What is hepatitis C?
Hepatitis is an inflammation of your liver and can be very serious. However, in the early stages of the disease, most people don’t perceive any symptoms, so it can be hard to tell if you have it.
Hepatitis is most commonly caused by hepatitis viruses—hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. It can also be caused by:
- autoimmune processes
The hepatitis C virus is considered the most serious of the hepatitis viruses.
What are the different types of hepatitis C?
There are two courses of hepatitis C: acute hepatitis C and chronic hepatitis C. How long you experience symptoms will depend on the type you have.
With acute hepatitis C, the symptoms are more short term, lasting six months or less.
However, acute hepatitis can lead to chronic hepatitis. It’s possible to have chronic hepatitis your entire life because it’s difficult for your body to get rid of the virus.
Researchers aren’t sure why some people develop the chronic form of the disease.
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