Symptoms of Hepatitis C
Most people with hepatitis C don't have any symptoms when they acquire
the hepatitis C virus infection, however, about 1/4th of those infected will have
- abdominal pain,
- joint pains,
- loss of appetite,
- nausea, and
What is hepatitis?
Hepatitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver.
"Hepatitis" is a general term that refers to any inflammation of the liver.
There are many illnesses and conditions that cause inflammation of the liver.
For the purpose of answering the question of whether or not hepatitis is
contagious, these illnesses will be broken into two categories; infectious and
Is hepatitis contagious?
Infectious causes of hepatitis usually are, but not always, contagious. For
example, hepatitis caused by viruses usually is contagious although many types
are transferred mainly from person to person by blood to blood transfer
(individual sharing needles, acupuncture, sexual contact, and organ
Some infectious parasites (such as Plasmodium spp, Schistosoma
spp) cause hepatitis in individuals, but are not contagious person to person.
Most noninfectious causes of hepatitis are not contagious. Hepatitis caused
by alcohol poisoning, medications, or toxins or poisons are not transmitted from
person to person.
So, the answer to the question "is hepatitis contagious?" depends upon the
type of hepatitis.
How will I know if I have hepatitis?
Symptoms of hepatitis vary somewhat depending on the type of hepatitis. Most
infectious hepatitis that is contagious may have slowly developing symptoms like
In general, the incubation period from time of initial
viral infection to development of symptoms ranges widely from about two weeks to
Symptoms of hepatitis that develop from noncontagious causes (such as
alcoholic hepatitis) may have very similar symptoms described above.
Noncontagious hepatitis also may cause increased abdominal size and fluid in
the abdomen. The time to develop symptoms may take months to years, but may
develop quickly (days) in some toxin-induced hepatitis. A health-care
professional can order
tests to help determine the underlying cause of a person's hepatitis symptoms.
Serious or severe symptoms of hepatitis (for all types) may include
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2015