Diagnosis of hepatitis C is done through two types of blood tests and often many patients who are less symptomatic of the virus are ignored and given generalized virus or fever medications for a long time. Many others, who are diagnosed with HCV cannot be given the proper medication for curing Hepatitis C for various reasons such as the condition of liver, the amount of virus in the body, type of Hepatitis C and other health conditions that make hepatitis C medicine unsuitable for use.
Hep c treatment has evolved drastically over a period of time. From the very harmful and complicated medicines involving pills and injections that came with a burden of side effects have now become a single pill course to treatment all major types of Hepatitis C. however, still there is a lot of work to be done in this genre as the advanced medicines also come with although comparatively less but still a set of side effects many patients find hard to deal with.
Apart from the side effects, these medicines do not work on all patients and all genotypes of hepatitis C. this makes the treatment pretty complicated as various medicines need to be tried to find out if the patient gets any relief or not. To top it all, all hepatitis C medicines are extremely expensive and most insurance plans also do not cover the expenses incurred for the treatment of hepatitis C unless the patient is in a critical condition.
Because hepatitis C changes your life and lifestyle drastically, often patients find a dire need for care and support at various levels apart from the medical care. Here we have some details about various types of care and treatment made available to HCV patients.
Short-Term (Acute) Hepatitis C
If your hepatitis C isn’t acute, chances are, you won’t even get diagnosed till a long time. If your infection is acute, it will catch your attention even in a short term. As hepatitis C is a contagious disease, most acute Hep C cases are caused due to getting in direct contact with a HCV patient and it is very usual in healthcare centres and hospitals where a trivial negligence can cause grave trouble.
In case a patient is diagnosed with acute hepatitis C and it hasn’t been very long since the virus entered the body, it is entirely up to your medical practitioner to decide when to start the treatment, what to prescribe and how long to continue the treatment. Depending on the genotype of the Hep C, medicines will be prescribed to the patient and there shouldn’t be aby sort of self medication done.
Long-Term (Chronic) Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C virus sometimes takes a back seat and becomes a passive part of your body without letting you realize for a long time. This makes your condition long-term chronic Hepatitis C. Although the symptoms in this case wouldn’t be high alarming and disturbing, but the long term effect of the virus on the patient’s body can be difficult to deal with. Hepatitis C affects the condition of liver adversely in long term. The patient is susceptible to liver cancer, liver failure and cirrhosis among various other liver and kidney related disorders. It is hence extremely important to get a routine blood test done to keep a check on liver condition and it’s working.
Patients with long term chronic hepatitis C are given antiviral medicines for 12 to 50 weeks to completely cure and treat the disease. Depending on your hepatitis C genotype, health condition and other medical disorders in the body, your medical practitioner prescribes the right combination of medication and treatment.
Types of care programs available for hepatitis C patients
Hepatitis C can adversely affect your entire life and lifestyle. Apart from the medical care and cure, your body, mind and spirit also needs palliative care to help you fight the illness and stay motivated and optimistic. Patients can opt for palliative care along with or without medical care and treatment. Palliative care will help you understand your health and mental state. It also helps in pain management, fighting the side effects such as sleep disorders, gastroenteritis, nausea, muscular pains, depression and anxiety. With palliative care, patients earn a better and healthier mind frame to be able to decide better about their treatment and life ahead.
This care type also helps your family members and loved ones to understand your condition, learn how to care for you, and help you better in your recovery. Your medical practitioner will be able to provide more details about palliative care in your locality.
Non-response or relapse
If your medicines fail to provide any relief or you discontinued your treatment for some reason, your doctor, with the treatment for non-response or relapse will be able to provide a better treatment plan and combination of medicines that can help you resume or start over your treatment. There might be some difference in the combination of medicines in case of relapse or non response and only a registered practitioner will be able to help you with that.
Treatment in critical condition
As the health condition worsens over a period of time due to ignorance, delayed start of treatment or non response, patients might end up in a critical, chronic condition. If a patient has been suffering from Hepatitis C for decades with or without knowledge, they might need treatment for critical condition.
It is awfully essential to check the condition of liver in such cases on a regular basis with pathological tests and manual check-up. Many patients require liver transplant in such condition as the liver stops working if hepatitis C persists for a long duration like 20 years or so. For alcoholics and people with drinking problems, drug addicts and depression patients however, liver transplant also seems to be an unviable option.
Preparing for the end of life
Hepatitis C is not a fatal disease, but 1 to 5% patients do get into a chronic state with severe liver damage that makes survival cynical. When liver damage is severe and transplant isn’t an option or couldn’t be done successfully, there are other medical conditions that attack the immune system and make recovery impossible, patients do need to think about end of life care and preparing for the death.
End of life care will help you and your family members prepare for the death. It also helps you with hospice care to maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage pains in this condition. This care support also helps you make crucial health decision such as whether you want to opt for CPR, living will and about organ donation.
It’s not the end yet
No matter how bad your hepatitis C is, it is always safe to get the vaccines for hepatitis A and B, although there is no vaccine available yet for HCV. These vaccines will help in saving your liver, which is already vulnerable, from further damages. The scientists are extensively working on developing vaccines for HCV and finding a cure through nanotechnology and gene therapy along with advanced medication with greater cure rate and faster recovery to decrease the suffering of the patients and their loved ones.
Hepatitis C Treatment Expenses
Treatment of Hepatitis C with new drugs can be a very expensive deal. Instead of spending a fortune on these medications, ask your health insurance company for programs you can benefit from and get financial aid from your insurer for your treatment.
We have put together is a complete turnkey package that will give everyone in need the ability to travel to India and receive their health changing medication. The trip is 7 days and all-inclusive except for lunch and dinner meals.
A lot of time and consideration went into finding the right medical facility and doctors. The best accommodations we could find and the transportation guides to make the clients feel extremely secure.
The price for the whole package is as follows,
$5,200 for one person.
Or $6,400 to include a companion.
We will also offer financing assistance if needed. We welcome any additional suggestions you might have. Also, we will encourage all of the clients to participate with the Imperial Medical College in London to achieve the needed information for assurance of their generic program.
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