Can Hep C lay dormant for years?
Newsweek’s Sarah Kliff looked into hepatitis C, a virus which can be dormant for decades then emerge to cause liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. It affects between 2.7 million and 3.9 million Americans, two-thirds of them baby boomers.
How long can you live with untreated hep C?
How long can you live with untreated hep C? The disease affects everyone differently, so there’s no rule. But about 70% to 80% of people with will get chronic help C. Within 20 years, about 20% to 30% of those people will get cirrhosis.
How long does Hep C take to damage liver?
On average it takes about twenty years for significant liver scarring to develop. The symptoms experienced and the damage done to the liver vary dramatically from person to person. Some people will have few, if any, symptoms for many years.
Do you have hep C for life?
Chronic hepatitis C is long term and can lead to permanent cirrhosis or liver cancer. Chronic hepatitis C usually has no symptoms.
Can Hep C go away on its own?
Like the human papillomavirus (HPV), early acute hepatitis C can clear on its own without treatment; this happens about 25 percent of the time. However, it’s more likely that the virus will remain in your body longer than six months, at which point it’s considered to be chronic hepatitis C infection.
How long can hep C stay dormant?
Millions of people who are infected do not. Although she has been carrying the virus in her blood for 40 years, she is only now beginning to notice symptoms, including headache, fatigue, and joint pain. That delay between infection and onset is typical of hepatitis C, which can lie dormant in the body for decades.
Can Hep C be cured completely?
The Hepatitis C virus is considered “cured” if the virus is not detected in your blood when measured with a blood test 3 months after treatment is completed. This is called a sustained virologic response (SVR) and data suggest that you will stay virus free indefinitely.
What are the symptoms of end stage hep C?
Symptoms of end-stage liver disease may include:
- Easy bleeding or bruising.
- Persistent or recurring yellowing of your skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Intense itching.
- Abdominal pain.
- Loss of appetite.
- Swelling due to fluid buildup in your abdomen and legs.
- Problems with concentration and memory.
What are the stages of Hep C?
stage 1: mild fibrosis without walls of scarring. stage 2: mild to moderate fibrosis with walls of scarring. stage 3: bridging fibrosis or scarring that has spread to different parts of the liver but no cirrhosis. stage 4: severe scarring, or cirrhosis.
Can you tell how long you’ve had hep C?
We don’t have a test that can tell how long a person has been infected with hepatitis C. Do I have liver damage? Hepatitis C can cause damage to the liver. This happens slowly, over 20 to 40 years.
What happens if Hep C is left untreated?
Chronic hepatitis C can be a lifelong infection if left untreated. Chronic hepatitis C can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer, and even death.
When should you go to hospital with hep C?
Go to the ER, or call 911 and tell them you have cirrhosis if you have these symptoms: Vomiting blood. Black, tarry stools. Confused and sleepy.
How do you feel when you have hep C?
When signs and symptoms are present, they may include jaundice, along with fatigue, nausea, fever and muscle aches. Acute symptoms appear one to three months after exposure to the virus and last two weeks to three months. Acute hepatitis C infection doesn’t always become chronic.
What foods should you avoid if you have hep C?
- Raw oysters or shellfish. They can have bacteria that give you serious infections that are more severe if you have hep C.
- Fatty, sugary foods. They can stress your liver or lead to fat deposits in it.
- Salty foods. Avoid these if you have fluid buildup in your belly or legs.
Does Hep C affect teeth?
As well as an increased risk of mouth cancer, HCV infection is also closely linked with other oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease due to a reduction in saliva production3.