What are the Signs & Symptoms of Hepatitis C?
Most people (about 70% – 80%) with an acute Hepatitis C infection do not experience any symptoms or show signs of the infection. If Hepatitis C symptoms do occur, they usually appear within two weeks to six months after being exposed to the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). If you do develop symptoms related to Hepatitis C, they’re generally mild and flu-like and may include:
- Feeling very tired
- Sore muscles
- Joint pain
- Nausea or poor appetite
- Stomach pain
- Itchy skin
- Dark urine
- A yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes, called jaundice.
Since most people with acute Hepatitis C go on to develop chronic Hepatitis C – meaning the virus has remained in your body for 6 months or longer – and still have no Hep C symptoms, it’s common to have the infection for 15 years or longer before being diagnosed.
This page has been reviewed September 2015.