How Hepatitis C Affects Overall Health

At ARCpoint Labs, we encourage you to take responsibility for your own health. After all, if you don’t who will? Many illnesses have only mild or hard to diagnose symptoms. So part of taking responsibility for your well being is learning about how common illnesses affect the body.

Today, let’s take a look a hepatitis C and the impact it has on your health.

How Does Hepatitis C Affect Your Body?

How Hepatitis C Affects Your Body

Symptoms Can Vary

Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. Many people who have this disease do not know they are infected. In fact, a large number of people find out they have the disease while donating blood or during a routine physical exam. This is because most people don’t experience symptoms when they are first infected with hepatitis C. If there are symptoms, they tend to be fairly common complaints like joint pain, fatigue, and itchy skin. ¬†Yellowing of the skin can occur, too, but many people dismiss this symptom.

Digestive Issues

Because hepatitis C affects the liver and the liver creates bile needed to break down fat, this virus can have a negative impact on the digestive system. This can cause abdominal pain, especially after consuming fatty foods. Other digestive issues can include dark yellow urine and pale or clay-like stools. Lack of appetite or vomiting can also occur with hepatitis C.

Issues With Filtering Blood

Since a major function of the liver is to remove toxic substances from the bloodstream, hepatitis C infection means that there is a higher level of toxicity within the blood. This could damage the central nervous system, leading to a variety of symptoms, including reduced motor skills, sleep problems, forgetfulness, or even, at worst, coma.

Long Term Effects

When the body is infected with hepatitis C for a long time, the chronic infection of the liver can cause scarring of the liver, or cirrhosis. If hepatitis C is left untreated, it can even lead to liver cancer or liver failure. This is a devastating end result for a disease that usually starts with mild to no symptoms.

Stand Up To Hepatitis C With ARCpoint Labs

Hepatitis C is a disease that starts with symptoms that are so mild that they might not be noticed, but in the long run it can have a massively negative impact on your overall health. That’s why getting regularly tested for hepatitis at ARCpoint Labs is one of the best ways for you to take control of your health.

To learn more about how ARCpoint Labs can serve as your partner in health, locate your nearest ARCpoint Labs today!

 

 

 

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