drinking causes hep c

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idelia30
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   Posted 6/20/2012 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope this is not a dumb question. How does drinking alcohol turns into Hep C
I ask this is because a friend of mine have all the symptoms of hep C but he tells me the only way you get hep C is thru infected blood he is indenial  Please explain.

roxie47
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   Posted 6/20/2012 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
idelia30, hepatitus C is a blood born pathogen, meaning the only way one gets HepC is from a transference of blood. Dirty needles, transfusion, dirty needles with tattoos. Not from drinking. What you get from continous drinking is liver disease. HepC can be in your system for a LONG time before it starts to create problems. Hope this helps Pat

roxie47
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   Posted 6/20/2012 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Forgot to mention, HepC will, over time, damage the liver and the result is Cirrhosis of the liver.  My husband has HepC, Cirrhosis and is also insulin dependent diabetic.  I'm sure one of the moderators will show up and add more to what I said.  This is a good place to get educated about these issues.  People here are good caring people with a variety of different experiences.  Take care.  Pat

hep93
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   Posted 6/20/2012 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Just to be clear: Your friend is right. Hep C is only transmitted through contaminated blood. However, it can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Excessive alcohol use will cause cirrhosis, also, as well as end-stage liver disease. Drinking does not cause hep C, but it certainly can damage the liver...especially if one also has hep C.

Hugs,
Connie
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MamaLama
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   Posted 6/20/2012 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Advanced liver disease destroys the liver and makes it unable to process wastes and perform the over 600 jobs it has in our body. The liver becomes decompensated and eventually, without transplant, the patient will die.


If you just think of the word hepat-itis it would mean...disease of liver, just as tonsil-itis is disease of the tonsils, etc.



Many things can cause liver disease, including

Hep C, hep A, and hep B.

Alcoholism

Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH0

Hemachromatosis (too much iron in blood)

Fatty liver (sometimes called NASH --Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis.)

and some others



Hep C is acquired by blood to blood contact

IV drug use with shared needles

Tattoo practices with shared needles or paints (newer procedures are more sanitary)

Shared straws using inhaled drugs (with irritated or bleeding nasal tissues)

Sexual transmission if there are open sores (rare)

Unprotected medical transfer

battlefields where gloves don't really do the job

first responders at horrible accidents

sticks in error for medical professionals

Transfusions (hemophiliacs were at great risk before the bloods were tested for Hep C, etc.)



My partner, transplanted May 2011, had multiple problems

Alcoholic cirrhosis (daily drinker since 1960s)

Hep C (acquired by IV drug use late 1960s)

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) (found in February 2011)



The direct line between alcohol and Hep C, as I understand it, is that those whose livers are failing from Hep C increase the speed at which the liver fails by using alcohol. The real science behind it, I don't understand. I sort of explained it to myself that the little Hep C virus replicates faster when bathed in alcohol...that's likely not right at all, but it made sense to Mike.



The direct line between Hep C and HCC is that they find the incidence of liver cancer in the Hep C population is high. As if the Help C makes the liver ripe for spawning those little HCC tumors!



Hope this helps.



Mama Lama

Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 6/20/2012 10:54:23 PM (GMT-6)


roxie47
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   Posted 6/20/2012 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mama Lame, you explained it much better than I did. Chuck see his hepatoligist for the first time on the 29th and TODAY we got his first disability check! Phew.....Pat

hep93
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   Posted 6/20/2012 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news, Pat! Let us know the outcome of the hepatologist visit.

Hugs,
Connie
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

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idelia30
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   Posted 6/21/2012 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone on your input.

MamaLama
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   Posted 6/21/2012 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
@ Roxie. great about the disability check!  We never were successful.  Carol
 
@ idelia, keep us posted on your news. Carol
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Donnak64
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   Posted 6/26/2012 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
There is something called Alcoholic hepatitus which is caused by drinking alcohol but that is not the same as hep c...
 
drinking any alcohol with hep c and/or liver disease is like pouring gasoline on a fire. It accelerates the damage.

donna

Post Edited (Donnak64) : 6/26/2012 1:32:52 AM (GMT-6)

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