Acute Hepatitis “C”

After the incubatory period of reproduction of a virus (one month) has come to the end, and it adapted in a human body, the disease starts showing itself. At the first stages before yellowness starts appearing hepatitis “C” is similar to flu having following symptoms:

• Body temperature rise;

• Headache;

• Pain in the body and joints;

• Occasionally emergence of rash.

The indisposition arises abruptly; symptoms are shown gradually; temperature slowly but steadily rises. Some days later the picture abruptly changes: appetite disappears in the patient; there is a pain in the right side under ribs; there is nausea and vomiting, urine and feces change their color. At examination doctors fix large liver and spleen mass, increased amount of bilirubin and antibodies to hepatitis virus in blood is found.

It is noticed that as soon as cutaneous covering get yellow color the patient’s state becomes much better. After some time approximately in 20% of patients all stages repeat in reverse order and they recover. Other 20% become carriers of hepatitis “C” virus. In this case symptoms of the disease may be completely absent but blood test will show that the virus stays in a human body in active form. Virus “C” carriers are usually found incidentally during examination.

Unfavorable outcome at hidden form of hepatitis “C” is possible but how frequent it occurs has not been found out. It is just known that even in case if liver lesion has not been revealed with laboratory research hepatitis “C” is able to continue its development.

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