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What Is The Scientific Name Of The Organism That Causes Hepatitis C
1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life. 2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living ...Read more
Immune deficiency: If you are asking whether this acts like hiv, the answer is no. Patients who have developed severe liver disease from hep c may be more prone to some forms of infection and secondary malignancy, but not aware of a specific immune function which is inhibited by this virus. ...Read more
No: No effect of HCV on pancreas. If someone was also a heavy drinker though, than can cause damage to both organs. ...Read more
My 49 yr old son first became aware of high alt#'s in 2008. Tests have ruled out hepatitis c, cirrhosis, and a tumor. What else could cause this?
Some ideas: We want to rule out hemochromatosis first and foremost. Wilson's may still be a consideration even at his age. Autoimmune hepatitis is less likely, and antitrypsin deficiency less treatable, both could be tested for. I trust he did not drink or take any meds including Ibuprofen during the workup. Most likely is metabolic syndrome with a rx for aerobic fitness. ...Read more
Hep C: Most Hep C is caused by blood exchange such as transfusions or contaminated needles (IV drug use). Infection through mucous membranes can occur but is less frequent. There is also vertical transmission - mother to child through delivery (2%). Although infrequent, tattooing and breast feeding, can also spread Hep C. ...Read more
Absolutely: Hepatitis c is the number one reason people need a liver transplant in the us. It is estimated that about a third of people with hepatitis c will eventually develop severe liver damage. But it can take 20 to 40 years for cirrhosis to develop. The most important things to do are to stop drinking alcohol and discuss your need for treatment, taking into account all the new drugs in development. ...Read more
Is there any way to determine how old is hepatitis C virus infection? And after how much time it will cause trouble?
Maybe: When health providers ask about potential risk exposures like blood transfusion prior to 1992, ever using injection drugs or home therapy like shared injected vitamins, sex with someone who might have had hcv, etc, we are trying to estimate how long someone has been infected. Studies show about 20% of people will develop cirrhosis in 20 years and rates increase the longer people are infected. ...Read more
Autoimmune: No test is perfect. Every test has a false positive and false negative rate. Any condition that leads to lots of antibody production, like autoimmune diseases, can lead to false positive tests. In hcv, antibody response is not as important as viral load since about 25% of people will be truly infected but clear it themselves. Everyone with hcv antibodies needs an hcv RNA test for active infection. ...Read more
Aids, hepatitis b and hepatitis C are caused by pathogens that are found in the blood of those infected?
Viral Infections: Not sure what you are really asking or how this answer will in any way add to your medical knowledge. But, yes, of course. These three major viral illnesses are common and many of those infected have these viruses as chronic active infections in their blood stream. 80% of those adults who get hep b will clear the infection from their blood. New treatments for hep c can lead to cure. ...Read more
Cause of Hepatitis C:
This is one of the viruses that cause inflammation and prolonged damage to the liver. The main viruses are given alphabet labels to distinguish them from each other.
Hepatiits a is food and water born and some oral ingestion.
Hepatitis b is at high risk in blood and body fluid transmission.
And hep c is found predominantly in the drug using populations, especially injectors. ...Read more
Medical conditions such as hepatitis-C and cirrhosis of the liver can also cause inaccurate urine drug test results.
Can chronic hepatitis C cause Yiy to constantly have aniexty and be depressed? I've never had aniexty until hepatitis C? I have GAD now?
Seek out therapist:
I'm not so clear on the Hep C actually bringing on the psychological symptom of anxiety per the disease itself or per the worry associated with having the disease, its treatments, prognosis in your case, etc. Etc.
I think you need a therapist to discuss the how the knowledge of having Hep C may be affecting you. ...Read more
Hepatitis c in early stage can be a cause of rectal bleeding? My dad had hepatitis C since last one year and his age 65 and now having rectal bleeding
Cirrhosis: Hep C itself doesn't cause rectal bleeding, but cirrhosis can cause portal hypertension, or increased pressure in the veins sending blood to the liver from the intestines. The increased pressure then redirects extra blood to flow through other pathways, one of which is the hemorrhoid veins. It could also just be regular hemorrhoids as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more
HCV causes Itching: Pruritus (itching) is a symptom of hcv infection irrespective of the pregnancy state of the patient. If you are pregnant, have hcv infection and are currently experiencing pruritus, I strongly suggest you seek immediate medical attention as it might signify an exacerbation of your hcv condition with elevated negative medical consequences to you and the fetus. ...Read more
I was told that lisinopril 40 mg twice daily was safe for a hepatitis C patient. However, the insert states may cause serious liver damage.?
High dose: Lisinopril 40 mg twice daily seems excessive to me -- please talk with your doctor about your concern asap. There are other BP meds to choose from -. ...Read more
Can you get hepatitis C from your mother? Even if you had all the vacs for it? Could it cause inflamation of the CNS or peripherl neuropathy?
No vaccines for HepC: There are no vaccines available to prevent hepatitis c. There are vaccines to prevent hepa and hepb, so one should get those vaccines from her doctor. One can catch hepc through contact with the blood of another person who just developed hepc or is a carrier of hepc, even if that hepc-infected person happen's to be one's mother. ...Read more
I am experiencing rash. Skin redness or irritation, Rash on face, mild itching dryness on nose cheeks sometimes behind my neck and hairline, behind ears. Could this be the cause of stress or an underlying disease lIke hepatitis C?
Is there anything in Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) or anything about hepatitis C or liver damages that can cause false cocaine results in a mouth swab test?
Not that I know of: Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is a combination of acetaminophen (which you should be very cautious with if you have hep C) and hydrocodone, and am unaware of any false positives with either drug, or with hep C. Any positive on either a urine or saliva test should be subjected to confirmation, which can tell a false positive from a true one. ...Read more
Yes...maybe: Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...Read more
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
Contact with blood: One can catch hepatitis C from an infected person by getting the infected person's blood into oneself by activities such as: sharing needles during drug abuse, accidental needle-sticks, being born to a hepc+ mother, sharing razors or toothbrushes, or having sex. Transmission of hepc virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon. ...Read more
Start liver disease: When someone is exposed to hepatitis c, the virus can be detected in the blood by 2 -4 weeks, and antibody by 3 -6 months. Initially there is a lot of inflammation of the liver as the immune system tries to fight hcv (about 25% of the time the body wins and clears hcv). For 75% of people, over the next several decades there is slow development of scarring, which can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more
Normal: Majority of people with hep c live a normal life but have to take certain precautions. They learn to avoid certain products like alcohol, illicit drugs, medications which has tylenol, (acetaminophen) seek alternative therapies to maintain healthy liver function, and they live with constant hope of finding a cure. If hep c is associated with liver dysfunction, special interferon therapy can be used for suppression. ...Read more
Yes: In short, yes you can get hepatitis C from "snorting drugs" and from using intravenous drugs. This is the most common cause of contracting hepatitis C. The good news is that now a days, we can cure hepatitis C over 90% of the time compared to medications in the past. See a hepatologist for discussion regarding the new therapies. ...Read more
Usually none: Somet patients may become yellow soon after infection (jaundice), but most patient don't know they are infected until the liver becomes scarred down, or detected on routine blood tests, years after infection. ...Read more
Blood borne disease: Transmitted in high risk situations. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), or using nasal drugs, accidental needle stick in a healthcare worker, reused needles/medical equipment without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. A simple blood test can confirm if you have hep c. ...Read more
Yes: As long as you are not intimate with the person and donot exchange body fluids, it is safe. Hep c is not transmitted through the air. ...Read more
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