What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks your liver silently. This means most people do not realize they have the disease because they do not have any symptoms for years. Hepatitis C is the most serious hepatitis virus (there are 6 total) because it can lead to liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). There is no vaccine available to prevent the disease.
What are the causes?
- Hepatitis C virus which can be transmitted by contact with blood contaminated with the virus. Occasionally, women pass the virus to their children during childbirth. In rare circumstances, it is transmitted sexually.
Treatments for Hepatitis C:
- You may not need treatment right away if your liver is still functioning normally. Your doctor will determine this.
- Injections of medicines designed to rid your body of the Hepatitis C virus
- Liver transplant – if the liver has been severely damaged, a liver transplant is a treatment option. However, this procedure does not cure Hepatitis C.
What can I do?
- Encourage a healthy diet, regular exercise and plenty of sleep
- Avoid giving your child medicines that can cause liver damage (like Tylenol)
- Prevent yourself and others from coming into contact with your child’s blood
- Follow the treatment plan your doctor has given you
It is important to remember the health information found on this Web site is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your health care provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a true medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
- Slight fatigue
- Nausea or poor appetite
- Tenderness around the liver (on the right side of the stomach below the ribs)
- Muscle and joint pains
Additional symptoms include:
- Late stage Symptoms of Hepatitis C:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lack of appetite
- Jaundice – yellowing of the skin and whites around the eyes
- Low grade fever