What is Hepatitis-C And what are its symptoms.
Hepatitis – c is an infection caused by a virus. It is transmitted through contact with the blood of an infected patient. An infected person may remain symptomless in initial phases. It remains undiagnosed till blood tests are performed.
It has two phases:-
- Acute phase
- Chronic phase
The acute phase is the initial phase when someone gets infected. Symptoms during the acute phase may be belly pain, dark urine, fatigue, fever, jaundice, poor appetite etc.
During the acute phase, if the patient remains undiagnosed and untreated, the disease is converted into the chronic phase. It may take years or decades to turn disease into a chronic phase. During this period the virus continues to multiply and damage the liver of the patient.
On advancement of the disease liver functioning is hampered, scares appears on the liver, liver shrinks in size and becomes cirrhotic. Which later on may get converted to liver cancer. Other symptoms of the disease may be:-
- Ascites – building up of fluid in the body, mainly in the belly and limbs area.
- Easy bleeding.
- Easy bruising.
- Hepatic Encephalopathy- confusing state, drowsiness and slurred speech.
- Hives or rashes.
- Itchy skin.
- Spider Angioma – the appearance of spidery blood vessel under the skin.
- Swollen legs.
- Pain in the abdomen.
- Gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Dark cloured stools etc.
Hepatitis – C is treatable, Modern medicines have lesser side effects and have a shorter duration of therapy.
In Ayurveda, it is also claimed to have treatment.
The patent is required to take all precautions as advised by the physician. Family members support also counts.
Wishing all to be in a healthy state.
(For public awareness only).