What Are the Dangers of Untreated Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a dangerous virus that harms the liver and produces inflammation. Because this disease doesn't always trigger symptoms, many people may not be aware they even have hepatitis C. The good news is that our experts at Health Services of North Texas in Denton, Wylie, and Plano can help you manage hepatitis C before it becomes more of a threat to your body.
What happens at the start of the disease?
Hepatitis C can spread through the body through blood contamination. The virus mostly impacts the liver as it processes many of the body’s contaminated fluids.
A common sign of hepatitis is bruising or bleeding easily. You may also experience fatigue and a poor appetite. Jaundice may occur due to the liver becoming weak, causing the skin or eyes to turn yellow in color.
You may also notice swelling in your legs and the buildup of fluid in the abdomen. These problems may develop even if you start losing weight. Your urine may also become dark in color. The dark tone may persist even if you are hydrated.
Can the symptoms get worse?
Untreated hepatitis C can lead to more dramatic medical concerns. Cirrhosis can develop from years of scarring. The condition weakens liver tissue, making it harder for the liver to function.
You may also develop liver failure if enough of the liver stops functioning well. Some people may also develop liver cancer due to the liver cells becoming weakened.
Transmission can become a concern
One point our experts at Health Services of North Texas in Denton, Wylie, and Plano, TX have found about hepatitis C involves how easy it is for the condition to move between people. You could easily transmit hepatitis C to other people by spreading blood from a cut. You could also spread it through sex, especially if it is unprotected. The spread can become worse when people have sex with multiple partners.
Hepatitis C is a manageable disease
The dangers of hepatitis C can be dramatic, but treatment is available. You’ll require a blood test at the start to see if you have hepatitis C, although a liver biopsy may also be ordered. The biopsy can review your liver tissue and identify if it is experiencing damage from hepatitis.
You can receive thorough treatment for hepatitis C through antiviral medications. These medicines can help clear the virus from your bloodstream and reduce its intensity to where hepatitis C is untraceable in your body. While the treatment process can vary, it is possible for you to be cured of hepatitis C if you treat it soon enough. If properly managed, you can live a long, healthy life with hepatitis C.
Contact us today for hepatitis C treatment
If you need help treating or detecting hepatitis C, contact us at Health Services of North Texas in Denton, TX. We also have offices in Plano, and Wylie, TX, so you can receive the treatment you require whether you are in Denton or Collin County. Contact us today to learn more about how our services work and what you can expect from treatment.