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Treatment of Hepatitis C virus (HCV)

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment

The most dangerous virus which leads to the hepatitis virus is HCV. Infection occurs through the blood, and the disease was no obvious symptoms.
Remember! Symptoms often resemble the flu. A person infected with HCV feel weak, tired, aching muscles and feeling generally consists attributed this to a cold or fatigue.

Only 20% of those infected with the virus is a yellowing of the skin, loss of appetite and abdominal pain.

Caution! HCV is perhaps for several years in hiding, and this time destroy liver cells and cause the fibrosis.

In at least 20-30 people who suffer from chronic hepatitis C cirrhosis comes to the body, and this can lead to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma.

The right way to treat HCV

To determine whether there has been contact with HCV - just do a blood test and if the test for anti-HCV antibodies in the blood will be positive, it will mean that the test came into contact with the virus.

It could be that the subject's own body fought it, or - if he did not succeed, it is suffering from hepatitis C.

Remember! Confirm or rule out infection with HCV will test HCV RNA. The positive results of this study confirmed HCV infection.

Very important in this case is to determine the type of virus that is responsible for the disease, because it will allow you to study genotype and thanks to him, the doctor will be able to determine how long the treatment will last.

For this, your doctor may order an ultrasound, biopsy of the liver and signs of fibrosis markers for accurate assessment of health.

People who are suffering from hepatitis C are given injections of interferon. HCV virus occurs in six variants (genotypes), which are marked with numbers 1-6. The length of treatment depends on the genotype.

Remember! Standard therapy for genotype 1,4,5 and 6 to 48 weeks, and with genotype 2 and 3 treatment lasts 24 weeks.

HCV - then you need to know

HCV is transmitted primarily through blood. Estimated in our country 80% of infections hepatitis C is the result of surgery, dental, and also activities such as blood transfusions, injections, blood.

HCV can become infected during diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy, gastroscopy and bronchoscopy.

You can also infect during tattooing, ear or placing forging earrings in other parts of the body.

The risk also exists in manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments or even during a visit to the hairdresser, scissors or clippers if not properly disinfected.

HCV is threatening to those who have ever adopted injecting drug users or intranasal.

Remember! You should be careful. You have to pay attention to it, or at the time of blood sampling nurse using a sterile syringe and disinfects hairdresser scissors and combs comb before us.

Caution! Infection with the hepatitis C is the most common side alcohol, the cause of cirrhosis and hepatitis. HCV causes chronic inflammation of the pulp, and the damage leading to fibrosis (cirrhosis). When the majority of the liver cells is replaced by connective tissue fibers, it ceases to perform its functions in the body. The damage is irreversible. However, the treatment can slow or stop the progression of fibrosis.


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