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:
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.
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.