The swelling and damage caused by the disease, called hepatitis C, can be caused by the viral infection. The blood of a person with the disease is often passed on through the use of unsterilized injection devices or shared needles.

Your immune system will fight the virus until it is defeated.

A short-term hepatitis C infection may not have long-term effects on your immune system. If you have a long-term hepatitis C infection, your immune system can become activated for too long.

An immune system that is too active can lead to an inflammation of the joints, like rheumatoid arthritis.

You can help prevent long-term problems with your immune system by learning more about the effects of hepatitis C.

Your immune system will be able to fight off an acute hepatitis C infection. Your immune system is unlikely to experience any lasting effects when this happens.

“If your immune system doesn’t clear the acute hepatitis C infection, it becomes chronic. Your immune system will be affected by a chronic hepatitis C infection.”

During chronic hepatitis C, the virus is constantly replicating itself in your body and changing slightly with each replication to help itself resist your immune system. This activates your immune system for an extended period of time.

The immune system can be disrupted by constant, long-term immune system activation. It can cause inflammation in your liver which can cause irreversible damage.

Over time, the immune system can be damaged by the disease, and it can cause conditions that are related to how the system works. Extrahepatic manifestations of hepatitis C happen in other places than the liver. They can include:

  • Arthralgia: Arthralgia is a condition that causes Joint pain. and stiffness. Unlike arthritis, people with arthralgia don’t have any swelling or inflammation.
  • Nonspecific rheumatoid diseases: These are autoimmune conditions, such as vasculitis, that can happen when your immune system attacks the tissues surrounding your joints. It causes painful and stiff joints, fatigue, and There is a high degree of fever..
  • Cryoglobulinemia: This condition is a type of vasculitis that happens when proteins in your blood called cryoglobulins stick together in chunks when your body temperature falls below the normal range. Over time, this can restrict your blood flow.
  • Lichen planus: This is a skin condition that can result in a rash of itchy light or dark lesions across the body, including inside the mouth.
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease: This can happen when your thyroid gland becomes inflamed (thyroiditis) or doesn’t produce hormones properly.
  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia: This happens when your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells to keep up with those that die naturally or are destroyed by your immune system.

Chronic hepatitis C can be treated early.

  • You should prevent damage to your body.
  • The immune system should be reduced.
  • You should lower your risk of developing conditions in the body.

Damage from chronic hepatitis can be permanent and difficult to manage. You might need additional treatment to address the symptoms of chronic hepatitis C.

Other conditions are linked with the disease.

  • Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis happens when scar tissue replaces the healthy tissue in your liver. Over time, this blocks blood flow and makes it hard for your liver to function.
  • Liver cancer: Liver cancer is cancer that grows in your liver. Hepatitis C raises your risk for liver cancer.
  • Liver failure: Liver failure is also called end stage liver disease. It happens when the liver becomes too damaged to function normally. The only long-term treatment for liver failure is a liver transplant.

Hepatitis viral infections can be either acute or chronic:

  • Acute: These are short-term infections that last 6 months or less and don’t typically have any long-term effects on your immune system.
  • Chronic: This happens when your immune system can’t effectively mount an effective defense against the hepatitis C virus. Chronic hepatitis C can be serious and even life threatening.

Hepatitis C doesn’t always cause symptoms. The World Health Organization reports that about 80% of people who have acute hepatitis C infections never experience symptoms. And when symptoms do occur, they vary depending on whether the viral infection is acute or chronic.

Acute hepatitis C symptoms can last for up to 12 days after contact with the virus.

There are more subtle chronic hepatitis C symptoms.

  • fatigue
  • sleep problems
  • There is an eating disorder called Anorexia.
  • arthralgia (Joint pain.)
  • There is no obvious cause for the weight loss.
  • feeling weak
  • feeling depressed
  • feeling anxious

You can experience the effects of chronic hepatitis C.

  • itchy skin
  • There is a problem of There is a problem of jaundice..
  • “It’s difficult to sleep.”
  • The stomach is bloated.
  • There is confusion.
  • swelling in your hands and feet

Seek treatment right away

There are serious consequences and can be fatal if an undetected hepatitis C infection is not treated. In 8 to 12 weeks, the disease can be resolved with treatment.

If you have any symptoms of the hepatitis C virus, you should see a medical professional right away.

Since 2013, Hepatitis C has been treated with antiviral medications. These medications can successfully cure hepatitis C in most people in about 8 to 12 weeks. A doctor will closely monitor you during the treatment period to document when you’ve been cleared of the infection.

The treatments for chronic infections of the hepatitis C family work, but they only work on chronic infections. Other treatments can be used for side effects of the hepatitis C drug.

Additional treatments can address symptoms like pain and nausea.

Although there are vaccines for other types of hepatitis, there’s currently no vaccine for hepatitis C.

There are still ways to reduce your risk of the disease.

  • Don’t share personal care items, such as razors or nail clippers, that could have someone else’s blood on them.
  • Don’t share or reuse needles for any type of injection.
  • Ensure that sterile needles are used at any tattoo or body piercing shop you visit.
  • Always wear gloves when you need to touch blood that isn’t yours.
  • Practice safer sex by always using condoms or other barrier methods and getting tested regularly for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Get tested for hepatitis C if you know or suspect you’ve been exposed.

The immune system of people with chronic hepatitis C can become over-developed.

“In most cases, the cure for the disease is in 8 to 12 weeks. When hepatitis C is not treated, it can lead to long-term damage to the body’s organs.”

If you have symptoms that could be related to the disease, you should get tested for it.