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Hepatitis C Symptoms Often Unphased By Antibiotics

Apr 13, 2008
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that attacks the liver and is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Among the six known hepatitis viruses, the hepatitis C virus is considered the most damaging infecting millions worldwide. The infection is blood-borne and can cause liver inflammation.

While damage to the liver can be slow, the disease can lead to liver cancer, liver failure, and liver scarring. The hepatitis C virus is acquired through contaminated blood that enters the blood stream, most commonly through infected needles and blood transfusions.

The majority of people with hepatitis C show no symptoms for months after being infected. Those who do have symptoms may experience fatigue, lack of appetite, and joint pain. Since these symptoms may also be a sign for numerous other conditions, their presence rarely leads to a diagnosis of hepatitis C.

Even in the chronic stage of hepatitis C, meaning when one has the disease for over six moths, symptoms are rare. Those who do experience symptoms may experience jaundice, extreme fatigue, and vomiting. The disease is particularly insidious in the fact that it can do serious damage to your liver while you still appear healthy.

If you are diagnosed with hepatitis C, it is possible that your doctor will do nothing to treat you. Since the treatment of hepatitis C involves very unpleasant side effects and can be very costly, many doctors choose not to proceed with treatment if they suspect there is little chance of the disease developing into serious liver complications.

But since there is no way to accurately predict whether or a hepatitis C infection will become serious, many patients choose to begin treatment immediately.

Commonly, hepatitis C treatment begins with a combination of weekly injections of interferon and taking a powerful antiviral drug twice daily. Doctors also usually recommend vaccinations against the hepatitis A and B viruses, as acquiring these diseases may lead to serious complications during your hepatitis C treatment. Side effects of interferon include irritability, depression, memory problems and insomnia.

The side effects of ribravirin, the antiviral drug that is typically prescribed, include nasal congestion, low red blood cell count, and fatigue. The combination of these two drugs has been known, albeit rarely, to induce suicidal behavior in patients who have a history of depression.

Treatment usually lasts about a year, and has about a 50% success rate if the patient has the most common genotype. Less common genotypes have a higher success rate. If treatment fails, the virus may damage the liver so badly that it requires a liver transplant. This can be difficult, as the list of people who require a liver transplant far exceed the number of healthy livers available to hospitals.

Some patients who have suffered with hepatitis C have claimed to find success in fighting the virus with colloidal silver. Many believe that true colloidal silver is an effective treatment for hepatitis C because it destroys an enzyme that is essential for the virus' survival.

Testimonial of reducing the hepatitis C viral load dramatically in a short period of time have been credited to the consumption of true colloidal silver.
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Are prescribed antibiotics ineffective? Is true colloidal silver a natural antibiotic? Wyatt McKinney has a site on hepatitis c treatment to tell you more.
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