Hepatitis C is a common infection that can be transmitted through blood. Once it infects a person, its symptoms manifest in one of every five of its victims. However, Hepatitis C symptoms do not show up immediately as they take time to appear. As a result, there have been many cases of Hepatitis C that have been left undiagnosed and untreated.
What causes Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is caused by a virus known as the Hepatitis C virus or HCV. According to statistics, more than 100 million people all over the world have been infected with HCV, and Egypt is reportedly the country with the highest rate of Hepatitis C infection in the world.
How is Hepatitis C transmitted?
There are many ways to transmit Hepatitis C from one person to another. The following are the most common modes of transmission of Hepatitis C:
- From a pregnant mother who has Hepatitis C to her child
- By sharing toothbrushes, scissors, razors, and other things with a Hepatitis C-infected person
- By receiving contaminated blood from a Hepatitis C-infected person
- By having sexual intercourse with a person infected with Hepatitis C
There have been a lot of myths about the modes of transmission of Hepatitis C. According to those, kissing, shaking hands, hugging, or using the utensils of a Hepatitis-C patient can infect with you Hepatitis C. But those are false.
What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?
Most symptoms of Hepatitis C do not manifest right away. It often takes some days. Here are some of the most common Hepatitis C symptoms:
- Abdominal pains
- Dark-colored urine
- Muscle aches
- Frequent headaches
- Appetite loss
- Yellowing of the eyes and/or skin (jaundice)
- Itchiness in various parts of the body
- Strange-colored bowel movements
What should you do if you have Hepatitis C?
First of all, you have to get tested for Hepatitis C to verify if what you have is really Hepatitis C. You can visit your doctor and ask to be tested for Hepatitis C. Alternatively, you can look for the nearest health center or hospital in your area that conducts Hepatitis C screening or testing and gets tested there.
If you test positive for Hepatitis C, you need to take medication for the treatment of your Hepatitis C.
What treatments are available for Hepatitis C?
Doctors usually prescribe two drugs to patients infected with Hepatitis C. They combine interferon and ribavirin to fight off the Hepatitis C virus in a person’s body. This medication usually relieves the inflammation of the patient’s liver and starts to heal the damage in the liver until all is completely healed.