Hepatitis C is also referred to as the inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C is a virus and it is also known as HCV. It attacks the liver and damages it to the extent that eventually the liver stops functioning resulting in death of an effected person. Hepatitis C is on widely spreading in the world and nearly 32,000 people die of it every year in United States alone. Hepatitis C is very difficult to diagnose because it has no symptoms in its earlier stage. One of the most common causes of contracting Hepatitis C is alcohol abuse, exposure to poisonous chemicals, medication or toxins. In this article we will further discuss about Hepatitis C and how this virus can be contracted.
The liver is a very essential organ in the body. It helps clean blood from toxins that enter our body through food. It also helps digest food and absorb key nutrients. It cleans the blood and provides vital nutrients to the blood.
Hepatitis C can be contracted through disposed syringes already used, contact with infected blood, having sex with someone having the virus and from mother to baby during delivery.
A simple blood test can reveal whether a person is infected with Hepatitis C virus. Without any medical test hepatitis C is very difficult to diagnose because it does not show any symptoms. A person can have Hepatitis C virus in his body for several years without any symptoms. The usual symptoms involving hepatitis C are jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes, dark color of urine and pale bowel movements. Hepatitis C is a contagious disease and can affect a person using utensils used by an infected person.
Hepatitis C virus has two forms and that are acute hepatitis C and chronic hepatitis C. Acute hepatitis C is highly curable and can get cured on its own in 25% people without treatment. Acute hepatitis C is treated with similar medication as that of chronic hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis is also curable.
People with hepatitis C must avoid intake of alcohol as it can further damage the liver. People with chronic Hepatitis C should be monitored by an experienced doctor very regularly. They should also consult the doctor before taking any pills or medication.