Hepatitis C is a virus that initially causes an acute illness, but in many people, it develops into a chronic condition that causes extensive liver damage. If you have hepatitis C, Aaron Rosenberg, MD, at Rosenberg Medical Clinic in Mequon, Wisconsin, can help with hepatitis C treatment. Dr. Rosenberg uses medications including Epclusa® and Mavyret™ to cure hepatitis C in just a few months. Prevent liver disease by getting treatment for hepatitis C now. Call Rosenberg Medical Clinic or use the online form to schedule a consultation today.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease that develops after exposure to the hepatitis C virus. Infection can cause a mild short-term sickness or become a chronic, lifelong condition.
Acute hepatitis C starts to affect you within six months of your exposure to the virus and may lead to chronic hepatitis C. If you don't get treatment for chronic hepatitis C, you could develop potentially life-threatening liver damage like cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.
More than 50% of people who get acute hepatitis C then develop chronic hepatitis C and require specialized treatment.
Hepatitis C lives in the blood of someone who already has the infection, and most hepatitis C cases affect people who share drug-taking equipment like needles. You can also pick up the infection if you incur a needlestick injury at a hospital or health clinic. Pregnant women sometimes pass on hepatitis C to their babies.
Less frequent forms of hepatitis C transmission include sharing personal items like razors or toothbrushes that could have blood on them. Some hepatitis C infections take place during sexual intercourse.
If you've had hepatitis C, you don't develop an automatic immunity to the infection as you would with many other diseases. Therefore, you could catch the disease more than once.
Acute hepatitis C infection often causes few or even no symptoms, but if they are present, they could include:
If you have some of these symptoms, visit Rosenberg Medical Clinic for testing.
In many cases, people only realize they have hepatitis C when a routine blood test detects the infection.
There's no cure for acute hepatitis C, but if you know you have the condition, Rosenberg Medical Clinic can monitor you to see if you develop chronic hepatitis C.
If chronic hepatitis C sets in, there are several medications available that cure most people. Epclusa contains velpatasvir and sofosbuvir, and Mavyret is an antiviral combination agent.
Both medications treat all forms of hepatitis C, with treatment lasting from eight to 16 weeks. Cure rates for Epclusa and Mavyret range from 92% to 100% over two to three months.
For effective hepatitis C treatment, call Rosenberg Medical Clinic or book an appointment online today.