If you suspect you may be at risk of a hepatitis C infection, consult with your primary physician about getting screened as soon as possible. Upon having been diagnosed with hepatitis C, you will likely be referred to a specialist. A group of medical professionals is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with hepatitis C, including:
A hepatologist. A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of liver conditions.
A gastroenterologist. A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal conditions.
An infectious disease specialist. A doctor who diagnoses and treats infectious conditions.
A nurse practitioner. A nurse practitioner whose specialty lies in treating patients with liver conditions.
Nurse practitioners are licensed nurses who are trained to carry out some of the duties that used to be only assigned to physicians. Nurse practitioners are part of a healthcare team and are equipped to offer a wide array of medical services such as the diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions.
Questions You Should Ask Your Healthcare Team About Hepatitis C
Have a list of questions–such as the ones below–ready for your doctor’s appointment to get the most out of your time with your physician, which can provide you with a better understanding of hepatitis C and its management. Having a family member or a close friend accompany you to your appointment may also be helpful as they can take notes as you pay full attention to your physician.
1. What are the standard tests needed?
2. What are the medications in use for the treatment of hepatitis C?
3. Do the medications have any serious side effects?
4. When should I get in touch with you? What would be a cause for concern?
5. How much physical activity am I allowed to get? Am I allowed to have sex?
6. Are there any medications I should not use?
7. Are there any self-care strategies that can slow down the progression of the infection?
8. How can I lower your risk of passing the virus on to others?
9. Are members of my family at any risk of catching hepatitis C?
10. Should I get immunizations against other hepatitis types?
11. How will you monitor the state of my liver?
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