Most people do not have symptoms when they acquire the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and about one-fourth of those infected will have symptoms like
- loss of appetite,
- muscle pain.
Other symptoms can include
- joint pains,
- poor appetite,
- abdominal pain.
Those who develop a chronic condition have persistent inflammation of the liver that leads to liver damage that may include scarring (cirrhosis), causing symptoms like
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes),
- weight loss,
- problems with blood clotting,
- spider-like blood vessels seen on the skin,
- breast enlargement in men.
Other possible symptoms of chronic HCV disease are
- a rash on the palms,
- fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites),
- bleeding problems,
- even coma due to the buildup of toxic substances that impair brain function.