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I have hepatitis C I have had shortness of breath and pain under right side of ribs.Should i be very concerned?

I have hepatitis C I have had shortness of breath and pain under right side of ribs.Should i be very concerned?

Hep C: Yes. Any time that you have some illness potentially compromising lung function or impeding respirations this is a serious matter. The complications associated with hepatitis c are numerous, but before assuming this current problem is related you need further investigation. Hopefully you are seeing a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Hepatitis c injection" peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b) a" has many side effects. How can they be decreased.?

Hepatitis c injection" peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b) a" has many side effects. How can they be decreased.?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) / Benadryl: You can try premedicating with tylenol (acetaminophen) and benadryl. Alternate injection sites. Get plenty of rest. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Yes...maybe : Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...Read more

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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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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

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How do people contract hepatitis c?

How do people contract hepatitis c?

Contact with blood: One can catch hepatitis c from an infected person by getting the infected person's blood into oneself by activities such as: sharing needles during drug abuse, accidental needle-sticks, being born to a hepc+ mother, sharing razors or toothbrushes, or having sex. Transmission of hepc virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon. ...Read more

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How can hepatitis C start to form?

How can  hepatitis C start to form?

Start liver disease: When someone is exposed to hepatitis c, the virus can be detected in the blood by 2 -4 weeks, and antibody by 3 -6 months. Initially there is a lot of inflammation of the liver as the immune system tries to fight hcv (about 25% of the time the body wins and clears hcv). For 75% of people, over the next several decades there is slow development of scarring, which can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How can a person with, hepatitis C live?

How can a person with, hepatitis C live?

Normal: Majority of people with hep c live a normal life but have to take certain precautions. They learn to avoid certain products like alcohol, illicit drugs, medications which has tylenol, (acetaminophen) seek alternative therapies to maintain healthy liver function, and they live with constant hope of finding a cure. If hep c is associated with liver dysfunction, special interferon therapy can be used for suppression. ...Read 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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Should I get my bf tested for hepatitis c?

Should I get my bf tested for hepatitis c?

Yes: If you have to ask that question (based on your bf's past history), then the answer is yes, he should be tested. ...Read more

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How common is hepatitis C in united states?

Varies: Estimates are from 2.7 to 4.5 millions, but most patients are in the baby group born between 1946 and 1964. If you are in that group or older, you should get tested. ...Read more

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Can you get hepatitis C from snorting drugs?

Yes: In short, yes you can get hepatitis C from "snorting drugs" and from using intravenous drugs. This is the most common cause of contracting hepatitis C. The good news is that now a days, we can cure hepatitis C over 90% of the time compared to medications in the past. See a hepatologist for discussion regarding the new therapies. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C cause lots of unbearable pain?

Can hepatitis C cause lots of unbearable pain?

Where?: Hepatitis c can cause a number of problems like neuropathy that can be painful. But usually it does not cause severe pain anywhere. What exactly is the problem? ...Read more

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What is the difference between hepatitis C and b?

What is the difference between hepatitis C and  b?

Different viruses: These are two distinct viruses and illnesses....See your doctor and get tested. Hep b can be prevented with a vaccine, so can hep a but no vaccine for hep c. ...Read more

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How can I avoid spreading hepatitis C to my family?

How can I avoid spreading hepatitis C to my family?

Blood borne: Hepatitis can only be spread by direct blood to blood or in some circumstances sexually. You should have no worry with children and second degree relatives then. For your spouse/partner...Condoms are the best way to ensure the virus isn't spread. ...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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Can you tell me which are the symptoms of hepatitis c?

Usually none: Somet patients may become yellow soon after infection (jaundice), but most patient don't know they are infected until the liver becomes scarred down, or detected on routine blood tests, years after infection. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the only ways you can get hepatitis c?

Can you please tell me the only ways you can get hepatitis c?

Blood borne disease: Transmitted in high risk situations. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), or using nasal drugs, accidental needle stick in a healthcare worker, reused needles/medical equipment without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. A simple blood test can confirm if you have hep c. ...Read more

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Should it be okay to work around a person who has hepatitis c?

Should it be okay to work around a person who has hepatitis c?

Yes: As long as you are not intimate with the person and donot exchange body fluids, it is safe. Hep c is not transmitted through the air. ...Read more

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What important information should a person with hepatitis C be aware of?

To protect partners: Anyone who has being exposed to hep c most likely will expose a partner. Think safe sex, if you are married then your partner needs to be vaccinated against hep b. Most likely in the long run your partner will be exposed also to hep c. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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