Drugs to control hepatitis C weaken the immune system and therefore, the barrier function of the skin. In addition, some patients tend to be more dehydrated, which causes the appearance of rashes and eruptions, as the report states Hepatology 2013 Millennium collecting the Catalan Association of Patients with Hepatitis on their website. “The intense itching is the most common symptom but can be associated with any disease, so the dermatologist should do a thorough study , ” explains TodoDermo Miguel Sanchez, director of the Institute of Integral Dermatology in Madrid.
These statements are not a clear indicator of liver disease, however experts advise to be alert if the source of the itch is unknown . “Faced with an itch without cause is advisable to hepatitis C serology blood -analytical to identify the virus hepatitis – especially in people with itches and high levels of transaminases , ” says Manuel Asin, dermatologist and member of the Academy Spanish of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV). Both dermatologists remember that jaundice – the yellowing of the skin by increasing bilirrubina- is the most recognizable sign. Asin indicates that these skin conditions are similar in other types of hepatitis .
OTHER DISEASES ASSOCIATED WITH HEPATITIS C
Although less frequent, other skin problems are and l palmar erythema and lichen planus . According to Sanchez, this rash “is located in hands and looks red.” However, rashes caused by lichen planus “are red and purple spots that appear anywhere on the body.” Furthermore, due to dilatation of the capillaries they are common clarifies spider veins on the face, neck and chest. ” I do not pose a health risk, are rather an aesthetic issue that is solved with laser , ” says Sanchez.
To prevent these skin diseases, the experts consulted by TodoDermo warn that the first step is to control hepatitis. “There are some symptoms that are inevitable, so you should keep always clean and hydrated and, if necessary, use a topical medication to relieve itching , ” adds Sanchez. As for photoprotection measures, Asin recommends “using sunscreen according to the skin type as the other patients.”