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.
- Sexual intercourse.
The use of a condom can minimise the chance of catching or transmitting Hepatitis C.
- Sharing of personal hygiene items.
Avoid sharing personal hygiene items, including razors, which might harbour infected blood.
- 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.
- 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.