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How is necrolytic acral erythema linked to hepatitis C?

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This rare skin condition may be an early sign of a hepatitis C infection. It causes skin patches on the feet or hands that look like psoriasis. The cause isn’t clear, but zinc supplements seem to clear it up quickly.

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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