1. How does hepatitis C differ from hepatitis A and hepatitis B?
All three types of hepatitis are caused by different types of viruses. And because of that, each type of hepatitis has its own mode of transmission and can lead to varying symptoms.
Also, preventive vaccines have already been developed for hepatitis A and hepatitis B while there is yet to be a vaccine formulated for hepatitis C. While that may indeed be the case, hepatitis C can still be prevented with the right precautionary measures.
2. How does a hepatitis C infection progress?
Contrary to popular belief, hepatitis C doesn’t always present any symptoms. In fact, some people already have the infection without them even knowing about it.
In other cases, individuals affected with hepatitis C may present with symptoms, such as jaundice (yellowish tint observed on the skin and/or sclera of the eyes), fatigue, and loss of appetite. These symptoms are quite rare and they often disappear on their own within a couple of weeks.
Over the years, a hepatitis C infection will gradually damage the liver and lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). When scarred tissue has replaced the liver cells, it can bring more dangerous health complications such as cancer.
However, with the right treatment plan, diet, and lifestyle, hepatitis C can be easily managed.
3. Can you get hepatitis C by living with someone who has the infection?
It’s possible but highly unlikely. Hepatitis C infection is passed from one person to the next through direct blood contact. This means that if blood from an infected individual were to come in contact with mucous membranes (such as the eyes, mouth, or nose), an infection is able to happen.
In the household, this may occur when members of the family unknowingly share toothbrushes, razors, and other personal items of the like. So be sure to prevent sharing of personal items at home to keep you and the rest of your family safe.
4. Can you get hepatitis C through sexual contact with someone who has the infection?
It is rare, but it does happen. Practicing safe sex with the use of a condom can reduce the risk of the infection. However, if you have hepatitis C, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider to determine what other safety measures you can take to protect your partner from developing an infection.
5. Can you get treated for hepatitis C?
Yes, you can! Ask your doctor about it. Following the right treatment plan will allow you to live an active lifestyle despite your condition too.
Once you have your prescription ready, head over to Health Delivery Pharmacy. We have specialty medication for hepatitis C and other diseases.
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