What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C, or Hep C, is a viral infection of the liver. It is the most common type of viral hepatitis, and if left untreated, can cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver.
What Causes Hepatitis C?
The virus is spread by contact with contaminated blood, such as from unsterile tattoo equipment or through sharing a needle.
What are the Symptoms of Hepatitis C?
Oftentimes, Hepatitis C symptoms aren’t noticeable until the liver has been significantly damaged. Unfortunately, this causes the virus to be easily spread, as many people have the infection without realizing it.
When symptoms do occur, they can be mistaken for other conditions. Symptoms can include flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches and fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, or abdominal pain.
What is the Treatment for Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C can be treated with a combination of antiviral medicines that stop the virus multiplying inside the body. These usually need to be taken for several months.