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Signs And Symptoms

At the time of exposure:

People may be totally unaware that they have been infected with HCV.

They may complain of:

  • Slight flu like symptoms aches and pains, tiredness
  • Jaundice (yellow tinge to skin and eyes),
  • Rash
  • On examination the doctor may be able to feel an enlarged liver.
  • In most cases it takes up to 6 to 7 weeks for the HCV to appear in the blood, but it may take as long as 26 weeks.

Chronic or long term infection

8 out of 10 people do not have any signs or symptoms of HCV. So people may be surprised when they are told that they have that the HCV.

The symptoms of HCV may be very vague and appear to be totally unrelated to the liver. It is now thought that HCV affects other organs beside the liver. The following signs and symptoms may be related to HCV.

  • Fibromyalgia (Fatigue, muscle aches and pains)
  • Skins disorders
  • Dry eye
  • Poor concentration
  • Some blood disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Diabetes
  • On examination the doctor may feel an enlarged liver.
  • Abnormal blood tests (See tests and investigations for further information)