Hepatitis C is a disease that is caused by HCV virus, a virus that targets the liver and causes damage to it. Hepatitis C is the most dangerous strain of the disease. Untreated, Hepatitis C can lead to liver cancer and in some cases, even death.
About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C often does not exhibit any symptoms, and symptoms may not start showing until the damage to the liver starts interfering with its proper functioning. Therefore, it is very important to get tested for Hepatitis C since one often otherwise not know that one has the condition.
Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C:
- The patient starts developing a fever due to the infection
- They start feeling weak and lack energy. They feel lethargic and tired all the time.
- Abdominal pain accompanied with pain in the joints is another symptom.
- The skin and the eyes start turning yellow and discolored.
- The person starts feeling nauseous and vomits frequently. They also lose appetite and result in further weakening.
It is always important to get screened for Hepatitis when being susceptible to coming in contact of the virus. And staying away from sharing needles and unsafe sex is the best protection against exposure to the virus.
Treatment and cure for Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C does not have a vaccination like the other strains of Hepatitis, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Hepatitis C used to be treated with a mixture of drugs that would boost your body’s defense mechanism and immunity so that your body could fight the virus and have the virus removed from your body. This treatment was slow and not effective.
A recent discovery in 2011 led to the introduction of a new treatment using drugs that are more effective and have a quicker response. The main aim of the treatment is to rid the body of virus. The new combination of drugs has a more direct approach. The medicine attacks the virus by stopping it from multiplying. This 3 to 6 month treatment will ensure that the virus in the body has all but died out and the body is clear from the virus.
After the treatment, the person is tested after a gap of three months to ensure that the blood has no sign of the virus. This Sustained Virologic Response (SVR) is the technical term used to indicate that the Hepatitis C patient has been cured. The medication used for the cure of Hepatitis C is expensive at the moment. But this highly effective treatment is a beam of hope for people suffering from Hepatitis C.
Liver transplant can also help in cases where liver has been severely damage. Liver transplant is risky and can be complicated but is also a possible way to treat the disease.
Using used syringes and having unprotected sex is the most common way these diseases spread. Staying away from drugs and bad company is the best route to stay safe.
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