About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C, also known as Hep C, is a viral infection of the liver. It is the most common type of viral hepatitis, and if left untreated, can cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver. The virus is spread by contact with contaminated blood, such as from unsterile tattoo equipment or through sharing a needle.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
Oftentimes, the symptoms of Hepatitis C aren’t noticeable until the liver has been significantly damaged. Unfortunately, this causes the virus to be easily spread, as many people have the infection without realizing it. When symptoms do occur they can be mistaken for other conditions. Symptoms can include flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches and fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, or abdominal pain.
Treatment of Hepatitis C
It’s important than you seek treatment for Hepatitis C from a specially-trained gastroenterologist. Hepatitis C can be treated with a combination of antiviral medicines that stop the virus multiplying inside the body. These usually need to be taken for several months.
Did You Know?
- One in 30 Americans within the Baby Boomer generation has Hepatitis C.
- Because there are many different types of Hepatitis C, there is no vaccine.
- The most common type of Hepatitis C is genotype 1.
The Gastro Health team is here to help with your Hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment. If you think you have Hepatitis C, please call us today or click here to request an appointment.