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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Overview)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.


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How does hepatitis C usually begin?

How does hepatitis C usually begin?

Asymptomatically: This is a viral infection which over time causes liver damage. It is typically transmitted from one person to another by sharing needles, Cocaine straws and by blood transfusions received before 1991. It can cause fatigue but most have no symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Overview)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.


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Is jaundice a common symptom of hepatitis c?

Is jaundice a common symptom of hepatitis c?

Yes: Jaundice is a common symptom of hepatitis, but does not occur in all cases. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c (Tip)

Sometimes, hepatitis c viruse infection can happen along with hepatitis b virus. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis C (Checklist)

Find a doctor who specializes in treating people with hepatitis C
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Stop drinking alcohol until you find out how your liver is doing
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Get an HCV viral load test to make sure you have an active infection
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Get vaccinated for hepatitis B if you have not already been exposed to it
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What are the main symptoms of hepatitis c?

What are the main symptoms of hepatitis c?

HCV symptoms: Chronic hepatitis C is usually asymptomatic. Very rarely rashes, joint pains and worsening renal function can be a presentation apart from presentation of chronic liver disease. ...Read more

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What are early signs of hepatitis c?

What are early signs of hepatitis c?

Depends: After someone is exposed to hcv, most people have no symptoms. It is called a "silent epidemic" because people can live 20 - 40 years with no symptoms, or maybe just feeling tired, while the hcv is causing liver damage. Since many people were infected in the 1960-1980's, they have already experienced damage. This is why everyone born between 1945-1965 should be tested. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c (Tip)

To prevent infecting others, avoid sharing razors, toothbrushes, and nail clippers if you have hep c. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis A (Checklist)

Drink plenty of fluids
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Maintain strict personal hygiene
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Follow a bland diet
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If you start feeling worse, call a doctor immediately
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Does hepatitis C have a cure?

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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My friend was recently diagnosed with hepatitis c. What are the chances she has any serious damage in the near future?

It depends: Please encourage your friend to see someone with experience taking care of people with hepatitis c. She needs your support. Women are less likely to progress to severe scarring or cirrhosis than men. The most important intervention she can make right now is to stop drinking any alcohol. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c (Tip)

Anyone born between 1945 and 1965 in the United States should probably get screened for Hepatitis C. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis B (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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Follow the recommended therapy completely
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Notify your doctor if you're pregnant
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Get periodic repeat blood tests
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How do they test for hepatitis c?

How do they test for hepatitis c?

Test for Hep C: I'm not sure what you meant by taking chances. That aside, if a healthy person is exposed to hepatitis c and becomes infected with it, blood tests can often detect the new infection within 2 to 4 weeks following the exposure (hepatitis c RNA and liver enzymes). If a new infection is detected early, with current drug treatment, the chance of cure from hepatitis c is well over 90%. ...Read more

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What are the available tests for hepatitis c?

What are the available tests for hepatitis c?

Bloods/SONO/biopsy: Screen with eia (enz imm assay), confirm (+) with riba (recomb imm assay) and/or RNA (quantitative); genotype if (+) can determine duration of rx, and/or need for biopsy. Bloods for scarring/fibrosis are good at extremes, not in the middle. Sono (sound wave picture) can show anatomy/tumors. Biopsy looks at liver cells, to assess extent of inflammation, acute/chronic damage, help decision re: rx. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c (Tip)

Myth: you can catch hepatitis c from a toilet. ...See more

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Can you have hepatitis C and never know?

Can you have hepatitis C and never know?

Yes: Having hepatitis c usually doesn't cause signs or symptoms until cirrhosis develops. The new cdc recommends that everyone born between 1945-1965 get tested. If you are concerned, there is a simple blood test that can be done to determine if you have hep c. ...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

Dr. Maritza Baez Dr. Baez
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Hepatitis c (Tip)

Do tell your partner if you have hepatitis c. ...See more

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What does less than 0.1 mean on hepatitis C test?

What does less than 0.1 mean on hepatitis C test?

Antibody negative?: If you are looking at the hepatitis c antibody result, you may be seeing the signal to cut-off ratio. If so, this is a low value and means no hepatitis c infection. If this answer does not make sense, please provide more information. ...Read more

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Are there effective medications to treat hepatitis c?

Are there effective medications to treat hepatitis c?

Yes: There several antiviral medications being used mostly in the university setting for patients who test postitve for hepatitis c. These medications show great promise in slowing the disease process and decreasing the viral load in your blood. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c (Tip)

The development of new drugs for hepatitis c is the most rapid in medical history. Very exciting! ...See more

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Who can be treated for hepatitis c?

Who can be treated for hepatitis c?

Everybody: Everybody should be treated for hepatitis C. There are however certain exceptions in which patients may not be able to be treated due to interactions with other medications, or other unstable medical conditions which would preclude treatment ...Read more

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Ever since I started treatment for hepatitis c, I've been getting terrible coughs. Is this normal?

It can be: Ribavirin is known to cause cough as a side effect. However, your doctor should listen to your lungs to determine if there is any wheezing or signs of pneumonia. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c (Tip)

It doesn't matter how anyone was exposed to hepatitis c. What matters is getting diagnosed! ...See more

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What are treatments for hepatitis c?

What are treatments for hepatitis c?

Various: Combinations of antivirals (peg-interferon and ribavirin) and the newer protease inhibitors, as well as avoidance of alcohol and other hepatotoxins. ...Read more

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How likely is it that interferon and ribavirin will help cure hepatitis c?

How likely is it that interferon and ribavirin will help cure hepatitis c?

Depends: That depends on which genotype of hcv you have. In general, it's easier to cure hepatitis c with a combination of interferon, ribavirin, and an hcv protease inhibitor than with interferon and Ribavirin alone. However, there are some hcv genotypes that have a high cure rate without the protease inhibitor. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Hepatitis c (Tip)

Hepatitis c: considering a piercing? Older style piercing guns have ^ risk of disease transmission. ...See more

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I have hepatitis c, is there a treatment to help prevent my child from contracting it?

I have hepatitis c, is there a treatment to help prevent my child from contracting it?

Not specificly: Roughly 5% of infants born to hep c mothers will acquire the infection. The mothers igg antibody to hep c that would indicate prior infection will persist up to 18 months in baby so a + test would not be specific for baby prior to 18 mo. There is a specific test for hep c RNA that can be preformed at 1-2 mo. That would be specific for the baby. See red book, 28ed 2009.P358-360. ...Read more

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Are there any new drugs for treatment of hepatitis c?

Yeah! 2 new ones: 2 new drugs, protease inhibitor-type drugs approved. Added to the standard interferon/ribavirin rx. Different dose schedules. Big help in improving response rates, even in prior relapsers and nonresponders to rx; might decrease duration of rx.
More in the drug research pipeline. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Hepatitis c (Tip)

Hepatitis c support project recommends against body piercings performed with a piercing gun. ...See more

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