What Are The Warning Signs Of Hep C In Women To Look For?

By on May 23, 2016

Hep C elaborately known as Hepatitis C is an infectious disease, which mainly affects the liver. This infection is caused by hepatitis C virus. Nearly 150 to 200 millions of people worldwide are affected to this disease.

This disease results into liver disease. And in some cases, it may even result into development of Cirrhosis, which is a dangerous liver disease that can result into liver failure, and liver cancer.

Usually, no or mild signs of Hep C in women and men are observed until the disease has become chronic or in later stages. Hep C generally spreads from blood transfusion, needle-stick injuries in healthcare when the needles are poorly sterilized, and mother to child during child birth.

Warning Signs Of Hep C In Women

90% of chronic hepatitis c infection can be cured by taking medications. However, there is no vaccine available for preventing Hep C. Hep C can be prevented only by taking proper measures while blood transfusion, using intravenous drugs, etc.

Warning Signs Of Hep C In Women

Some of the warning signs of hep c in women during various stages, which you need to look for, have been enumerated below:

Common Signs Of Hepatitis C In Women During Early Stages

Early stage of Hep C is known as Acute Hepatitis C, which lasts for a period of 6 months and it can be easily cured. However, this acute hepatitis c can result into Chronic Hepatitis C, which can last for life time.

Usually, no warning signs are observed during early stages in most of people affected with Hep C. But, in some people (about 30%) the following signs are observed during the early stages i.e. 1 to 3 months after getting infected to hep c:

  • Getting fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling tired
  • Being or feeling sick
  • Pain in muscle and joints
  • Pain in stomach
  • Jaundice i.e. skin and eyes becoming yellowish in color.
  • Dark colored urine.

Warning Signs Of Chronic Hepatitis C

As mentioned above, when the Hepatitis C infection lasts for more than 6 months, it results in Chronic Hepatitis C. Nearly 80% of people who got infected with acute hep c develop chronic hep c.

Luckily, this percentage is less in women when compared to men. Clear symptoms are observed during this stage of Hep C. Let us have a look at what are common warning signs of Hep C in women and men during later stage.

  • Continuous fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Cognitive problems like short term memory, concentration problem, and facing problem in solving complex mental tasks.
  • Pains in muscle and joints
  • Stomach ache
  • Experiencing mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
  • Itching of skin
  • Easy bleeding when got hurt
  • Easy appearance of bruises
  • Bloating
  • Weight loss

However, there are peculiar difference between warning signs of Hep C in women and men. But, when it comes to chronic hep C, women are lucky when compared to men as there are fewer chances for a woman for acute hep c to turn into chronic hep c when compared to men.

This means, in most of the cases hep c in women gets treated automatically without taking any treatment. This is mainly because of estrogen in women, which protects the liver from getting effected from any virus infections.

But, if the acute hepatitis c turns into chronic hepatitis c, it is best to get medical attention as soon as possible, as if not treated can result into harmful lever diseases. These warning signs will help in identifying the disease in early stage itself.

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