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If i can remember well i started with itching so intense and whole body in mouth and ears n nose. Followed by flu like symptoms then severe peripheral neuropathy till now its One year now. Hiv 18 months negative. Syphilis negative but treated it per symptoms. Had rashes but urticaria was on neck only one part.
Had pale floating stool once and if i remember two days dark urine.
This all was 3weeks after suspected infection.
8th week my urinalysis was normal. No birillubin. Done by dip stick.  5th month my rbc was high with 0.03.
Now i feel pain in liver area. Itching starts after i bath till i sleep.
No jaudice, but i find my hands red most of times. ANA test negative. The stress that i had all that time is more than sickness.
1. Could this be hep c or B?  Risk was through unprotected sex. I am female n was during my period.
2. Does dark urine/pale stools  appear only a short time or its ussually present. I was so dehydrated then n i hardly ate. Only bread n tea coz of stress.
3. Can itching be the first sign then a week after i got flu symptoms?
4. Can cihorrosis (red hand n terrynails)  appear in one year?

I had like 6 pimples that looked angiomas. But healed leaving scars.
My eyes were painful n red. But now ok.
My 2011 gamma test had elevated gt at 80 n rbc with 3.
No vomit. No nausea.
The pain i feel is sharp like bruising inside belly skin. I rub it and it disapears. Only to return.
My worry is the itching n red palms which are occassion and terrylike nails.
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The CDC does not consider hep c to be a sexually transmitted illness especially for  long-term monogamous couples. For people with multiple sexual partners, engage in rough sexual practices or in the presence of HIV there is an increased risk of sexual transmission.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 80 percent of those with acute hepatitis C won’t experience symptoms.

In some cases, people will experience symptoms not long after being infected. These symptoms can be mild or severe and include:

feeling tired
poor appetite
If you develop hepatitis C symptoms soon after infection, you might also have these symptoms:

nausea or vomiting
stomach pain
joint or muscle pain
abnormalities in urine or bowel movements
yellowing of eyes or skin
Early symptoms usually occur around six or seven weeks after exposure to the hepatitis C virus.

Delayed symptoms

Some people may develop hepatitis C symptoms within two weeks of infection. Others might experience a longer delay before noticing symptoms.

It could take from 6 months to 10 years or more before someone with the virus becomes aware of any symptoms. This is because it can take years for the virus to lead to liver damage.

The symptoms you are asking about Terry’s nails and Palmar erythema can be symptoms of very advanced liver disease. Only about 20% of people infected for 20 years will develop advanced liver disease so I very much doubt you have either Terry’s nails or Palmar erythema.

If it has been more than 12 weeks since your concerning event have the test for hep c antibodies then you will know you were exposed to hep C. Next you would need to have a second blood test the HCV RNA by PCR test which looks for the hep c virus itself to determine if you are currently infected but this is only done if you test positive antibodies.

Strangers on the internet cannot diagnose you see your doctor for medical advice and diagnosis.
Thanks. I plan to do a test. The sexual contact was less than 1min. I started with groin swollen glands n itching. Currently itching comes occassionaly. My hands are sometimes hot read other times white.
The what looked angiomas maybe effect of sun after going to very hot place and only arms had them around six. They went away within 3days no treatment.
My itching is on soles, fingers, palms and face. Only daytime.

Its 13months now since the onset of these.

Those symptoms don’t agree with the common symptoms that are experienced by the minority of patients who do experience symptoms.

Hep c is called a silent illness as most infected have no idea anything is wrong because they have no symptoms.

While I would suggest you get tested for hep c antibodies if only for your peace of mind, I doubt you have hep c. You should discuss your symptoms with a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Itching that is experienced by those with hep c is not really due to hep c but rather serious liver damage and cirrhosis which hep c can cause. It takes decades of infection with hep c to cause liver damage.
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I want give you good advice stop eating everything has lot of sugar and salt then you’ll stop itching
Thank you. I am not fond of too much sugar. I have increased sugar use for the last two years.
I see you got hep b. Kindly help me on
1. Did you always have dark urine even before tests? Mine appeared two days only but i was so week and dehydrated.
2. Did it start with itchy body?
3. My nails keep changing colours. Normal to white and half half. Is is normal with hep b?
Itching comes and go for weeks and returns sometimes during cycle.
4. I had pale stools twice. It was after two weeks of starving and was so dehydrated. Is it normal to have normal stools with hep b?
My infection happened in either  start of march 2017 or april 7th 2017.
First symptoms 28 may 2017.
Can it be this fast?
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CDC Hepatitis B Questions and Answers for the Public

How is hepatitis B spread?

The hepatitis B virus is spread when blood, semen, or other body fluid infected with the hepatitis B virus enters the body of a person who is not infected. People can become infected with the virus from:

Birth (spread from an infected mother to her baby during birth)
Sex with an infected partner
Sharing needles, syringes, or drug preparation equipment
Sharing items such as toothbrushes, razors or medical equipment such as a glucose monitor with an infected person
Direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person
Exposure to blood from needlesticks or other sharp instruments of an infected person

Hepatitis B virus is not spread through food or water, sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, hand holding, coughing, or sneezing.

Who is at risk for hepatitis B?

Although anyone can get hepatitis B, some people are at greater risk:

Infants born to infected mothers
People who inject drugs or share needles, syringes, or other drug equipment
Sex partners of people with hepatitis B
Men who have sexual contact with men
People who live with a person who has hepatitis B
Health care and public safety workers exposed to blood on the job
Hemodialysis patients

If I think I have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus, what should I do?

If you are concerned that you might have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus, call your doctor or your health department. If someone who has been exposed to hepatitis B virus gets the hepatitis B vaccine and/or a shot called “HBIG” (hepatitis B immune globulin) within 24 hours, infection with the hepatitis B virus could be prevented.

Does acute Hepatitis B cause symptoms?

Sometimes. About 30%-50% of people age 5 years and older have symptoms from acute hepatitis B. Most children under 5 years old and people with serious health problems, such as being immunosuppressed, generally do not have symptoms.

What are the symptoms of acute hepatitis B?

Symptoms of acute hepatitis B, if they appear, can include:

Loss of appetite
Abdominal pain
Dark urine
Clay-colored bowel movements
Joint pain
Jaundice (yellow color in the skin or the eyes)
How soon after exposure to hepatitis B will symptoms appear?
If symptoms occur, they begin an average of 90 days (or 3 months) after exposure, but they can appear any time between 8 weeks and 5 months after exposure.

How long do acute hepatitis B symptoms last?

If symptoms occur, they usually last several weeks, but some people can be ill for as long as 6 months.
683231 tn?1467323017
If you get tested for Hepatitis B or C you will know if you are infected. You are wasting your time asking non medical people on the internet about your symptoms. Thee is zero way we can diagnose you the only way to know what is going on it too see your DOCTOR.

See your DOCTOR, get tested and if needed get treated.

Hep c is now about 98% or better odds of being cured today.

Stop guessing and wasting your time

You wasted most. Keep your rude comments and copy pasted infor to yourself.
Certainly agree with the OP , that spending time giving excellent and knowledgeable advice was a
“Waste of time”
To the OP
See your doctor and get tested.
Yes I guess I am wasting my time providing advice and correct information to someone who says they want it but refuses then to take the advice.
Keep up the good work though for the folks that DO appreciate the advice.
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