Are you walking in the storm of hepatitis C virus?
If so, here are few things you should know!
Well, Hepatitis C is the inflammation of the liver. It’s more of a disease that causes infection of the liver. From the mild illness to the serious, lifelong chronic ailments, the virus can be touted in two forms viz. acute meaning a new infection and chronic means lifetime ailment.
- Acute hepatitis C: If someone is exposed to the hepatitis C virus, there’s a chance of getting him/her infected by hepatitis C. While being acute hepatitis is a short-term illness, it can become chronic when left untreated.
- Chronic hepatitis C: It’s a lifelong infection, which if left untreated can lead to problems like liver damage, liver cancer, cirrhosis and even lead to death.
Although, it is a chronic disease, there are many drugs that have proven to cure over 95% of patients that are infected with this. As per stats, there are over 71 million people around the world who are suffering from chronic hepatitis C.
How Hepatitis C Virus Is Transmitted:
Since hepatitis is a bloodborne virus, which means it is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact with the infected person, it can also spread through:
- The transfusion of unscreened blood or blood products like needles or anything
- The reuse or inadequate sterilization of medical equipment
- From organ transplants
- Childbirth (from a mother with hepatitis c to her baby)
- Sexual contact if the blood is exchanged
Symptoms And Signs Of Hepatitis C:
The nurturing period of hepatitis c is around 2 weeks to 6 months. Initially started as an infection, 80% of people don’t exhibit any symptoms. However, some might exhibit:
- Poor appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Yellowing of eyes or skin
- Abnormalities in urine or bowel movements
Now that you know some bits and pieces of hepatitis, consult your doctor and perform blood tests to ensure whether or not you are suffering.