HEPC C 123," “Frequently Asked Questions,” Advances in Medications to Treat Hepatitis C.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Skin can show first signs of some internal diseases,” “Lichen Planus.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hepatitis C."

The Hepatitis C Support Project: “An Overview of Extrahepatic Manifestations of Hepatitis C,” “Pruritus (Itching),” Raynaud’s Phenomenon.”

US National Library of Medicine: “Jaundice.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Adult Jaundice (Hyperbilirubinemia).”

The Vasculitis Foundation: “Cryoglobulinemia.”

Raynaud’s Association: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Vascular Health Risk Management : “Advances in the Treatment of Raynaud’s Phenomenon.”

American Porphyria Foundation: “PCT.”

Hepatology International : “Hepatitis C Virus as a Systemic Disease: Reaching Beyond the Liver.”

The New England Journal of Medicine : “Necrolytic Acral Erythema.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 2, 2019

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