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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis is caused by a virus named Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus infects the liver, which results in inflammation of the liver. The virus is highly dangerous for the human body, and once it has..

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Hepatitis is caused by a virus named Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus infects the liver, which results in inflammation of the liver. The virus is highly dangerous for the human body, and once it has entered, it becomes difficult for the immune system to discard it from the body, and as a result, the infection becomes chronic. The infection caused by HCV is the main root of terminal liver disease, and this liver disease requires a liver transplant. The terminal liver disease is also a major risk factor for liver cancer.

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Hepatitis C
Symptoms
symptoms

3/4 of the population suffering from hepatitis does not experience any signs and symptoms in the beginning. Over the time as the inflammation progresses, the persistent swelling may increase and some of the following symptoms may occur:

  • Loss of appetite and weight.
  • Aches in muscles.
  • Fever.
  • Yellowish tint in the eyes.
  • Severe weakness and fatigue.
  • Enlargement of breasts in men.
  • Rashes on the palms.
  • Difficulty in clotting of blood.
  • Blood vessels become spider-like.

 

 

Causes
causes

Blood is the main transportation mode for HCV and it can be transmitted in one of the following ways:

  • Using an already used needle while injecting drugs.
  • Using needles that are not sterilised.
  • Getting the organ from a person who is already infected with HCV.
  • Blood transfusion.
  • Sharing personal care items (razor, nail clippers, toothbrush, etc.) with a person infected with the virus.
  • Sexual intercourse with an infected person.

 

 

Risks
risks

The following conditions may increase the risk of disease:

  • Drug addiction.
  • Tattoos and piercings.
  • A blood transfusion or an organ transplant.
  • Treatment with hemodialysis.
  • Being born to a woman with HCV.

 

Prevention
prevention

To prevent the occurrence of Hepatitis C, these are certain things one should take care of:

  • Avoid sharing personal items such as razors and toothbrush.
  • Practice safe sex.
  • Adopt healthy lifestyle.
  • Avoid alcohol and consumption of drugs.
  • Avoid sharing needles while using intravenous drugs.

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