Hepatitis c

What is Hepatitis c?

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years.

Questions and answers on "Hepatitis c"

My daughter received gamma shots for about 8 months when she was about 2 yrs old and we found out 10 years ago that she had Hep C and she died March 2015 and Hep C was a contributor along with alcohol. Could she have contracted the Hep C from the Gamma shots in 1964?

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Brief Answer:
It is possible

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

I'm sorry to know about your daughter's problems. This is very hard on the parents...
All blood products could transmit hepatitis C until hepatitis C was discovered. After 1990 the blood products are supposed to be checked and free of hepatitis...

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My Hepatitis C infection occurred in 1970. I completely recovered. Then in 2001 I was tested for a life insurance policy and the antibody showed up so they insisted on a PCR test which was negative. I was issued the policy with standard rates. Recently,over the past few years, I self diagnosed a minor case of Sjögren's syndrome and Raynauds syndrome. Should I be concerned?

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Hello
Thanks for your question .
I would be pleased to answer your question .

With the history of raynaud's syndrome and Sjogren's syndrome it would surely be necessary to get certain tests done to check for the extent of the diseases.
You should get a CT scan of the lung to check for the lung...

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hi there,
I am patient of hepatitis C and I got hepatitis C 5 years before
after every three months I go for ALT test and my doctor told me its pretty good
and I don't need treatment of hepatitis C
I just needs to know is that correct or I still need treatment

doctor1 MD

Hi
From your medical data you are diagnosed with non reactive hepatitis C.
I am glad to know that your liver panel are normal and it means that you don't need treatment.
But to perform exact diagnosis if your hepatitis C is reactive or not in our clinic practice we use HCV-RNA level test.
Please...

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Hi, I recently pricked myself with a used pin at the local tailors. The pin pierced my skin but didn't draw any blood. If the tailor has Hepatitis C is it likely I would have caught the disease from her?

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Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.

What you have had is called as “needle stick injury”by doctors. Since the needle pricked the skin but there was no blood, chances of hepatitis C transmission are very less. The Hepatitis C virus can survive outside the body at room temperature, on...

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Can my boyfriend give me hepatitis C while I am on my period? I do not have hepatitis C but my boyfriend does.

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Hello and thanks for the query.
Hepatitis C is believed to be transmitted only by blood. However, unlike many other blood borne viruses (like HIV) virtually any source of blood or blood products seems to be capable of carrying the virus, even if the source is indirect - like a used razor, for...

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About 3 weeks ago I got Hepatitis C blood on my hands when trying to fix IV tubing on a patient's IV. I immediately washed it off and checked my hands for cuts. I had a scab on one finger and chapped knuckles from repeated washing but did not see any visible bleeding cuts. I went through occupational health and got tested for antibodies which have been negative. I am getting tested again at 6 weeks but my nerves are getting the best of me! Am I at high risk for contracting Hepatitis C?

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Its unlikely that you have a infection if your skin was intact with no wounds and no cut,and you washed your hand immedietly,but prevention is better than cure so I recommend you to get your blood test done and get physicians opinion

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I am a dibetic and i have hepatitis c at drug testing i test positive for thc use. i dont smoke or use. what could be the cause of a positive test for thc? i need help my job is on the line!!!!!

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Hello and thanks for the query.
Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with...

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Hello from Cambodia Doctor, I am 53 year olds, I had tested positive for hepatitis C and I am now getting cold block norce and headach difficalt to breath and I took 1 tablet of Decolgen at 9:00am today. Q can I use Decolgen? if yes what's time I can talke one more. what's is the Decolgen's dosage for me?
thanks you very much for your kindly advice.

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Hi thanks for asking question.

I can understand your concern.

You are taking decolgen that containing 10 mg phenylnephrine like first generation antihistaminic.It can be taken 1 tablet daily or two times a day for 3 days.Mostly you will have viral infection for which it is given to relieve...

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I wanted to know if my liver which has grown to 18.0 will ever go back to its normal size?

YYYY@YYYY

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It all depends if you have cirrhosis of he liver or not. The fact that you have hepatitis C together with a large liver and spleen is concerning for advanced liver disease, but not necessarily cirrhosis (usually cirrhotic livers become small and shrunken from so much scarring).
You will benefit...

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i had intercourse 1year 4 months before now i tested for hiv1&2 its negative only.but while checking 1year before i got hepatitis C virus (HCV). doctor said it will cure automatically because i got less than range of 15 only. now i checked hepatitis C virus (HCV) its became negative. what is the window period for hiv? i was worried a lot. please help me

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Hello!
I read carefully your query and understand your concern.

The window period for HIV is 3-6 months.
If you test for HIV 6 months after possible exposure (intercourse) ,the result is 100% reliable and conclusive.
Since you tested for HIV 1 year 4 months after the exposure and the result was...

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My son woke up Saturday and his urine had blood in it, the color of koolaid, his gums were bleeding and he had blood spots and bruises allover his legs. He went to the Emergency Room and they took blood test. His platelets were at 3000 so they admitted him to I C U. The gave him 10 units of platelets and steroids, and it raised him to 12000 by that evening. They took ultra sound of his spleen and kidney and it looked ok. They tested him for HIV and Hepatitis C and he tested negative. They then on Sunday gave him 7 more units of platelets and more steroids. By Monday morning his platelet count was 3800. They wanted to send him home, but he refused , telling them he wanted to know what was wrong with him. They didn't do anything for him till 6 pm Monday night , they put him on more steroids and said they would check him in the morning. Should I get a second opinion and take him to another hospital?

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I want to know if pain between the shoulder blades lasting for some 3 weeks in somebody with Hepatitis C can be a symptom of worsening liver disease?

He says he thinks he "pinched a nerve" in his back...He drinks alcohol..my email address is YYYY@YYYY

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