Hepatitis C is a dangerous disease that spreads slowly and steadily without warning inside our body and attacks your liver. Since long medical researchers have been trying to come up with different cures for the said virus but they have been unable to produce a vaccine that is effective against all its genotypes.
A patient suffering from hepatitis C might not receive treatment depending on:
- The damage was done to liver
- Other related health conditions
- Amount of Hepatitis C virus in the body
- Genotype of the Hepatitis C virus one is suffering from,
This is because the Hepatitis C medicines are quite expensive, can have serious side effects and do not work for everyone.
Treatment For Acute Hepatitis C
Most people suffering from acute hepatitis C do not get treated due to the simple fact that they are unaware of the virus residing inside their body. If a person knows that he has been exposed in some way or the other to the virus, the Hepatitis C can be found early and efficiently be treated with medicines. In these cases, the earlier treatment may help prevent any long-term chronic infection associated with the disease however it is still a matter of debate as to when the ideal time is to start the treatment.
Treatment Of Chronic Hepatitis C
Since the symptoms of hepatitis C are not quite discernable and different from the typical diseases, it is quite common for the people to live with it for years without even knowing about it. So most of the people who are diagnosed find that they are already suffering from chronic hepatitis C.
Treatment is usually done by a combination of antiviral medicines to fight off the viral infection and prevent serious liver problems like cirrhosis or liver cancer as well. The medications have to be taken for 12 weeks a year to help your body get rid of the virus. Whether your body can handle the medicines are not is checked before prescribing the medication by the doctor through routine blood tests.
There are substantial differences noticed among people suffering from Hepatitis C. While some remain the same they were before diagnosis, others feel tired, sick and depressed. There are a few quick steps that can be followed at home to help one both physically and mentally.
- Take a little bit of rest. Make a flexible work schedule and ask others to help you
- Doing exercise is the best way to keep your body fit and stay away from depression. It also replenishes your energy storehouse. However, it’s wise to avoid strenuous exercises
- Nutritious meals should be taken to keep in check the already deteriorated health and at proper time intervals regularly
- Avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking and all other things that might further worsen the liver condition
- If you have an itching, ask your doctor to prescribe medicines without any side effects like diphenhydramine.
- Practice regular yoga. It helps keep your mind clear and energize the body