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Dr. Camilla Graham
747 doctors shared insights

Hepatitis C (Overview)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself (viral load; hcv rna).


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How does hepatitis C usually begin?

How does hepatitis C usually begin?

Asymptomatically: This is a viral infection which over time causes liver damage. It is typically transmitted from one person to another by sharing needles, Cocaine straws and by blood transfusions received before 1991. It can cause fatigue but most have no symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
747 doctors shared insights

Hepatitis C (Overview)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself (viral load; hcv rna).


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Treating Hepatitis C (Tip)

Treating Hepatitis C

Sometimes, hepatitis c viruse infection can happen along with hepatitis b virus. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis C (Checklist)

Find a doctor who specializes in treating people with hepatitis C
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Stop drinking alcohol until you find out how your liver is doing
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At a HCV viral load test to make sure you have an active infection
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Get vaccinated for hepatitis B if not already exposed
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What are the main symptoms of hepatitis c?

What are the main symptoms of hepatitis c?

HCV symptoms: Chronic hepatitis c is usually asymptomatic. Very rarely rashes, joint pains and worsening renal function can be a presentation apart from presentation of chronic liver disease. ...Read more

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What are early signs of hepatitis c?

What are early signs of hepatitis c?

Depends: After someone is exposed to hcv, most people have no symptoms. It is called a "silent epidemic" because people can live 20 - 40 years with no symptoms, or maybe just feeling tired, while the hcv is causing liver damage. Since many people were infected in the 1960-1980's, they have already experienced damage. This is why everyone born between 1945-1965 should be tested. ...Read more

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Hepatitis (Tip)

Hepatitis

To prevent infecting others, avoid sharing razors, toothbrushes, and nail clippers if you have hep c. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis A (Checklist)

Drink plenty of fluids
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Maintain strict personal hygiene
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Follow a bland diet
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If you start feeling worse, call a doctor immediately
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Does hepatitis C have a cure?

Does hepatitis C have a cure?

Possibly: There are several treatments, but depending on the person and the strain of virus, not everyone is cured. ...Read more

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My friend was recently diagnosed with hepatitis c. What are the chances she has any serious damage in the near future?

It depends: Please encourage your friend to see someone with experience taking care of people with hepatitis c. She needs your support. Women are less likely to progress to severe scarring or cirrhosis than men. The most important intervention she can make right now is to stop drinking any alcohol. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
1,157 doctors shared insights

Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
567 doctors shared insights

Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more