Is there any treatment for hepatitis c?
Ah, Hepatitis C. The virus that has managed to make your liver its own personal playground. You may have gotten it from sharing needles or had an unprotected “session” with someone who has it. Either way, you want to know if there is a way out of this.
Good news! There are treatments available!
Understanding the complexities of Hepatitis C
Before we dive into what can be done to help treat and cure these annoying little guys, let’s first understand how they work.
What even is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver – not that your favorite organ is wearing cool shoes or anything (it’s internal). HEPATITIS OF THE LIVER IS BAD NEWS BEARS KIDS!
There are 5 different types of viral infections that decide they want to take up residency in our livers: A,B,C,D and E- but we’re only focusing on my main hater today- drumroll please…type C.
So what makes type c so special huh?
When you contract the hepatitis-C virus (cue dramatic music) it means your liver starts slowly getting inflamed and ceaseless damage begins For all informative purposes ,your big ol’ infant size bladder manages to clear most possible invaders when foreign bugs attempt to invade(don’t get too happy) This one however decides-it’s staying for good.(oh no don’t say that!)
Hep-C nests inside cells known as hepatocytes; if left untreated enough infected cells begin dying off which could lead ultimately down serious health complications including cirrhosis,liver cancer and death).
It might lie dormant in some lucky people until another sickness comes around readying itself like spiders waiting patiently in their elaborate webs before preying for their venomous throes…or something like that…
Now folks, the moment we’ve all been waiting for.
Different people may react differently to the virus, so I’m not going to say that one treatment is better than the other but let’s dive in & understand why these 2 are highly recommended more often.
You must be familiar with antivirals? They’re like your liver’s personal bodyguards who come ready to fight the Hep-C villains.
The most effective and widely used drugs today include:
1) Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs): These guys work by disrupting some of HCV#’s key processes thus hindering their ability to reproduce etc.(you know what hinders means,don’t pretend you don’t!)Ruh-roh;with no places left where they could live inside our liver cells long term,they eventually die.
Thankfully though unlike DAAs ,these branded dudes only need a couple weeks worth of pills before your body starts seeing noticeable signs of eradication
2)Ribavirin: This guy seems like something from another planet name-wise doesn’t it? Just call it “ribi” please…Lessie… Ribi works by inhibiting replication thereby killing off viral cells hence helping curtail any extra cell death or cirrhosis-related junk,
Frequent side-effects can vary person-to-person somehow includes chronic headaches,fatigue,dizziness,& nausea making heavy physical activities challenging at best,but always consult with an expert b4 taking anything).It’s beneficial in combination treatments .
Deciding Which Treatment To Embark On
Choosing just which type of antiviral medication management would likely work well enough for YOU dearly requires expert opinion. Your genotype(I think this isn’t referring viruses u mouses),medical history,and potential factors such as present medications are directly gonna influence which stuff suits you highest .Going ahead without investing properly into health checkups might raise higher chances of inadequate responses to antiviral medications.
Everybody likes alternatives, same old medicine can get boring..
However, most credible organizations such as the American Liver Foundation reports that there are only a few alternative options with significant supportive evidence suitable for use whilst treating hepatitis C.
1) Silymarin:This is often known after its popular brand milk thistle.This weird guy works by decreasing damaging effects like liver inflammation and killing bacterial infections(Pretty cool right?)
There’s minimal scientific proof but silymarins are basically thought to be herbaceous plants- maybe part of what some people refer to as weeds or just random green leafy things growing in our backyards which bear potential medicinal value(reality checks everybody!)
Most people may initially find this odd at first (I definitely did too), acupuncture has actually been used in traditional eastern treatments for thousands of years(Take that West )It supposedly enhances immune functions while helping decrease chronic pain etc.If you’re keen try it out (seek doctor’s opinions).
Hepatitis c may seem a nightmare at first sight; however,you ought not feel desperate! It might be bothersome & restrictive on urine emission( I made this up,but could relate if your kidneys were affected )but treatment changes lives. Armed with these actionable insights surrounding both conventional & natural medication approaches,ridding anything HEPATITIS C caused needn’t torment anyone any longer.