Hepatitis C is a serious infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus. Many people with Hepatitis C do not show any symptoms. The virus spreads through the blood or the body fluids of the affected person. Common symptoms are:
• Jaundice – yellow eyes and skin and dark urine
• Stomach pain
• Loss of appetite
HOW IS HEPATITIS C DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of hepatitis C is done by Blood tests. Genetic testing is done to check for the type of hepatitis C. The following tests are done to identify and monitor liver damage from hepatitis C:
• Albumin level
• Liver function tests
• Prothrombin time
• Liver biopsy
HOW IS HEPATITIS C TREATED?
Depending on the exact nature of the infection to the liver the treatment will be prescribed. What type of medicine you take can make a difference to the liver since some medicines may have negative effects. And the person should not consume any alcoholic drinks.
DID YOU KNOW?
If chronic Hepatitis C is not treated timely, it can lead to liver damage.