Hepatitis C | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?

Many people don't feel sick or have symptoms of hepatitis C until they’ve had the virus for a long time. Some people have mild, flu-like symptoms anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months after they are first infected with the virus. These symptoms may include:

  • Mild fatigue
  • Achiness in your joints and muscles
  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Tenderness in the areas of your liver

As the disease progresses, hepatitis C can cause liver damage. In many cases, there are no symptoms until liver problems develop. If symptoms of liver problems do appear, they may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
  • Low-grade fever (fever up to 102°F)


Hepatitis C: Part II. Prevention Counseling and Medical Evaluation by LA Moyer, R.N., EE Mast, M.D., M.P.H., and MJ Alter, Ph.D. (American Family Physician January 15, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990115ap/349.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00