is hep c curable

Is Hep C Curable? – Sept. 21, 2020

At One Community Health in Sacramento, we specialize in Hepatitis C treatment. We understand this can be a scary diagnosis and you might be wondering if hep C is curable. If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis C, let our team of compassionate experts help put your mind at ease. 

什麼是丙型肝炎? 

Hepatitis refers to a group of diseases characterized by inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C is a viral infection spread through contaminated blood. It causes liver inflammation and potentially serious liver damage. Without adequate treatment, chronic hepatitis C infections can lead to serious complications, including liver disease, liver scarring, and liver cancer. About half of people with HCV are unaware that they are infected, as symptoms can sometimes take years or decades to show up. Common symptoms of chronic hep c include:

  • 疲勞
  • 肌肉酸痛
  • 關節疼痛
  • 發燒
  • 噁心
  • 食慾差
  • 減肥
  • 肚子痛
  • 皮膚發癢
  • 深色尿液
  • 腿部腫脹
  • 黃疸
  • 腹水
  • 蜘蛛狀血管瘤
  • 肝性腦病

 

Is Hep C Curable? 

Yes. The good news is that chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is usually curable with oral medications taken every day. Antiviral drugs can cure more than 90 percent of people with chronic hepatitis C after 12 weeks of treatment. 

If severe complications have occurred from chronic hepatitis C, a liver transplant may be necessary. This alone does not cure the infection, as it commonly recurs after transplantation—but in conjunction with antiviral medications, it can be curative. 

The key to effective treatment is early diagnosis. Give us a call if you suspect they may have come into contact with the virus, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of hepatitis C.

Management of Hep C

Following these tips can help you manage your symptoms:

  • Avoid substances that are harmful to the liver, such as alcohol and some medicines and supplements
  • Follow your doctor’s treatment exactly
  • Avoid smoking
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Manage any other health conditions

 

Hep C Prevention

Hepatitis C can easily be prevented by:

  • 避免使用非法注射藥物,並在使用時尋求幫助。 
  • 選擇使用無菌設備的信譽良好的穿刺和紋身店。 
  • 練習安全的性行為。 

 

Is there a Hep C Vaccine? 

There currently isn’t a vaccine available for hepatitis C, although there is a vaccine for hepatitis A and B combined. Researchers have been working for 25 years to develop an effective vaccine for hepatitis C. While some of the vaccines being tested show promise, they will have to undergo much more testing before they are available to the public. 

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If you are looking for quality, affordable hep C treatment in Sacramento, our team of highly-experienced, compassionate professionals at 一社區衛生 looks forward to partnering with you. We want to help you live a healthy and productive life by focusing on your unique needs, regardless of your ability to pay.

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