Hepatitis C Treatment


tired-squareHepatitis C is a common infection that occurs in the liver. A person can contract Hepatitis C rather easily by coming in contact with blood that already carries the virus (typically through drug use or non sterile tattoo needles).

What makes Hepatitis C unique is that many individuals have virtually no symptoms. Therefore, if you think you could be at risk for Hepatitis C (even if you’ve had no symptoms), you should consider a simple blood test just to be safe.

For those that do experience symptoms, they are:

  • Pain in the stomach or abdomen
  • Soreness around the liver
  • Dark urine
  • A sore or achy feeling all over the body
  • Decreased appetite
  • Chronic fatigue or sleepiness
  • Yellowing of the eyes

Treatments for Hepatitis C

Individuals with Hepatitis C should focus on avoiding alcohol consumption and following a healthy, balanced diet. In addition, new antiviral medications are often effective in controlling the virus and curing Hepatitis, enabling you to live your life and resume normal activities.

In serious cases of Hepatitis C, a liver transplant may be the most effective option, but this is not required in most cases (especially if it is caught and treated early).

If you think you may have Hepatitis C or have already been diagnosed, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our gastroenterologists in order to formulate a gameplan for how to manage this viral liver infection effectively.

If you live in or near Glendale or Valley Stream, give our office a call to schedule your appointment.