Hepatitis C

The liver performs hundreds of different functions, including the removal of some toxins and waste from the body. A virus called Hepatitis C can damage the liver if it is not detected and treated early.

Does Hepatitis C cause symptoms?

Yes, in many cases it does, but any patients with Hepatitis C don’t have any symptoms.

Symptoms of Hepatitis C may include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of energy
  • Reduced appetite
  • Dark urine
How do you catch and avoid Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is very contagious and can be transmitted in a number of ways.

  1. Sexual intercourse.
    The use of a condom can minimise the chance of catching or transmitting Hepatitis C.
  2. Sharing of personal hygiene items.
    Avoid sharing personal hygiene items, including razors, which might harbour infected blood.
  3. Beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
    Only have manicures and pedicures at facilities that use disinfectants on all equipment. When getting a tattoo or having some piercing, ensure you only use places with high standards of sanitation.
  4. Blood transfusions.
Can hepatitis C be cured?

Sometimes it can be cured.

How is Hepatitis C diagnosed and treated?

Hepatitis C is diagnosed through a blood test, known as serology. Antiviral medications can help with acute and chronic Hepatitis C. Diet and lifestyle changes, including avoidance of alcohol, can also make a big difference.



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