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What to do if I have hepatitis c?

What to do if I have hepatitis c?

Testing first: OK..firstly theres a couple things we need to know. There are several genotypes to hepatitis C...we need to know which you have. Second check a viral load. Third, liver function tests, AFP, CEA and GGT. A Hep C Fibrosure will indicate if there is liver fibrosis. There is a new med just out called Harvoni. Before this..treatment was with interferon and ribaviron. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more


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What to do if I have hepatitis C and interferon did not work..?

What to do if I have hepatitis C and interferon did not work..?

Hep C Rx: Treatment options include: Direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Both new pills - Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) - work better than the current treatment for hepatitis C. They cure it more often & in less time ...Read more

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For days now I have been having horrible pain under my left rib cage I can't hardly sleep at night it sometimes shots up my left arm I do have hepatitis c but it's never bothered me before what could it be?

For days now I have been having horrible pain under my left rib cage I can't hardly sleep at night it sometimes shots up my left arm I do have hepatitis c but it's never bothered me before what could it be?

Left rib cage pain: May be constipation( try milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) x 2 days), could be gastritis, with or without h pylori, try maalox or ranitidine or prilosec, rarely could be pancreas( blood work),gallbladder (sonogrm) or cardiac( EKG,echo) or clot( d-dimer. Are you on any medications? could be related to that as well? Liver is on the right but pain can always occur in unusual places. F/U w/ urgent care/ ER today ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hepatitis c?

How do I know if I have hepatitis c?

Hep C: Jandice may occur (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Abdominal pain, fever and weight loss are also seen. In the vast majority of cases people have no idea and are finding it incidentally. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis c?

A virus: Hepatitis c is a virus that affects the liver. It is transmitted by blood contact. About 20% of people fight it off quickly. The rest it keeps attacking the liver for years/ decades. Some people get fatigue, some don't notice it. Around 20 years of this attack the liver develop cirrhosis and even failure. There are treatments available, although work is being done on better options. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis C?

Infection: it is a viral infection that affects the liver ...Read more

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What causes hepatitis c?

Cause of Hepatitis C: This is one of the viruses that cause inflammation and prolonged damage to the liver. The main viruses are given alphabet labels to distinguish them from each other. Hepatiits a is food and water born and some oral ingestion. Hepatitis b is at high risk in blood and body fluid transmission . And hep c is found predominantly in the drug using populations, especially injectors. ...Read more

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Does hepatitis C have a cure?

Possibly: There are several treatments, but depending on the person and the strain of virus, not everyone is cured. ...Read more

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Can I be cured of hepatitis c?

Can I be cured of hepatitis c?

Yes: Depending on the genotype, the cure rate can be over 90%. New medications make treatment easier and the results better. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
568 doctors shared insights

Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more