Hepatitis C is a viral infection. This virus attacks the liver causing “inflammation.” Inflammation in the liver is called hepatitis. When most people first get infected they have no symptoms at all. Other people might feel tired, lose their appetite, and their skin and eyes might turn yellow.
In some people, the immune system can fight and clear the hepatitis C virus. These people recover completely. In other people the virus cannot be cleared. In this case the virus continues to irritate the liver. This is called chronic hepatitis. Chronic hepatitis can lead to scarring of the liver. Scarring of the liver is called cirrhosis. In rare cases, hepatitis C can even lead to liver cancer.
Many people with hepatitis C have no symptoms until the liver becomes scarred (cirrhosis). Once this happens it cannot be reversed. That’s why it is very important to detect and treat hepatitis C.
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