Hepatitis C

Hepatitis is caused by inflammation of the liver which results in redness and swelling opt the liver. Liver is a vital organ. Liver failure is dangerous and needs timely transplantation. Liver is very crucial for excreting the harmful waste of the body. If liver is affected, the whole body will be affected.

What are the Functions of the Liver?

The liver is involved in the following functions:

  • Removes toxins from the blood
  • Resists infection, helps in digestion
  • Store house of nutrients & energy

No person can liver without liver.

Causes of Hepatitis C

The hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus.

Anyone can be affected by hepatitis C. But some are at higher risk. They are:

  • Neonates with Hepatitis C mother
  • Living together with a Hepatitis C infected person
  • People who lived in Endemic area for Hepatitis C
  • People who a get exposed to blood and other body fluids at work
  • Patients undergoing hemodialysis
  • People having sex with a person who is infected hepatitis C virus in recent past
  • Drugs addicts using infected needles
  • Tattooing by an unsterilised needle previously used on an infected individual
  • Using affected person,s razor and brush

What are the General Misconceptions Regarding Hepatitis C ?

Normal Social contact doe not lead to Hepatitis c. On can not get hepatitis C by,

  • shaking hands with an infected invidual
  • hugging an infected individual
  • sitting next to an infected individual

Persisting hepatitis C is called Chronic hepatitis . Unfortunately it remains a symptomatic till liver damaged is witnessed. Children are more at a higher of getting chronic Hepatitis C. If not treated in time It leads to sever liver disorders such cirrhosis ( scarring of the liver), liver cancer; and liver failure.

How is Hepatitis C Diagnosed?

The doctor generally suggests liver Biopsy in the event of suspecting chronic hepatitis.

Generally Hepatitis C needs no treatment. Treatment is required only in case it turns chronic

Drugs for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C

Combination of peginterferon (taken weekly ) and ribavirin (monthly) is given for the patient. Treatment lasts for nearly two days.

Liver transplantation is done in case the liver is damaged irreversibly.

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