Chronic Hepatitis C
It is reported that up to 50 percent of people with chronic hepatitis C try some type of alternative treatment. If you are currently using alternative treatments, or are considering it, make sure to let your healthcare provider know. In order to keep you safe, it is important that your healthcare provider knows everything you are taking, including:
- Dietary supplements
- Herbal supplements
- Medications (whether prescription or over-the-counter).
For more information about specific alternative treatments for chronic hepatitis C, see the following eMedTV articles:
People who are diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C are naturally concerned about what the future holds. Understanding the disease and what to expect can help patients and their loved ones plan treatment, think about lifestyle changes, and make decisions about their quality of life and finances. Many people want to know their prognosis. They may ask their doctor for information or search for hepatitis C statistics on their own.
It is important to know that the hepatitis C virus, or HCV, can affect you much differently than it does someone else. For example, some people have very bad cirrhosis and late symptoms of hepatitis C after many years of having the disease, while others have very few scars. Of the people who have the virus for 20 years, approximately 20 percent, or one out of five people, will have severe scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver. Once cirrhosis develops, the person is at risk for many life-threatening complications.