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Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
Hepatitis C is passed through contact with contaminated blood - most commonly through needles shared during illegal drug use. however from contaminated surgical instruments, at barbar shops(in third world countries) etc this can get transfered. It can also get transfered by tattoing, by sharing common use items, by blood transfusions, mother to child during birth etc.
The incubation period, from the time of exposure to the virus until the onset of the disease, is one to six months.
Most patients have no symptoms. Early symptoms include poor appetite, nausea, aching muscles and joints. Later symptoms include yellowing of skin, mucous membranes, and whites of the eyes (jaundice), light-coloured stools and dark urine.
Hepatitis C can be treated by a combination of interferon alfa injections and ribavirin capsules. Half of the patients will benefit from the treatment. A person remain healthy trhoughout his life while having hep C.
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