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Hepatitis C: This Virus Is More Dangerous Than Hepatitis B!

Dr. Sanjay Jain 84% (30 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine, Member of The Royal College of Physicians, UK (MRCP UK)
Gastroenterologist, Delhi
Hepatitis C: This Virus Is More Dangerous Than Hepatitis B!

Hepatitis C is a Viral Infection That is Little Talked About, But Can Be As Dangerous As Hepatitis B

Most people have head or what became in the 1980s and '90s the dreaded AIDS virus. With time and the availability of medicines, it ceased to be a killer. However, the knowledge of it helped stem its spread. Most people, unfortunately, don't realize that hepatitis C is also a killer, simply because not much has been said about it. In fact, it is also a virus, but is 10 times more infectious than HIV.

Hepatitis C is transmitted through the blood, and is usually passed on to women through infected needles and sex. At-home glucometers are often shared, or sometimes a woman's own lifestyle or her partner's lifestyle before marriage may put her at risk, because the virus can stay in the blood for years. It is also transmitted through blood products, like in the case of a transfusion, though in the case of pregnant women, this is not so common.

The dangers
The virus affects 1 in every 100 people in India, while globally 180 million are infected with it. Sometimes, it may just pass through the body, like many other viruses do, but sometimes, it can remain. If detected quickly, within six months or so, cure rates are high. the problem is that it is often not easy to detect, as symptoms resemble those of a regular seasonal viral infection: fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite. If it remains in the body, becoming chronic, then it may progress to liver disease. But the hepatitis C virus (HCV) doesn't have to be a killer. You can conquer it with these moves. 

What you should do before
A number of couples who come to me have planned pregnancies-they opt for a baby, rather than the baby just 'happening' to them. This not only helps family planning, but it also helps us rule out infections or treat them if present. Usually, in the first trimester, your gynecologist will ask you to do a simple blood test for HIV, hepatitis B and C. In the case of a planned pregnancy, visit your doctor beforehand and ask if you need to take these tests before you conceive. However, there is no vaccine for HCV yet.

What you should do after
If a woman find out in the first trimester that she is hepatitis C positive, there's nothing much that can be done, as anti-viral medications cause birth defects, so a mother can only be put on them after delivery. She is advised to continue the pregnancy. A baby's chance of acquiring the infection in utero is between 5 and 7%. While this is not high, parents may like to avoid the risk. However, co-infection with HIV (if the mother is HIV positive) pushes the risk up to 19.4%. The pregnancy itself will not be hampered by the HCV infection. Nor does the risk of transmission to the child have anything to do with the mode of delivery-either vaginal or C-section. In India, there is little data on HCV transmission from mother to child. However, once the baby is born, the pediatrician may not do an immediate test to check for the virus, as it generally clears out from the baby's system in a year or so. Testing may only be done at 18 months.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hepatitis C: Can Be as Dangerous as Hepatitis B

Panchkula & Delhi
Mother and Child Care, Panchkula
Hepatitis C: Can Be as Dangerous as Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C is a Viral Infection That is Little Talked About, But Can Be As Dangerous As Hepatitis B

Most people have head or what became in the 1980s and '90s the dreaded AIDS virus. With time and the availability of medicines, it ceased to be a killer. However, the knowledge of it helped stem its spread. Most people, unfortunately, don't realize that hepatitis C is also a killer, simply because not much has been said about it. In fact, it is also a virus, but is 10 times more infectious than HIV.

Hepatitis C is transmitted through the blood, and is usually passed on to women through infected needles and sex. At-home glucometers are often shared, or sometimes a woman's own lifestyle or her partner's lifestyle before marriage may put her at risk, because the virus can stay in the blood for years. It is also transmitted through blood products, like in the case of a transfusion, though in the case of pregnant women, this is not so common.

The dangers
The virus affects 1 in every 100 people in India, while globally 180 million are infected with it. Sometimes, it may just pass through the body, like many other viruses do, but sometimes, it can remain. If detected quickly, within six months or so, cure rates are high. the problem is that it is often not easy to detect, as symptoms resemble those of a regular seasonal viral infection: fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite. If it remains in the body, becoming chronic, then it may progress to liver disease. But the hepatitis C virus (HCV) doesn't have to be a killer. You can conquer it with these moves. 

What you should do before
A number of couples who come to me have planned pregnancies-they opt for a baby, rather than the baby just 'happening' to them. This not only helps family planning, but it also helps us rule out infections or treat them if present. Usually, in the first trimester, your gynecologist will ask you to do a simple blood test for HIV, hepatitis B and C. In the case of a planned pregnancy, visit your doctor beforehand and ask if you need to take these tests before you conceive. However, there is no vaccine for HCV yet.

