Hepatitis C – Symptoms and causes
Infecting yourself without any medical care to assist you in hopes of having a fun time with some recreational drugs can lead to a very complicated life and being infected with this type of very serious virus. Also transfusion with infected blood or any other blood products that you may come in contact with may be a very high risk factor in getting infected with hepatitis C virus, from hemodialysis or from a known and much judged activity from the past: transplant of organs from infected donors.
Medical scientists helped the community to the point that in 1992 a test was available on the market for checking your blood for the hepatitis C virus thus leading to a whole new medical revolution in testing blood and any other blood products for contamination and the positive result was that the cases of hepatitis C virus infection that were related to hemodialysis, transfusion or transplantation have decreased to almost zero since.
The most scary part of this illness is the fact that symptoms do not appear at almost 80% of the people that are infected in spite of the damage that it is causing to your liver or if they appear they can appear even after ten or twenty years after the infection, in some cases longer. Even when one will notice some symptoms they can come and go and usually are very vague and mild. Sadly, until the very serious symptoms appear the damage may already be very serious.
During the early acute phase of the infection a minority of people may have symptoms within a maximum of five weeks after the exposure to the hepatitis C virus and they could last up to a few months. The common denominator on symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, pain in the liver area (just under the rib cage), jaundice, that is a condition in which the whites of the eyes and the skin could turn yellow, dark colored urine, may look like dark tea or the coca-cola drink or stools can become very pale in color leading to a grayish up to a clay colored. If you experience some of these symptoms you must immediately consult your doctor in the hope of finding the right treatment and life style for you.
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