Hepatitis C, like the other infections A and B is also an infection caused in the liver and if left untreated, it can lead to diseases like liver cancer, cirrhosis and even liver failure. Since the virus causing this condition has been identified as Hepatitis C, the disorder is also called by the same name. Some people may see some symptoms and others may not. Pain in the joints and around the belly area, feeling of tiredness could be some of the symptoms observed.
HOW IS HEPATITIS C DIAGNOSED?
Blood test is the most reliable diagnostic tool in the hands of the General Physician to check and confirm that you have Hepatitis C. The GP or the Gastroenterologist might get a liver biopsy done to know if there is any damage done to the liver because of the condition.
HOW IS HEPATITIS C TREATED?
While acute Hepatitis C can be treated at home, in case of severe symptoms of Hepatitis C, antiviral medications can treat Hepatitis C. Also, the doctor conducts liver function tests to check the blood for Hepatitis B virus.
DID YOU KNOW?
In most patients with Hepatitis C, long term effect causes chronic hepatitis C, which leads to damaged liver or cirrhosis.