What Are Some Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Symptoms of hepatitis C include joint pain, belly pain, dark urine and jaundice, a condition in which the whites of the eyes and skin look yellow, according to WebMD. Up to 80 percent of individuals with acute hepatitis C show no symptoms, and about 15 to 25 percent of people whose bodies have hepatitis C virus develop acute infections, says Everyday Health.

Hepatitis C is a condition in which the hepatitis C virus infects the liver, and this infection usually becomes chronic, states MedicineNet. Some people with chronic hepatitis C discover they have this condition during blood screening or examinations for other medical conditions not related to hepatitis C. End-stage hepatitis C is the next stage after chronic hepatitis C, and symptoms include severe itching of the skin, enlargement of the veins, weakening of the body and abdominal swelling.

This condition can spread from an infected mother to the child or through sharing injection needles. Chronic hepatitis C can cause liver cancer, liver failure, liver damage or even death, notes Everyday Health. Liver damage or cirrhosis causes shrinking of the muscles, damage to the brain and expansion of blood vessels, causing redness on the palms of the hands. Prevention measures include practicing safe sex and using clean and sterile needles when getting tattoos or piercings.