Hepatitis C is a disease that causes liver infection and inflammation. It may either be acute or chronic and the condition develops after being infected with hepatitis C virus or HCV.
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Hepatitis C can be transmitted through blood-to-blood contact with someone who has been infected with HCV. It may spread through:
You will have to perform a blood test to confirm if you are suffering from hepatitis C. When the doctor gets the results of blood test, he may suggest doing a biopsy of the liver. This will help him to know if you have damaged your liver due to severe hepatitis C.
Earlier, there was no medication available for treating this disease. However, medications have now been approved in the recent years to cure this illness. If you are suffering from asymptomatic chronic infection or have found symptoms, your doctor will recommend visiting a liver specialist who can help with the right treatment. Your doctor may even monitor the symptoms and perform the necessary blood tests to know if certain treatments are actually working for you.
You will have to practice preventive measures to stay protected from developing this condition:
If you have contracted hepatitis C, it is advised to see your doctor quickly. This way, you can prevent possible liver damage by starting the treatment at the right time.