SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEPATITIS C
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that might prove to be fatal in certain cases. The most common way of getting infected by the disease is the hepatitis virus – could be hepatitis A, B or C. Out of the three the hepatitis C virus or the HCV is considered to be the most serious of all. In this hepatitis C, there are about 6 genotypes numbered from 1 to 6 based on certain characteristics of the viral reactions.
Hepatitis C can be of two types based on the duration of how long one experiences the symptoms. They are acute hepatitis C and chronic hepatitis C. The symptoms of acute HCV occur for about 6 months or even lesser whereas when one is affected by chronic HCV, the symptoms may even last for the lifetime.
The symptoms may be shown early for some people and becomes easy for diagnosis and treatment, but for some people the symptoms show only after the body is affected chronically. It may occur as early as 2 weeks after being infected or even six months or even more than that for the affected persons to notice any kind of warning signs.The early symptoms may be
- Weakness and tiredness
- Lack of appetite
Apart from these the next stage of warning signs may seem to be:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the stomach and abdominal areas especially around the liver
- Muscle pains and joint aches
- Abnormal texture and colour if the urinals and bowel movements
- Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes
The appearance of the disease in the blood stream may be known only after taking a blood test and consulting a physician. There are no vaccines available for taking preventive measures.
However one can be cautious not to contract the virus by:
- Avoiding shared drugs and needles
- Not having intercourses with affected persons
- Not receiving blood from a donor who has been affected by the disease previously
One can be sure that this infection does not spread through food, water or casual contact.