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Treatment of Hepatitis C

Welling Clinic offers highly specialised treatment protocol to relieve viral load in Hepatitis C and offers long term relief. The treatment protocol has been developed after an exhaustive in-house research. Our clinics consults for more than 1800 patients of Hepatitis C globally, every year. You too can be benefitted by our expertise.

What is Hepatitis C?

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver.

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver.

It results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.”

Causes of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C infection is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

You can catch hepatitis C if the blood of someone who has hepatitis C enters your body. Exposure may occur:

  • After a needle stick or sharp injury
  • If blood from someone who has hepatitis C contacts a cut on your skin or contacts your eyes or mouth

People at risk of hepatitis C are those who:

  • Inject street drugs or share a needle with someone who has hepatitis C
  • Have been on long-term kidney dialysis
  • Have regular contact with blood at work (such as a health care worker)
  • Have unprotected sexual contact with a person who has hepatitis C
  • Were born to a mother who had hepatitis C
  • Received a tattoo or acupuncture with needles that were not disinfected properly after being used on another person (risk is very low with practitioners who have a tattoo license or permit or an acupuncture license)
  • Received an organ transplant from a donor who has hepatitis C

Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Most people who are recently infected with hepatitis C do not have symptoms.

Some people have yellowing of the skin (jaundice) that goes away. Chronic infection often causes no symptoms. But tiredness, skin disorders and other problems can occur. Persons who have long-term (chronic) infection often have no symptoms until their liver becomes scarred (cirrhosis).

Most people with this condition are ill and have many health problems.

The following symptoms may occur with hepatitis C infection:

  • Pain in the right upper abdomen
  • Abdominal swelling due to fluid (ascites)
  • Clay-colored or pale stools
  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Itching
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting

Types of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.”

Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection.

Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the Hepatitis C virus remains in a person’s body. Hepatitis C virus infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.

Other types of viral hepatitis include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis D

Diagnosis of Hepatitis C

Blood tests are done to check for hepatitis C:

  • EIA assay to detect hepatitis C antibody
  • Hepatitis C RNA assays to measure virus levels (viral load)

Genetic testing is done to check for the type of hepatitis C (genotype). There are six types of the virus (genotypes 1 through 6). Test results can help your doctor choose treatment that is best for you.

The following tests are done to identify and monitor liver damage from hepatitis C:

  • Albumin level
  • Liver function tests
  • Prothrombin time
  • Liver biopsy

Treatment for Hepatitis C

Common medicines used include peginterferon and antiviral drugs. These medicines are aimed at:

  • Helping the body get rid of the virus.
  • Reducing the risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer, which can result from long-term HCV infection.

A liver transplant may be recommended for persons who develop cirrhosis and liver cancer. Your health care provider can tell you more about liver transplant.

Prognosis of Hepatitis C

Most people with hepatitis C infection have the chronic form.

The goal of treatment is to reduce the chance of liver damage and liver cancer. A good response to treatment occurs when the virus is no longer detected in the blood after treatment.

Prevention of Hepatitis C

Things that can be done to prevent the spread of hepatitis C from one person to another include:

  • Health care workers should follow precautions when handling blood.
  • Do not share needles with anyone.
  • Do not get tattoos or body piercings or receive acupuncture from someone who does not have a permit or license.
  • Do not share personal items such as razors and toothbrushes.
  • Practice safer sex.

If you or your partner is infected with hepatitis C and you have been in a stable and monogamous (no other partners) relationship, the risk of giving the virus to, or getting the virus from, the other person is low.

Hepatitis C virus cannot be spread by casual contact, such as holding hands, kissing, coughing or sneezing, breastfeeding, sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses.

Homeopathic treatment for Hepatitis C

Treatment mainly depends upon medical and general health condition of the patient.

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based on individual patient and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach.

This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat Hepatitis C infection but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for Hepatitis C treatment that can be selected on the basis of the complaints of patients and customised for each patient.

For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person.

Some important remedies often prescribed at Welling Clinic for the treatment of Hepatitis C are : Chelidonium, Bryonia, Podophylum, Lycopodium, Nux-Vomica, Myrica Cerifera.