Save Your Liver: Get Treatment for Hepatitis C
There are three types of hepatitis – A, B, and C. All of them will damage your liver if left untreated. The treatment you receive will depend on which type of hepatitis you have and how much damage your liver has already sustained. Treatment may include rest and hydration, vaccination against other forms of hepatitis, antiviral medications, virus-fighting Interferon injections, and in the worst of cases, liver transplant.
Hepatitis screenings are available at Allied Digestive Disease Center in Houston for any patient who experiences symptoms of the infection or who believe they may have been exposed to the virus. A hepatitis screening might be appropriate for you if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have HIV
- Have abnormal liver testing results
- Have had many sexual partners
- Share needles
- Are taking immune system suppressants
- Live in a place where hepatitis B or C is common
- Live with someone who has hepatitis
What Are the Differences Between Hepatitis A, B, and C?
Hepatitis A rarely requires intervention. Most people will recover from Hepatitis A without anything more than rest and hydration. Hepatitis B, which is the most common variety of hepatitis, will most often also resolve itself over a short period of time, but in some cases, it can lead to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer. Hepatitis C are is much more serious and can result in additional health complications including liver damage. Most hepatitis C infections do not go away and eventually lead to chronic liver disease. Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are caused by sharing bodily fluids; Hepatitis C is most often caused by sharing needles.
What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis C?
If you have Hepatitis C, you need to seek treatment as quickly as possible to protect your liver. You may be experiencing symptoms that are easy to dismiss, such as a decreased appetite or itching skin. However, if you notice that you are bruising or bleeding more easily than usual, or you have unexplained weight loss, dark colored urine, or yellowing skin and eyes, it is urgent that you make an appointment to be tested and start treatment.
If you are experiencing symptoms of hepatitis, visit Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.