Hepatitis C Doctor Specialist Treatment NYC
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that may cause damage to your liver long before you develop symptoms.
Our Staten Island, Bronx, or Brooklyn based Hepatitis C doctors can perform diagnostic procedures and treatments at any of our Triborough GI clinics.
One of our board-certified GI doctors will guide you through the procedure and provide advice and treatment for managing your Hepatitis C.
Don’t ignore Hepatitis C! If you’re at risk, schedule a visit and screening test at (718) 332-0600 with a specialist at Triborough GI at one of our Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island locations or book your appointment online.
What is Hepatitis C?
A Hepatitis C infection is caused by the Hepatitis C virus, which targets the liver and causes inflammation and irritation that can eventually lead to permanent liver damage. Complications related to Hepatitis C include scarring or cirrhosis of the liver, which can eventually cause liver failure. Rarely, Hepatitis C may lead to liver cancer.
How would I get Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is passed through the blood of an infected individual. Your risks for contracting the virus increase if you:
- Have a history of injecting or inhaling illicit drugs
- Are exposed to infected blood or experience an accidental stick from an infected needle as a health care worker
- Have HIV
- Have received a piercing or tattoo in an unsterile environment
- Received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
- Received hemodialysis treatments for an extended time
- Were born to a woman with a Hepatitis C infection
You’re also at higher risk for Hepatitis C infection if you were born between 1945 and 1965, which is the age group with the highest incidence of Hepatitis C infection. Persons in this range are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than those in other age groups.
What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C infection?
You may have Hepatitis C for decades before you begin to experience symptoms that are related to liver failure, which may include:
- Itchy skin
- Nausea, fatigue, and general loss of appetite
- Fever that’s often low-grade but persistent
- Pain in the muscles or joints that’s not explained by exercise or other issues
- Abdominal pain
- Jaundice, which causes yellowing of the skin and whites of your eyes
- Dark-colored urine
- Easy bruising
- Unexplained weight loss
- Confusion, drowsiness, and slurred speech associated with cirrhosis
How is Hepatitis C treated?
Hepatitis C is treated with antiviral medications. Traditionally, it took 12 months or longer to clear the virus with these drugs. More recently, oral medications have been introduced that may require treatment for only 2-6 months, but they must be taken daily.
When caught early, Hepatitis C can is curable and serious liver damage is preventable. If you think you’re at risk, schedule a visit at Triborough GI today.
Triborough GI has the top NYC gastroenterologists in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Our doctors provide only the most specialized and extensive care. Highly reputable and top rated in NYC, our gastroenterologists will thoroughly examine, diagnose and help treat your Hepatitis C.
Schedule an appointment at (718) 332-0600 today with one of our Triborough GI doctors at our Brooklyn, Staten Island or Bronx locations for any questions or concerns you have regarding Hepatitis C treatment.