Behind permanent fatigue and low appetite, hepatitis C virus can be hidden, which was "installed" 10-20 years ago. Despite the severity, the disease can be cured.
Marian performed a foot surgery 20 years ago. Last year, he no longer resisted the tiredness and the pangs that were ruining him every day and asked the family doctor to send him for more detailed analysis. He found out he has hepatitis C virus, which he most likely got from his blood transfusion 20 years ago, when he was operated on.
If, in the case of hepatitis B, the manifestations occur within the first 4-5 years after the disease is installed and is not curable, the C virus makes its presence felt after 20 years, but it is still curable. "In recent years, hepatitis C diseases have an upward trend due to the fact that the disease manifests with a delay of 10-20 years," explains the doctor Mihai Voiculescu. Delay in treatment may, however, lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
The doctors estimate is that one in 10 Romanians have hepatitis B or C without knowing it. Few know that they are sick because hepatitis C manifestations are misleading: fatigue, low appetite, abdominal pain, sometimes the need to quit smoking. “Hepatitis by itself has no characteristic symptoms. I believe that this treacherous way of surviving in the human body, the only recognized host, has allowed him to remain for so long undiscovered and to sick so many people, "adds Dr. Voiculescu.
How to protect yourself from hepatitis C
In manicure, tattoo, but also dental or microsurgical clinics in hospitals you should not accept being treated with items that cannot be guaranteed to be sterile, doctors recommend. In addition, do not ignore symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain (caused by enlargement of the liver), itching, muscle aches, dark urine and consult a doctor. Those who administer their drugs intravenously have a major risk of contacting hepatitis C.