How can a person diagnose hepatitis C by his own self? As we know that it is an invisible disease and there are no specific symptoms appear via suffering this. Hepatitis is a dangerous disease if it dealt with carelessness and irregularity of medicine. Via dealing with disease, it is necessary to make a timely diagnose and treatment. This disease has three stages as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and the last stage is hepatitis C. Any person can suffer from this disease actually due to the inflammation of the liver and medication, infection and autoimmune processes. It can be dangerous at its last stage and hard to be cured at all. In starting it can be hard to say to anyone that he is suffering from that particular disease and most people do not bother or perceive its symptoms.
Types of hepatitis C
There are two main types of hepatitis C the one is acute hepatitis C and the other one chronic hepatitis C. By the passage of time you will experience symptoms depend on the type of disease you have. Acute hepatitis C is the starting stage of hepatitis; its symptoms are more short-term, lasting six months or less. But acute hepatitis leads to the other type of hepatitis that is chronic hepatitis. This type has long-lasting effects, even for your entire life, because it’s very difficult to get rid of its virus. If we get aware on time to acute hepatitis then we can prevent from chronic hepatitis because acute hepatitis is the basic stage of this disease.
Difficult to diagnose
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 80% people have not experienced any symptoms of acute hepatitis. In some cases when people experience its symptoms, a virus has infected them since a long time.
These symptoms can in the form of
- Feeling tired
- Poor appetite
Some other warning signs
If you have been infected with hepatitis then after some time you might also have these symptoms
- Muscle or joint pain
- Stomach pain
- Pale eyes
- Abnormalities in urine and bowel movements
These symptoms would be occurring around 6 or 7 weeks after you infected with hepatitis C virus.
In some people, symptoms of hepatitis C may develop within two weeks of infection, but in some people, it may take some longer delay before noticing any symptoms.
It is studied by the National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) that It can take time from six months to 10 years for displaying any symptoms after effecting with hepatitis C virus. This is because it takes several years to lead to liver damage.
It is difficult to tell that you have hepatitis just due to symptoms. If you find symptom from all of above, then you should visit your physician. A simple test of your blood will tell you that you have this disease or not.
If you have the virus in your blood, then the doctor will recommend you undergo a biopsy on your liver to find out that if you have chronic hepatitis.
After diagnosing your disease you should visit your doctor regularly. There are treatments available. Your doctor will give you medicine to prevent damage your liver by performing blood tests and monitoring your symptoms closely.
In the past, there was no any medication for hepatitis C but over the last few years, more medications have been approved to cure this disease.
You should take care to protect yourself from developing the condition of the disease. If you want to get tattoos, then make sure that employee uses clean needles. Practice safe sex. Avoid sharing needles, etc. if you find any symptoms, then consult with your doctor as soon as possible.