One of the most frightening things about hepatitis C virus (HCV) is that you can have this potentially serious infection and not have any symptoms. Hepatitis C is an infection that is caused by a virus that attacks the liver and results in inflammation. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms arise the liver has already been damaged.
Hepatitis C is spread from contact with blood that has been contaminated. For example, blood transfusions and organ transplants that occurred before 1992 could lead to HCV. Shared needles, sexual contact and even childbirth can cause this virus. Hepatitis C is one of many hepatitis viruses and is believed to be the most serious. Signs of this hepatitis virus generally do not surface during the early stages. As the condition progresses, there may be symptoms that are similar to the flu.
Some of the hepatitis C symptoms include the following:
- Muscle pain
- Tenderness near the liver
It is important to seek medical care if any of these hepatitis symptoms are present. Blood tests are frequently used to diagnose hepatitis C. A blood test will not only help the doctor determine if the virus is present, it will also measure the quantity of HCV in the blood and evaluate the genotyping of the virus, which will help in determining treatment options.
There are numerous treatment options for this virus. Some of the hepatitis C virus treatments include antiviral medications and in extreme cases, liver transplant. It is important to mention that treatment isn’t always necessary for a hepatitis C infection. If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis C and are not able to work, you may qualify for hepatitis C disability benefits.
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