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Old 01-18-2006, 07:59 PM   #1
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Question Symptoms, how soon after exposure

If you were exposed to Hep C, how soon would someone show symptoms and what kind of symptoms would they be?

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Re: Symptoms, how soon after exposure

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If you were exposed to Hep C, how soon would someone show symptoms and what kind of symptoms would they be?

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Well, it takes about 20 or 30 years before symtoms appear, unless you are a heavy smoker, drinker of alcohol, or obese. In that case, symptoms appear much sooner, but not always.

There are no symptoms that can be tied to hepatitis C. Fatigue, for example can have many causes. So can flu like symptoms (like you might actually have the flu)

If you believe an exposure may have ocurred (and I recommend this to everyone, exposure or not) GET TESTED.

If you are negative, have a confirmatory test again in 6-12 months.

If you are HIV positive or have any othe rimmune related diseases, a PCR test if the best choice for you. Otherwise, an antibody test is sufficient.

Do not drink alcohol until you are sure you are negative. Alcohol has been shown to help an infection catch hold when exposure has occurred. About 20-50% of those exposed will not contract the disease.

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Re: Symptoms, how soon after exposure

Thanks for the info but I'm still wondering how long until I could get tested? Is is 1, 3, or 6 months?

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Re: Symptoms, how soon after exposure

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Thanks for the info but I'm still wondering how long until I could get tested? Is is 1, 3, or 6 months?

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depends on the test. For the best results I would recommend 3-6 months post known exposure or anytime for a routine screen.

For immediate results a PCR (Roche ultrasensitive TAQman) It is much more expensive, however. (Please don't ask me how much more, I don't know prices)


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Re: Symptoms, how soon after exposure

It varies from person to person. Some people never have symptoms, where as other's do get symptoms from the initial exposure. I do believe the incubation period is like one to two weeks. I began having symptoms of sweats and fevers about a week and a half after getting a tattoo that became infected just a couple days after getting it. My liver enzymes came back elevated from blood work and we immediately did a hepatits panel. I work for a medical clinic, and the lab felt that it was probably the correct incubation period for that to have been my initial exposure and how I contracted the hepatitic C infection. I would see a physician and request a hepatits panel as soon as possible.

 
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Old 01-23-2006, 02:46 PM   #6
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Re: Symptoms, how soon after exposure

Thanks for the replies. I'm going to the dr tomorrow and will have a test done. It's only been 5 weeks and I don't really have any symptoms. Kind of feel like my glands are swollen in my neck a bit and if I push on my stomach where liver is it is a little tender. I don't know if it just hurts because I've been prodding or what, doesn't hurt if I lay down and push on the area.

My exposure would also be from a tattoo. I've got several and have gone to the same guy whom I trust. They cover everything in plastic and everything is new and opened in front of me. They autoclave and have there equipment spore tested bi-weekly so I really wasn't worried until I heard that you could still get it. I've been tested before and was negative and I've never had a problem with a tattoo getting infected or healing badly.

Since it's only been 5 weeks do you think it would show up if I had been exposed?

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