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Alcoholic hepatitis is hepatitis or inflammation of the liver due to excessive intake of alcohol. It is usually associated with fatty liver, an early stage of alcoholic liver disease, and may contribute to the progression of fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis.
Signs and symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis include jaundice, ascites, fatigue and hepatic encephalopathy, which is brain dysfunction due to liver failure.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage.
Acute hepatitis C usually goes undiagnosed because it rarely causes symptoms. When signs and symptoms are present, they may include jaundice, along with fatigue, nausea, fever and muscle aches. Acute symptoms appear one to three months after exposure to the virus and last two weeks to three months.
A well trained gastroenterologist should be able to tell the difference.