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My stomach heaved so hard I felt like my insides were coming loose. My left side, which was swelled out in a hard knot, felt as though I was being squeezed to death. It was the fourth time that day I had been to the bathroom to throw up everything I had on my stomach, which wasn't very much.
The short answer to this question is "Yes, you can give hepatitis C to someone else." The longer answer is a bit more complicated. Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus that attacks your liver. It can do significant damage to your liver, and in some cases can even lead to death. Unfortunately, the virus which causes hepatitis C can be passed from one person to another. There are known risk factors which can increase the chances of giving hepatitis C to someone else.
I was a healthy soldier of just 21 years old. I didn't know why I was so tired all the time, so I just chalked it up to long military days and planning my upcoming wedding. But when the fatigue and slight yellow tinge to my skin caught the attention of one of my superiors, I knew had better get checked out.
Liver disease is the 12th leading cause of disease related deaths. A number of factors have been implicated in liver disease including genetics, illness, substance abuse, and viral infections. Detection of liver disease may be based on symptoms, abnormal labs, or through tissue biopsy. In the case of viral infection, preventive vaccines are available for the most common causative viruses.
As a Hepatitis educator and counselor, I converse with thousands of Hepatitis B and C victims. Their number one complaint, other than having these horrible diseases, is having terrible doctors! I have formed the opinion that many of today's General Practitioners are quite bewildered at the prospect of treating their patients who suffer from Hepatitis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 60,000 people annually in the United States contract hepatitis a or b, 22,000 and 38,000 respectively. This is particularly important when you consider that Hepatitis B is one of the nation's leading causes of liver cancer. Should we live in fear of this? Absolutely not! With a little prevention we can be sure to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Autoimmune hepatitis is an infection of the liver. It is characterized by an “immune attack” of the liver’s components and cells. This attack results in inflammation and damage to the liver. The immune system is responsible for protection from pathogens and other harmful foreign substances.