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Can You Get Rid Of Hep C
I have a ton of tiny red dots all over my skin. I'm wondering if it could possibly be because of my hep c. Also is there something i can do to get rid?
Angiomas: Angiomas usually appear at or near the surface of the skin anywhere on the body, and may be considered bothersome depending on their location. However, they may be present as symptoms of another more serious disorder, such as cirrhosis. When they are removed, it is generally for cosmetic reasons. Removal is with laser therapy. ...Read more
Several reasons : Every patient with hepatitis c infection does not need treatment. The decision on treatment depends on the viral load and the amount of liver damage as well as what strain of hepatitis c a person has. Often some patients cannot tolerate the treatment because of side effects. ...Read more
Hepatitis C: Well Barbra, a very small number of people are lucky enough to clear the hepatitis virus on their own..most do not. A simple antibody test will show if you have been exposed. Then your doctor needs to determine the virus genotype, viral load and if there are any liver complications like cirrhosis or elevated enzymes. Treatment has just gotten amazingly better with 1 pill a day for 12 weeks. ...Read more
When someone loses insurance and is not working and is broke how does someone get help with hep c treatment ,do i just die.......?
Hep c treatment: Seek a research center. Seek Hep C treatment center there. Likely they will have a research protocol that will not cost. ...Read more
For hepatitis C what medication do you prescribe? What should be diet plan? And what i need to do to get rid of this?
Its tough: Hepatitis c is a virus and viruses are difficult to kill. There is a 10-15% chance that your body will kill the virus by itself and you will then have lifelong immunity to it. Otherwise it is likely that you will have the virus for life. As for diet: you will want to avoid things that can be toxic to you liver like alcohol and acetaminophen. You will need to see a doctor for specific treatmen. ...Read more
If i had hep c and did the treatment to get rid of it and I have been in remission for 2 years what are the chances it can come back?
Great Options: Recommend confirming hep c RNA and genotype in the blood. This will help the hepatologist determine treatment options including pegylayed interferon, Ribavirin and/or telaprevir or boceprevir. There are many molecules to treat this disease in development which may be available in a clinical trial. Cure rates have continued to greatly improve ...... ...Read more
New meds - see doc: Depends on what treatment didnt work and what genotype you have. If you had treatment years ago with just interferon or combination of interferon and ribavirin, you may be eligible for triple therapy with a newer medication (telepravir or bocepravir) in combination with the other 2. This wold be based on genotype 1 disease. There are newer meds in clincal trial that will hopefully be avail soon. ...Read more
See an acupuncturist: Consider a chinese medicine evaluation and treatment by a trained practitioner. ...Read more
Lots to consider...: Your answer depends on several factors: 1) were you naive to treatment or were you being retreated for past relapse or failure to respond? 2) what's your viral burden & genotype? 3) what are your co-morbidities & ethnic background? 4) what treatment did you get & what options have since been offered? 5) how did you tolerate the 6-month course (side effects, dose-limiting)? 6) co-infections? ...Read more
I was diagnosed with hep c and thinking about not going through the treatment of shots and pills what is the worse that can happen?
Death: Unfortunately, the true answer is, if severe, worsening, and left untreated, hepatitis c may eventually lead to damage causing death. Discuss your specific case intensely with your treating dr. Before stopping treatment to ensure you are fully aware of the implications in your specific case. Best wishes. ...Read more
I was told that I can't be treated for hep c because the specific treatment is not covered by the government! Who do I contact to advocate for myself?
Research internet: Start with Canadian Liver Foundation and CATIE. They should be able to direct you to the right place. One of my patients US kept contacting the manufacturer of the Hepatitis C drugs and was able to get into a trial and received rx for free. Of course there are many details like which genotype you have, eligibility for drug. Do not give up. ...Read more
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