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I Was Told That I Have Hep C Is There A Cure Pr Treatment Available
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
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
I had hep c. I'm now cured but my skin has been really itchy after treatment. My cure date was over 2 years ago. Why am i still so itchy?
Bar soap vaseline: Stop using liquid soaps as they are removing all your natural barriers. Mild bar soap like dove or aveeno bars are best. Antibacterial soaps are bad and pre-select resistant bacteria. No lotions only pure vaseline massaged sparingly. Lotions evoporate and dry you out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hep c and would like in laymans terms signs and symptoms of liver failure i was told that I have hep c about a year or so ago and i would like to know signs physically when things are getting bad. I have not had any treatments at this time. My medi
There are several.: Most patients with hep c (hcv) don't develop liver failure. Liver failure develops only after patients have developed cirrhosis. Signs of liver failure are often first seen in the blood (low albumin, elevated inr). Fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (encephalopathy) are also signs of a failing liver. Jaundice (yellow) is not necessarily a sign of failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recently cured from Hep C. Had mildly elevated liver enzymes and no liver damage. Have to take Acutane (exhausted treatments) for Severe Acne. Can I?
I say yes: Your prescribing detmatologist will need to make the determination that the need for preventing the grave consequences of your acne (barrier to employment, mutilation) outweighs the theoretical, minimal danger of actual liver injury. As a pathologist, I saw the call is easy if your liver is now otherwise healthy. ...Read more
I have hep C 1a and have had it for t least 6 years but have not started treatment yet, the doc keeps holding off . When should I start treatment?
AASLD/IDSA guideline: Reference: www.hcvguidelines.org/full-report/initial-treatment-hcv-infection-patients-starting-treatment. A number of factors are considered in what therapy & when to start based on interferon-eligibility, fibrosis score, insurance coverage (some treatment regimens exceed $170,000 for a 12-week supply). Fear-not, since lots more Rx options are on the way in the coming months. ...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
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
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
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