How Hepatitis C Affects Your Liver

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Last Updated: Sep 7, 2016

The liver helps cleanse your body and prevent infection. Hepatitis C is one of the major diseases that affect your liver.

Hepatitis C can be categorized into two types, acute and chronic.

Acute hepatitis C usually lasts up to six months before it is completely eradicated by the immune system.

Chronic hepatitis, on the other hand, lasts for a very long time. 75 to 85 percent of acute hepatitis C turns into chronic if does not go away.

Here are the major symptoms of hepatitis C:

  • Yellowish eyes and skin
  • Dark-yellow urine
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Light-colored stools
  • Itchy Skin

Hepatitis C is a silent disease, but it can be fatal. It can lead to Cirrhosis, Liver failure, and liver cancer.

25 percent of people with chronic hepatitis C get cirrhosis, which is a disease where damaged liver cells are replaced by scar tissue. This hinders the liver to digest blood and food.

Liver failure is when the liver no longer functions. This condition requires liver transplant.

To avoid liver complications after being diagnosed with hepatitis C, you should take good care of your liver. You simply have to follow a healthy diet and avoid alcohol.

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