What you should do after
If a woman find out in the first trimester that she is hepatitis C positive, there's nothing much that can be done, as anti-viral medications cause birth defects, so a mother can only be put on them after delivery. She is advised to continue the pregnancy. A baby's chance of acquiring the infection in utero is between 5 and 7%. While this is not high, parents may like to avoid the risk. However, co-infection with HIV (if the mother is HIV positive) pushes the risk up to 19.4%. The pregnancy itself will not be hampered by the HCV infection. Nor does the risk of transmission to the child have anything to do with the mode of delivery-either vaginal or C-section. In India, there is little data on HCV transmission from mother to child. However, once the baby is born, the pediatrician may not do an immediate test to check for the virus, as it generally clears out from the baby's system in a year or so. Testing may only be done at 18 months.

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What is the difference between hepatitis a and hepatitis b or hepatitis c? Also, which one of them is most dangerous?

Dr. Mohan Bairwa 92% (7206 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Community Medicine
General Physician, Jaipur
Hep b and c both causes liver cirrhosis and cancer in 10-20 years. Hep a is short lived, self limiting.
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Hepatitis B Eradication

Dr. Virender Kumar Bhatia 90% (506 ratings)
M.B., B.S. FCGP., FIAMS
General Physician, Panipat
Hepatitis B Eradication

Like polio, many countries have eradicated Hepatitis B by giving Primary hepatitis b vaccine (three doses at 0, 1, 6 months) and One booster dose every 5th year to every 
1. Pregnant lady
2. New born
3. Young middle and old aged person throughout life.

Who has planned to eliminate hepatitis b in developing countries by 2030 

As a new year resolution your family too can contribute to this great cause by getting vaccinated one and all. 

My brother have hepatitis B ,but is in non reactive stage. I used his trimmer, does the trimmer cause hepatitis B ?is it safe to use common trimmer or razor?

Dr. Jyoti Goel 91% (6424 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE), Diploma in Clinical Cosmetology
General Physician, Noida
My brother have hepatitis B ,but is in non reactive stage. I used his trimmer, does the trimmer cause hepatitis B ?is...
If bleeding occur while using trimmer or razor it can spread hepatitis b you can get blood panel test for hepatitis b done.
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She is suffering from hepatitis and her hepatitis percentage is about 1400. Is there any cure for dis?

Dr. S K Mittal 87% (3652 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Faridabad
liv 52 1 tab tds, easily digestible food , green vegetables moong dal potato , gur, complete bed rest eat tomato, amla or lemon juice in a water, neem leaves boiled in water it will help. Welcome
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What is the difference between Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B? What are their symptoms?

Dr. Lalit Kumar Tripathy 90% (19415 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
Both have similar symptoms like. 1.Fever, Loss of appetite, yellow coloration of urine and conjunctiva(eye) 2.pale coloured stool, pain abdomen in the liver area, 3.serum bilirubin level is raised, In Hepatitis B, HbsAg test is positive 4. Hepatitis A infection resolves after few days but Hepatitis B virus remains in blood for a long time It can affect liver and can cause Cirrhosis of liver and cancer liver if not treated. 5. Hepatitis A virus is transmitted through fecal contamination of drinking water, but Heptitis B is transmitted through sexual exposure and handling of infected blood/blood product.
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I have hepatitis b and liver is fatty old help me what to do. Is hepatitis b became negative.

Dr. R.S. Saini 90% (8862 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
if your hepatitis -B is negative ..then do not worry...avoid stress, go for walk daily. take green veg., digestive food, multivitamin,mineral foods,mineral water,fruits juice,take protein diet,amino acid foods. you can go for tests vit.B12, vit.D. mineral , amino acid.cbc. You can take syp. Noni 1 tsf in 1 glass of water once a day. Zenseng drop 6 drop in 1 glass of water twice of a day. Zenseng is natural medicines for all purpose in human body have not harmfull and side effects.
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I am suffering from hepatitis B inactive. Can you suggest what treatment should be there for hepatitis B?

M.B.B.S
Liver Transplant Surgeon, Navi Mumbai
I am suffering from hepatitis B inactive. Can you suggest what treatment should be there for hepatitis B?
Dear lybrate-user, We need to evaluate if hepatitis B is affecting your liver. In 70% cases our immunity clears infection.
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