Hepatitis C, usually caused by the hepatitis C virus is an inflammation of the liver. When not properly treated, it can lead to serious damage of the liver like cirrhosis and cause an impairment of liver function. Symptoms of hepatitis C include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, jaundice etc. The immune system of the body cannot remove the hepatitis C virus from the body, this may then cause the infection to become chronic. Chronic inflammation caused by hepatitis C can cause severe atherosclerosis or diabetes which can lead to death.
There are several drugs that are currently used to treat the Hepatitis C infection, they are known as Direct action Antivirals. They act directly on the virus to block different stages in its life cycle.
The goal of treating hepatitis C is to prevent cirrhosis and cancer of the liver, stopping diseases that affect other body organs as well as preventing transmission to other organs. Depending on the individual, treatment of hepatitis C can be as few as 8 weeks or as long as 24 weeks.
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