What is Hepatitis C and how it spreads?
It is the most common liver disease that results from infection with Hepatitis C virus. It’s transmitted when the blood of a person infected with Hepatitis C virus enters the bloodstream of a healthy person. This could take place via contaminated needles in clinics or hospitals, receiving contaminated blood products or through unprotected sex.
Newborns with HCV-positive mothers, people living with HIV and healthcare professionals handling contaminated instruments are more prone to get infected with Hepatitis C virus.
Do you know more than 250 million people around the world live with Hepatitis C virus but most of them do not know that they have been infected because of a simple reason that they do not feel unwell!
Consult your doctor if you are suffering from
- Poor appetite
- Joint pain
- Itchy skin
- Swelling in your lungs
- Abdominal pain
You could have Hepatitis C! According to WHO (World Health Organization), a third of the world population has been infected with Hepatitis C virus at one point in their lives and around 900,000 people die of Hepatitis every year.
What are its symptoms?
It’s possible that you may be infected with Hepatitis C virus for years and you may not even know it! Common symptoms of Hepatitis C include:
- Dark urine
- Appetite loss
- Jaundice(yellowing of skin and eyes)
- Abdominal pain
Can Hepatitis C be treated?
Early detection and proper medical care of Hepatitis C can help in full clearance of the virus. The viral infection in serious liver conditions like liver cancer and cirrhosis can be prevented by treating it with a combination of antiviral medicines. They are used for around a year so that you body can get rid of the virus.