Hep C Is Much More Widespread Than You Think

The liver plays a significant role in removing waste from your body and allowing you to absorb nutrients from the food you eat. If your liver is compromised, grave consequences may result. A common reason for serious deterioration of the liver is Hepatitis C.

What is Hepatitis C you may want to know? Hepatitis C that stems from a viral infection.

What Causes Hepatitis C?

- Sharing needles while injecting illegal substances
- The use of dirty equipment when applying tattoos or body piercing
- Infection from infectious blood or equipment. This is common for medical professionals
- Blood transfusions received prior to
- Sex with multiple companions without using condoms
- Prior sexually transmitted diseases
- Individuals that have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS

Please note that the spread of Hepatitis C is not easy. Casual people contact, kissing, a sneeze or coughing, eating with someone's fork or breastfeeding do not spread the infection.

Warning Signs of Hep C

Most individuals which are carrying Hepatitis C do not show any signs or symptoms. Indeed HCV may be found decades after you have first been infected with the disease. But, many that do develop symptoms from Hepatitis C often think they are coming down with the flu. These symptoms can include:

Extreme tiredness
Muscle soreness
Painful joints
Elevated temperature
Poor appetite or nausea
Pain in the stomach
Skin irritation and itching
Urine that is dark in color
Yellow skin or eyes

Dealing With A HEP C Diagnosis

When you have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, it is beneficial not to panic. A variety of treatment choices are available to fight the virus and even to get rid of it permanently. Be sure to talk about treatment options with your doctor including 2 newer Hepatitis C drug treatments that have come on the scene in the last several years.

Hepatitis Symptoms

Sometimes, Hepatitis C may turn into a prolonged disease that goes away by itself and then recurs over and over. Hepatitis C may result in other more serious conditions including liver cirrhosis.