Posts for tag: Hepatitis C

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
June 15, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Hepatitis C  

Think you may have Hepatitis C? About 3.5 million people in the United States have Hepatitis C. But it causes few symptoms, so most of hepatitisthem don't know they have it. Dr. Jonathan Jensen at Front Range Gastroenterology Associates in Longmont, CO, offers state-of-the-art treatments for Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis Overview

"Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C a viral infection of the liver that leads to inflammation. When the liver is damaged or inflamed, its function can be affected. Hepatitis C is spread when your blood comes in contact with an infected person's blood. Over time, the disease can cause serious health issues including liver damage, liver cancer and liver failure.

Hepatitis C Symptoms

Many individuals with Hepatitis C don't have symptoms and don't know they are infected. According to Medical News Today, the average time from exposure to symptom onset is 4-15 weeks. When symptoms appear, they are often a sign of advanced liver disease. Symptoms for Hepatitis C can include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, sore muscles, nausea, abdominal pain, nausea, dark urine, joint pain and jaundice.

Hepatitis C Treatments

Treatment with a combination of antiviral medications can fight the infection and prevent serious health problems like liver cancer or cirrhosis. Your physician can help you decide whether medications are right for you. If you have developed serious complications from the disease, liver transplant surgery may be an option. During liver transplant surgery, the surgeon removes your liver and replaces it with a healthy liver.

Don't take risks with your health. The only way to know if you have Hepatitis C is to get tested. Don't wait another minute- call Front Range Gastroenterology at 303-776-6115 today to schedule an appointment in Longmont, CO. A simple hepatitis screening could save your life!

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
October 25, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Hepatitis C  

Hepatitis C is a complex and, if left untreated, dangerous bloodborne virus. About 150 million people around the world suffer from hepatitis chepatitis C. However, hepatitis C is a treatable disease. This makes knowing the common signs and symptoms of hepatitis C important in catching the condition before it does significant damage to the liver. Learn more about hepatitis C with your Dr. Jonathan Jensen, at Gastro MD in Longmont, CO.

What is hepatitis C? 
Hepatitis C is a virus which results in a disease which affects the liver. The disease is bloodborne and transferred by coming into contact with the blood of someone who has hepatitis C. Leaving hepatitis C untreated can result in serious conditions like cirrhosis of the liver or cancer. This disease often goes unnoticed until problems like liver damage surface. Luckily, hepatitis C is treatable and those living with the condition can lead fulfilling and normal lives with the help of various treatments and medications.

Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis C 
Some people who have been infected with hepatitis C do not show any symptoms. However, common symptoms which do present themselves are:

  • fatigue
  • stomach pain
  • sore joints
  • sore muscles
  • itchy skin
  • jaundice
  • dark urine

If you develop other conditions like cirrhosis of the liver, you may experience other symptoms, like swelling of the hands and feet, redness caused from blood vessels on the skin, confusion or memory problems. If you begin vomiting blood or having hallucinations, you should call 911 immediately. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you think you have contracted hepatitis C, have symptoms of hepatitis C or are at risk for hepatitis C, such as if you use IV drugs.

Hepatitis C Treatment in Longmont, CO
Hepatitis C can be acute, lasting only a short while, or chronic, lasting a long while. Treatments for acute hepatitis C include antiviral medications to decrease the risk of developing long-term hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C treatments include antiviral medications and taking preventative measures to monitor your liver’s health and prevent further problems. Your doctor can help you determine if medication is your best course of treatment.

If you think you may have contracted hepatitis C, it is very important to be seen by your doctor as soon as possible. For more information on hepatitis C, please contact Dr. Jensen at Gastro MD in Longmont, CO. Call (303) 776-6115 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jensen today.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
February 11, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Hepatitis C  
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