Angioedema

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is one of the possible triggers of angioedema. The infection is caused by the virus that goes under the same name (hepatitis C virus, or HCV).

Symptoms

In the initial part of the infection, for about three months, this infection typically does not lead to symptoms. In some instances, things such as exhaustion, itching, pain in the abdomen, and jaundice can be experienced. Symptoms similar to those of the flu might be noticed. Infections that last for longer than six months are considered to be chronic. Even at this stage, many cases remain without symptoms, although some can be present such as pain in the joints, itching, exhaustion, nausea, and more. Over time, some people with chronic hepatitis C develop cirrhosis of the liver (this may happen about a third of the time during a period of 20 years, although figures vary). If cirrhosis occurs, symptoms related to that might be found.

Transmission

This virus can be transmitted when infected blood comes into contact with another person's blood. This contact can take place in different ways.


Diagnosis

Diagnosis of hepatitis C is given by a medical doctor. Certain things may lead to a case being suspected, including details of the person's medical history, oddities in liver enzyme testing, and more. Checking for the virus involves blood testing to look for antibodies. This may miss some cases of infection, though. Also, even if the antibody test comes back positive, the patient needs to have further testing done in order to check whether the virus itself is there. This is due to the fact that the antibody could be found despite the infection no longer being existent.

Treatment

The method of treatment varies based on certain factors. For starters, it needs to be determined whether the infection is acute or chronic in nature. The genotype of the virus is also taken into consideration. In some cases, the disease is not cured even with treatment. However, there are also instances where the infection clears spontaneously. This spontaneous clearance can occur in either the acute or the chronic stage. Despite this, most people with chronic HCV infection will not get rid of it without treatment. For qualified medical advice related to treatment or other medical issues of any type, do not rely on this information which is not professional in nature, but rather talk with a doctor.

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