Let us tell you that Hepatitis C, an inflammation of the liver, develops only after you have contracted the Hepatitis C virus.
Friends, this virus is blood-borne, and that means you can only transmit it through the blood that carries the virus.
Hepatitis C can be either acute or chronic:
Friends, you often have no symptoms in this acute hepatitis C. Moreover, any symptoms that you experience may appear within a week or two of exposure, and they may clear up on their own within a few weeks. On the other hand, symptoms of chronic hepatitis C can develop (and worsen) over a period of months. And either this year too. You may not notice any symptoms until they become severe, and at the same time they may not.
Let us tell you that it is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that only about 58 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis C.
Let us tell you that in the United States, it is one of the most common types of hepatitis, along with hepatitis A and B, that hepatitis C. Unlike hepatitis A and B, however, a vaccine does not yet exist to prevent hepatitis C.
So that tell you if the left untreated, hepatitis C and can be cause serious so that even life-threatening health complications, which include:
cirrhosis (liver lesion) liver failure liver cancer
So that’s most of the time is hepatitis C can be a cured and Testing as well as getting that’s treatment right away can help greatly reduce your chances of serious symptoms as well as liver damage.
For example, read on to get the details about the symptoms, complications and treatment of hepatitis C as well as some prevention tips.
What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
Friends, let us tell you that not everyone with hepatitis C virus experiences symptoms. And this is, in fact, only about 80 percent of people who do not show any symptoms of the disease, and even more so when they first contract the virus.
It should be noted that the symptoms that develop can vary, depending on whether you have an acute form of the condition and whether it is a very chronic form or not.
Acute hepatitis C
And let us tell you that this acute infection occurs only within 6 months of coming in contact with the virus. And with this, all those symptoms can appear between 2 to 12 weeks after coming in contact with the virus.
Symptoms you may experience include:
- you have a fever
- you are constantly tired
- your joint pain
- you have that nausea or stomach pain
- you lose appetite
- your deep pee
- and she gives you gray or yellow stools
- You have jaundice (when the white part of your eyes and your skin turns yellow)
Friends, let us tell you that these cases are often mild, lasting only a few weeks.
So that’s Some time it’s your body can be a fight off infection on it’s own so that’s because you may not get the medical treatment you need for acute hepatitis C.
Remember that when you do not have any symptoms, and at the same time, you may not even realize that you have an infection. And with that, I am but you can still transmit the virus to others, and friends, even if you do not have symptoms.
Chronic Hepatitis C
Friends, if your body does not clear the hepatitis C virus, and with it, then acute hepatitis C will become chronic. Only between 55 and 85 percent of people who contract hepatitis C will eventually develop chronic hepatitis C.
Be aware that the chronic form of hepatitis C does not go away on its own, and without treatment, it can only make your symptoms worse. And friends, these symptoms can have long-term health consequences. And at the same time they can cause permanent liver damage as well as liver cancer.
Symptoms of chronic hepatitis C include:
- like that constant tiredness to you
- and with it a general feeling of unwell
- aches and pains in your joints as well as your muscles
- unexplained weight loss
- and mood changes, including depression and feelings of anxiety
- you have trouble concentrating or remembering things
Friends, these symptoms can affect you most of the time, and either they can be cured for some time and at the same time they can get worse again.
It should be noted that with chronic hepatitis C, you can also see some symptoms of liver damage and liver disease, and those that include:
- such as indigestion, bloating, and abdominal pain
- And along with this it can lead to swelling in your legs and feet.
- itchy skin
- you have jaundice
- you have to pee deep
- you have difficulty sleeping
- confused you
- Tell that this trouble with memory and concentration
And at the same time, like acute hepatitis C, the chronic form of the condition does not always cause clearly recognizable symptoms.
Friends, if you see any of the above symptoms and with this, I think that you have come in contact with the virus, and that is why you would like to get tested as soon as possible.
How do you contract Hepatitis C?
Please tell that this virus spreads very quickly only through blood-to-blood contact.
In other words, it is only if someone with Hepatitis C comes into contact with your blood and only then can he transmit the virus to you.
