Hepatitis C in infants is suspected if the child’s mother is Hepatitis C positive. There may be no visible symptoms, yet your doctor might want to run a few tests and your child will need a follow-up.
In adults, it is very common for sufferers of hepatitis C not to know that they have contracted the virus because they usually do not notice any symptoms of the disease, which is why it is often called a ‘silent infection’. It is usually only after the disease progresses and worsens that any symptoms are realized. However, it is possible in rare instances for you to experience some symptoms of acute HCV, including:
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Muscle or joint pain
- Jaundice: symptoms of which include yellow eyes and skin, and darker urine
- Pain in your abdomen, particularly in the vicinity of your liver on your right side below your lower ribs