Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious medical condition that can cause serious damage to a person's liver. It has to be diagnosed at the earliest opportunity so that a treatment medication can be prescribed to manage the spread of the disease.
In the first part, two complications of chronic Hepatitis C, have been discussed: liver failure and liver cancer. Now, we look at one more common chronic Hepatitis C complication that arises if early diagnosis and treatment of the disease is neglected.
What is cirrhosis?
Cirrhosis is a liver disease that causes scarring of the liver. Someone who has been suffering from this for many years would develop scar tissues in their liver and result to misfunctioning of the organ or not being able to do its functions at all.
Those that have chronic Hepatitis C may have to wait between 20 and 30 years for cirrhosis to develop. However, in the early years, these symptoms may occur:
- abdominal pains
- weight loss
- severe itching
- yellowing of the skin and eyes, also known as jaundice
- fluid buildup in the abdomen
If the appropriate treatment medication is given to a patient, he or she can spare himself or herself from the severe complications and slow down the degradation caused by the virus. So, be vigilant and be ready to get Hepatitis C tested and treated.