And with that it could be like this:
- like that organ transplant
- and sharing this razor and either toothbrush and stuff like that
- needle sharing
- as well as childbirth (the person giving birth and the like can pass the virus to the baby)
- that you have sexual contact, if blood exchange occurs
- And it’s so non-sterile equipment as well as getting it then a tattoo and either piercing.
As this you can contract the virus again and friends if you have had it before.
Prior to 1992, blood transfusion was considered the only most likely way of transmitting the hepatitis C virus. And also because of medical advances in your blood tests, you have a much lower chance of contracting the virus from a transfusion today.
Be aware that you may be at a higher risk for transmission if you:
- Please tell that this year was done before 1992 blood transfusion
- Received an organ transplant before 1992
- already received clotting factor concentrate and other blood products before 1987
- and also that you have received long-term hemodialysis treatment
- And also I was born to a mother with hepatitis C
- He had a sexual partner with hepatitis C
- And also I have used non sterile needles
And so you won’t transmit hepatitis C by:
hugging you, as well as kissing or touching
you have to take care of your baby
sharing food as well as i drink
And your coughing and your sneezing.
Is Hepatitis C curable?
Friends, let us tell you that both acute as well as all chronic hepatitis C infections can often be completely cured very quickly. (Remember, though, that you can still contract the virus again if it does.)
Friends, this treatment, only one that includes antiviral drugs, can successfully treat hepatitis C 95 percent of the time. And also, when the tests cannot detect the virus in your blood for 12 weeks after treatment ends, and that’s only if your health care professional thinks you’re fine.
How is Hepatitis C treated?
Friends, let us tell you that not all people with hepatitis C will need treatment. And at the same time, your immune system may be able to fight the infection well enough to clear the virus from your body.
Friends, if your immune system does not remove the infection itself very well, and this is usually the only medicine you need to treat this condition, then it works very well.
That past hepatitis C treatment has required weekly injections with many negative side effects. And friends, these are the new antiviral drugs that are often successful in treating this virus.
Friends, let us tell you that they come in pill form and with this they cause few side effects, friends, although you will usually need to continue the treatment for about 12 to 24 weeks.
Friends, these are medicines for Hepatitis C In addition, many different drugs can treat hepatitis C. And in addition, my treatment often includes antivirals, with riboviria sometimes prescribed as well if previous treatments were ineffective.
In addition, drugs called direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) work to completely remove the hepatitis C virus from your body, while at the same time preventing liver damage. In itself she helps you.
Some brand names of these drugs include:
- and this zepatier
- and harmonic
- and this epclusa
- and vosevik
- and move with it
Let us tell you that researchers have identified 6 different genotypes of hepatitis C, and either or all of those strains.
Friends, that’s only once your doctor and other health care professionals know your genotype, and with that, they’ll have a better idea of which medicine is right for you. This will work best. And with that said, only a few strains have developed resistance to certain drugs, and friends, that’s why your genotype can greatly affect your treatment options.
How is Hepatitis C diagnosed?
Friends, let us tell you that these symptoms alone usually do not give enough information to the doctor to make this diagnosis of hepatitis C. And friends, she may also not have those symptoms along with it and may not show any symptoms of either condition.
Friends, this is why it is so important to see a doctor or other health care professional, and also to ask yourself about getting tested, whether you and your partner Have been a exposed the hepatitis C a virus.
For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a hepatitis C test only for people who have had these abnormal liver tests, as well as those who:
- like pregnant
- and she is HIV positive
- And also I am on hemodialysis
Note that this is only a few of the different tests a health care professional may order to help diagnose hepatitis C. And friends, they include:
- blood test: They may order a series of blood tests to check for the virus itself, starting with a hepatitis C test or antibody test. Also, this is a PCR test that can tell your health care professional what virus is currently active, and also that viral load test is the amount of virus in your blood itself. So can measure.
- Genotype test: so that’s test can be tell which Hepatitis C and genotype you have and this information will help your health care professional find an effective treatment approach.
