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What should you know about hepatitis C and your skin?

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Hepatitis C affects your liver the most, but it can cause problems with other body parts, too, including your skin. Bumps, rashes, and itchy spots may be the first signs you notice of this infection. Most people who’ve been infected with the hepatitis C virus go for a long time before they know they have it. That’s because there usually aren’t any symptoms for years. By the time you notice changes on your skin, that’s a sign the virus has already damaged your liver. If you notice any skin problems, see your doctor.

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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