Hepatitis C affects a sizable proportion of the US population. Over 5 million Americans have been infected by this condition, in addition, 75% of those infected are not aware of it.
Patients have the highest risk to Hepatitis C if they have been:
- Exposed to blood from an infected individual
- Consumed unclean drugs
- Infected by HIV
- Received a tattoo through unsterile equipment
- Received constant hemodialysis treatments over a long period
- Born to a woman infected with hepatitis C
The liver is important to body functions. It is involved with digestion, energy storage, and toxin removal. When Hepatitis affects the liver, it begins to swell – this prevents it from functioning at its peak performance and can lead to cancer or scars.
There are a number of viruses that can potentially cause hepatitis. Some can dissipate on their own, but others require medical treatments.
The symptoms of hepatitis are similar for the flu. They can produce additional symptoms as well, which include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach Pain
- Discolored urine
- Yellowing of skin and eyes
- Decreased appetite
Most types of hepatitis, include A,B, and C, can be easily spread. If you believe you are infected, please call Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group to discuss treatment options and steps to prevent the virus from spreading.