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  1. Hepatitis C - Other Treatment

    Some people seek out complementary medicines or alternative ways to treat their hepatitis C.

  2. Hepatitis C Guide - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when you should call a doctor about hepatitis C.

  3. Hepatitis C Guide - Symptoms

    Learn about the two forms of hepatitis C and their symptoms.

  4. Hepatitis C Guide - Exams and Tests

    Learn about exams and tests for hepatitis C.

  5. Hepatitis C Guide - Surgery

    If chronic hepatitis C damages your liver so severely that it no longer works well, you may need a liver transplant to extend your life.

  6. Hepatitis C Guide - Prevention

    There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, but you can reduce your risk of becoming infected if:You do not share needles to inject drugs. If you are injecting drugs, the best way to protect yourself is by not sharing needles or other equipment (such as c

  7. Combination Antiviral Therapy for Hepatitis C

    Drug details for Combination antiviral therapy for hepatitis C.

  8. Physical Exam for Hepatitis C - Topic Overview

    Your doctor will do a physical exam to look for signs of hepatitis C infection. The exam will include:Taking your temperature to see whether you have a fever.Feeling the upper part of your belly to see whether your liver or spleen is enlarged.Feeling the glands in your neck, under your arms, and in your groin to see whether they are swollen.Your doctor also may check for the following signs of advanced liver disease:Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice)Appearance of clusters of blood vessels just below the skin that look like tiny red spiders. These usually appear on the chest and shoulders.Redness on the palms of the hands caused by expansion of small blood vessels Fluid in the bellySwelling of the legs and feet Varicose veins spreading out from the navel

  9. Hepatitis C Genotypes - Topic Overview

    Six major strains (genotypes) of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) cause infection. You may be infected with more than one genotype at a time.Genotype 1 is the most common strain in the United States.Genotypes 1, 2, and 3 are found worldwide.Genotype 4 is found throughout northern Africa.Genotype 5 commonly is found in South Africa.Genotype 6 is common in Asia.Genotype testing is done with a blood test.How genotype affects treatmentAlthough genotype tests are not used to diagnose HCV infection, they may be done before treatment begins. Knowing the genotype may help a doctor choose the best treatment plan. You should know your genotype before treatment starts.Antiviral medicines are more likely to work for people who have genotype 2 or 3. If blood tests show that you have responded to antiviral therapy (the virus is not detected in your blood) after 6 months, treatment may be:Continued for another 6 months, if you are infected with genotype 1.Stopped, if you are infected with genotype 2 or

  10. Protease Inhibitors (PIs) for Hepatitis C

    Drug details for Protease Inhibitors (PIs) for Hepatitis C.

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