Over the past few years, central television channels have often shown social advertising that warns against what can lead to hepatitis C, for example, from promiscuity. And at the same time they call for tests for hepatitis. This is due to the constant increase in cases of chronic hepatitis C, with the study of its symptoms and methods of treatment.
Symptoms of hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is very dangerous in that it often happens asymptomatically, and is detected – by accident, when a person is checked for other diseases. Many of the symptoms of chronic hepatitis, characteristic of the initial stage of hepatitis C, are also in other diseases:
- fast fatiguability;
- indigestion disorder;
- pain in the joints
- Since effective vaccines against the hepatitis C virus have not yet been invented, recovery comes with proper treatment in only 20-30% of cases. Most often the disease becomes chronic. Acute hepatitis C can go on into a chronic form for quite some time. Gradually, for sometimes several years, the disease increasingly damages the liver cells, with the development of fibrosis they are replaced by cells of connective tissue.
Chronic viral hepatitis C leads to complications, against its background, cirrhosis of the liver, as well as in some cases, cancer. In this case, the symptoms of the disease often manifest only at the stage of cirrhosis. The main symptoms of chronic hepatitis C are:
- gradual increase in weakness;
- an increase in the volume of the abdomen;
- pain in the right hypochondrium;
- the appearance of vascular asterisks in the upper half of the trunk.
Treatment of chronic hepatitis C In the past two decades, the treatment of a serious illness has become much more successful than before. In each case, an individual course of therapy is selected, while much depends not only on the doctor, but also on the patient. It is necessary to constantly follow the diet, follow all the recommendations of the doctor in charge. The use of fatty foods and alcohol, exercise can lead to an exacerbation and development of complications of chronic hepatitis C.
Treatment of chronic hepatitis C requires a detailed study of the history of the disease, as it depends on the form in which the disease occurs, how hard the patient is suffering and whether there are complications and side-effects requiring a separate course of therapy. Modern methods of treating a disease that occurs in a chronic form are based on interferon therapy, using complex therapy.
It should be remembered that the timely detection of the disease can achieve much greater results in treatment, avoid the development of cirrhosis and the appearance of malignant tumors.