Hepatitis C is a viral disease that primarily causes inflammation in the liver; however, the effects of Hepatitis C can be felt throughout the entire human body.
Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that is passed from one to another through contact with the blood of an infected person. The infection leads to inflammation of the liver. The early symptoms of the infections can include fatigue, yellowing of the skin. The earlier symptoms may be mild and can be easily dismissed as being something else.
A chronic hepatitis C infection can cause cirrhosis or scarring of the liver. As the infection or disease progresses, skin problems, blood disorders, and the fever may reappear or become stronger than before.
In the longer term, the hepatitis C can also lead to severe damage of the liver, cancer of the liver and ultimately liver failure. The earlier treatment can also help with the delay or any serious damage to the liver.
Effects of Hepatitis C on Nails, Hair, and Skin
Hemoglobin can be found inside the red blood cells. Hemoglobin transports the oxygen and iron to the cells, throughout the entire body. Iron is a crucial part is sustaining cells that make up healthy hair, nails as well as skin. Bilirubin is another vital substance found in hemoglobin.
When the liver cannot perform the job, bilirubin can build up causing the white part of the skin to turn yellow. The yellowing of the skin is also commonly known as jaundice.
Effects of Hepatitis C on the central nervous system
A buildup of toxins in the brain can lead to poor concentration, confusion, forgetfulness, and some personality changes. The advanced symptoms can include agitation, abnormal shaking, slurred speech, and disorientation. In severe cases, it may also cause a coma.
Effects of Hepatitis C on the circulatory system
The liver filters out the toxins from the bloodstream. The liver also produces proteins that are needed for healthy blood and can help regulate the clotting of blood. An ill-functioning liver can create problems in blood flow and can increase the pressure in the vein that leads to the liver. This can also cause portal hypertension which causes force blood to find an alternative vein.
The vein may also burst if it is too small. Blood tests can reveal the presence of any hepatitis C antibodies found in the bloodstream. If there are antibodies that mean you have been exposed to the virus. In most of the cases, another blood test is needed to confirm the Hepatitis C diagnosis.
Effects of Hepatitis C on the digestive system
The hepatitis C infection can severely compromise the ability of the liver to produce bile. Inflammation of the gallbladder can make it extremely painful to digest fatty foods. Hence people with Hepatitis C can feel some pain in the abdomens upper right portion.
This may be partly due to a fluid buildup in the stomach. This occurs when the damaged liver cannot produce enough albumins, which is a substance that regulates the amount of fluid in the cells.