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Hepatitis C Disease

Causes, Symptoms, Transmission and Prevention of Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C Disease
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV = Hepatitis C virus). Hepatitis C virus entry into liver cells, using genetic machinery within the cell to duplicate the  Hepatitis  C virus and then infect many other cells.

15% of cases of Hepatitis C infection is acute, meaning that the body automatically clean and no consequences. Unfortunately 85% of cases, hepatitis C infection becomes chronic and slowly damages the liver  for years. In time, the liver can be damaged to cirrhosis (hardening of the liver), end-stage liver disease and liver cancer.

Causes of Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Many types of viral hepatitis C. In many cases, the virus enters the body, began life in liver cells, disrupt the normal activity of the cell, then use the genetic machinery within the cell to duplicate the Hepatitis C virus and then infect other healthy cells.

If you people with hepatitis C, is very important to eat healthy and avoid alcohol. Alcohol can worsen liver damage  you, whether you are in treatment or not.

One of the common symptoms of Hepatitis C is chronic fatigue. Fatigue can also be a side effect of treatment of Hepatitis C. Feeling tired due to Hepatitis C can be resolved with adequate rest and perform a routine exercise.

Hepatitis C virus is very clever to transform themselves quickly. Today there are at least six major types of hepatitis C virus (often called genotypes) and more than 50 subtipenya.

This is the reason why the body can not effectively fight the virus and research has not been able to make a vaccine against hepatitis C virus Genotype does not determine how severe and how fast progression of the disease Hepatitis C, but certain genotypes may not respond as good as the others in treatment.

Symptoms of Hepatitis C.

Often people suffering from Hepatitis C have no symptoms, although infection has occurred for many years.
  • Tired
  • Lost appetite
  • Frequent abdominal pain
  • Urine becomes dark color
  • Skin or eyes turn yellow

In some cases, Hepatitis C can cause an increase in certain enzymes  in the  liver, which can be detected on routine blood tests. However, some patients with chronic hepatitis C have levels of liver enzymes or a normal fluctuation.

Nevertheless, it is necessary to perform the test if you think you have the risk of contracting hepatitis C or if you ever deal with people or contaminated objects. The only way to identify this disease is by blood test.

Transmission of Hepatitis C.

Usually through direct contact with blood or its products and needles or other sharp instruments contaminated. In their daily activities much risk of infection by Hepatitis C such as cuts or nosebleeds, bleeding, or menstrual blood. Personal equipment exposed to contact by the patient can transmit the hepatitis C virus (such as toothbrushes, razors or manicure tools). Risk of Hepatitis C infection through sexual intercourse was higher in people who have more than one partner.

Transmission of Hepatitis C rarely occurs from hepatitis C-infected mother to a newborn or other family members. However, if the mother is also HIV positive, the risk of transmitting hepatitis C is very much possible. Breastfeeding does not transmit hepatitis C.

If you have Hepatitis C, you can not transmit hepatitis C to others through hugs, handshakes, sneezing, coughing, sharing eating utensils and drinking, casual contact, or other contacts  who are not exposed to blood. A person who is infected with  Hepatitis  C can transmit to others 2 weeks after being infected himself.

Prevention of Hepatitis C.

We can prevent the transmission of  Hepatitis  C. The most efficient way of spreading Hepatitis C is through injection of contaminated  blood, such as when using injection drugs. Needles and syringes must be sterile before use thereby stop the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users.

Although the risk of transmission through sexual intercourse small, you should run a safe sex life. Patients with Hepatitis C who have more than one partner or in connection with the crowd have to protect themselves (eg condoms) to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C.

Never share equipment such as needles, razors, toothbrushes, and nail clippers, which can be a potential spread of viral hepatitis C. When doing a  manicure, tattoo and body piercing, make sure the equipment used  sterile  and place of official business.

Thus, health experts strongly recommend  people with  hepatitis  C also did vaccination Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

Article Source: Pro Healthy Life

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