It can take up to 50 days after exposure to the virus for someone to become ill, but most people experience symptoms within 28 to 30 days after being exposed.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. But, before we talk about causes, prevention and dietary changes for hepatitis, let's understand what hepatitis is and how it affects people. And the tragedy is that it is preventable.
For decades, the most common treatment for hepatitis C was a series of painful shots, sometimes year-long process with chemo-like side effects. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. This strategy has led to 20 fold reduction in Hepatitis B in certain countries like China.
Hepatitis B vaccines effectively prevent new infections in children and adults.
According to Dr. Ruchi Gupta Founder of 3h care.in, "To obtain the severity, type and which strain of hepatitis a person is suffering from, Viral serology is a series of blood tests conducted for screening complete details of the liver".
Aiming to speed up global progress, World Health Organization is also releasing new global guidelines on hepatitis C treatment. It is estimated that 10 million Indians have the infection. It is estimated that two in every five PWID are living with hepatitis C.
Here, India acted with tremendous promptness.
Around 80% of people don't realise hepatitis C can lead to cancer
Eliminating hepatitis C from pakistan is achievable target if combined efforts are made in the right direction.
The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to get tested! Infected mothers may pass Hepatitis B unknowingly to their offspring.
HBV is transmitted through direct exposure to infected bodily fluids through contaminated needles, sexual partners or between family members.
In addition, maintaining hygeine, avoiding roadside food and beverage, being carefull in salons and tatoo parlours for avoiding infections, washing hands can help protect us from hepatitis, the experts suggested.
Who are at risk and should be tested?
To make that happen, health workers must have better access to quality point-of-care diagnostics and laboratory testing. What needs to be done is that regular screening programs need to be done and these screening programs should be done specifically for those individuals who are at high risk.
Observers have blamed manpower deficit for the rising incidence of the disease in the country, lamenting that with less 100 hepathologists in the country, it is hard for those diagnosed of hepatitis to see a physician as HBV patients queue for three months before seeing a hepathologist.
The disease is called a silent killer because many patients remain undiagnosed and untreated for many years before developing complications and dying. If the liver is grossly damaged and is unable to perform its work, it may have to be replaced by a liver transplantation.