- liver function test: And that guys, if the blood test results in chronic hepatitis C and either this or that then your health care professional thinks you may have liver damage, and then they will order a liver function test. . And tell that this test only checks your blood for signs of increased enzymes from your liver.
- liver biopsy: And tell that this procedure can also help you a lot in the investigation of liver damage. Note that a biopsy involves taking a small piece of tissue from your liver and testing it for cell abnormalities.
- Hepatitis C Antibody Test: Some foreign substances that enter your body only trigger your immune system to make antibodies. And it’s an antibody specifically programmed to target only the foreign substance it was designed to fight against.
Friends, if you have ever had hepatitis C infection, and that is, your body will make hepatitis C antibodies to you as part of its immune response.
Friends, tell that your body produces these antibodies only when you have hepatitis C or have already had it. It is only through testing for these specific antibodies that hepatitis C antibody test can confirm whether you have the virus or not.
Be aware that it may take 2 to 3 months after exposure to the test to detect antibodies. And friends, that’s if it’s necessary, and that’s only if your health care professional may order an HCV RNA test, which can only detect the virus after 1 or 2 weeks.
The HCV RNA test can show this if the antibody test is positive, and that the infection is ongoing and either not.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C in Men
So that’s while a people of any genders experiences similar and hepatitis C symptoms a research from the 2014 suggested that’s some of the effects of the virus may be different, depending on the gender to which it is transmitted. You were assigned at birth.
The researchers noted that:
- It should be noted that women are more likely to clear the virus without treatment.
- Also, liver disease can progress more quickly in men.
- Men are also more likely to develop cirrhosis
- As well as learn more about hepatitis C in men.
- as well as the potential complications of hepatitis C.
- And there is one main complication of acute hepatitis C: it can become chronic.
Note that if you continue to develop chronic hepatitis C, you may eventually experience a number of health complications, which include:
- Cirrhosis: With cirrhosis, the scar tissue gradually replaces the healthy tissue in your liver, blocking blood flow as well as impeding liver function. And this cirrhosis can eventually lead to liver failure.
- liver cancer: Also, having chronic hepatitis C increases the risk of eventually developing liver cancer. And that if you develop cirrhosis and your liver is very damaged either before treatment, and even after treatment you will be at higher risk of cancer.
- Liver (liver) failure: And with that your liver takes a long time to get damaged. And that liver failure, and either it’s end-stage liver disease, that happens slowly over months, often over years. Also, when your liver becomes unable to function properly, you will need a transplant.
so that’s if you’re think you have a contracted hepatitis C that virus good next step involves contacting a health care professional. And at the same time, getting treatment on time can reduce the risk of serious complications.
And the sooner you receive a diagnosis, the sooner your health care professional can begin a treatment plan.
Hepatitis C prevention
Additionally, experts have not yet developed an effective hepatitis C vaccine, and research is ongoing.
And currently, the best way to protect yourself from the hepatitis C virus is to avoid using anything that has come in contact with someone else’s blood.
You can do this by:
- And it’s not sharing razors, nail clippers or toothbrushes
- not sharing needles or syringes
- and getting tattoos and piercings either at this licensed facilities
- wearing gloves when cleaning someone else’s wound and either healing
- as well as using condoms and either other barrier methods during sex
- And keep in mind that hepatitis C is often not transmitted during sex, and that’s because it’s a blood-borne infection. And that said, barrier methods like condoms, as well as still can only help reduce your chances of contracting any type of sexually transmitted infection.
And if you think you may have hepatitis C, getting tested right away doesn’t help you get treatment. And at the same time it can also help you to take steps to avoid transmitting the virus.
Be aware that you can contract hepatitis C through blood-to-blood contact with someone who has the virus. And while your body can clear acute hepatitis C without treatment, hepatitis C often develops into a chronic condition.
And friends, if you are more likely to get Hepatitis C than the general population, then only regular Hepatitis C screening can help you get early diagnosis and treatment.
Also, if hepatitis C becomes chronic, then only you will need to get treatment as soon as possible. And that chronic hepatitis C can eventually lead to complications, and that if left untreated, such as severe liver damage and liver failure. And that however, with treatment, it may improve in both forms of the condition.