What to Think about Before Hepatitis Treatment

Factors to Consider before Treating Hepatitis

Hepatitis is the inflammation of liver tissue, which is usually due to viral infections or too much alcohol consumption. This disease is also due to disorders found in the pancreas or gall bladder. Hepatitis has five main categories. These are type A, type B, type C, type D and type E. These five hepatitis viruses are given much concern, since they can greatly burden an individual, especially when the disease is very serious.

It may also lead to death if not given proper hepatitis treatment.

Symptoms of Hepatitis

Hepatitis has different symptoms that are often confused with everyday illnesses and more minor illnesses. Some of the symptoms of hepatitis are as follows:

  • Jaundice when your skin and the white portion of your eyes turns yellow
  • Anorexia or appetite loss
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in joints and muscles which lasts for weeks
  • Low blood sugar (caused by hepatitis type A)
  • Insomnia
  • Pruritus, or itching of the soles of feet and palms of hand
  • Lymphadenopathy due to inflammation of your lymph nodes. It appears mostly on armpits, neck and groin.

Factors to Consider before Treating Hepatitis

There are many considerations that specialists should take into account before the hepatitis treatment. Although antiviral treatments offer promise in eliminating chronic hepatitis, the treatment will still last longer. The process can be difficult and treatment can be very expensive.

In order to start the treatment, the verdict of the medical team and patient should be based on the patient’s circumstances, characteristics and an evaluation of the overall treatment benefits and risks. There are instances that the patient should first visit a specialist such as a hepatologist, in order to gather all the details needed to make a sound decision.

During the preparations of the treatment plan, there are factors that you need to consider…

Severity and Type of Hepatitis

Timing is one of the primary factors that you should consider if you want to know the level of damage of hepatitis in your liver. Patients with mild liver disease can defer hepatitis treatment. However, some types, especially hepatitis C, are very serious and patients often try to do absolutely anything to be able to get rid of it. For this case, the patient’s feelings and interest in the treatment should be considered.

Treatment Contraindications

Some behavioral or medical health conditions such as pregnancy and lifestyle choices can contraindicate the treatment for chronic hepatitis. Some of the contraindications are as follows:

  1. Unrestrained psychiatric disorders such as bipolar, depression and schizophrenia.
  2. Former solid organ transplantation such as lungs, heart and renal.
  3. Conditions like pulmonary disease, uncontrolled hypertension, and coronary heart disease.
  4. Hypersensitivity or allergy to medications such as ribavirin and interferon. 

    Existence of more Serious Problems

    There are certain health issues that must be taken into consideration before starting the treatment process. Some of the considerations include treatments for hepatitis infection and other threatening conditions, stabilization of the substance or mental disorder, and meeting basic needs. There are also instances where the client might also need to make preparations before starting the antiviral treatment, which depends mostly on the severity and number of stressors in their lives.

    Those are just a few of the factors that you need to consider before starting the hepatitis treatment. Hepatitis may become severe if it is not treated well and possibly lead to death. However, there are also ways to prevent this kind of disease.

    Hepatitis Prevention

    If you don’t want to have fatal hepatitis, there are still ways to prevent it from invading your body. Some of the prevention methods are as follows:

    • Getting hepatitis A and B vaccines
    • Using condoms during sexual intercourse.
    • Don’t share inhalant devices, needles or take drugs.
    • Practicing proper personal hygiene.
    • Avoiding use of infected items like toothbrushes or razors.
    • Taking safety precautions, most especially if you are visiting an area with poor sanitation.

    There are several things that you, as a hepatitis patient must consider before undergoing hepatitis treatment. The medical team will diagnose you to determine if the treatment “pros” will outweigh the “cons” to benefit your health.

    References: Carreño V. Review article: management of chronic hepatitis C in patients with contraindications to anti-viral therapy. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2014 Jan;39(2):148-62. Hoofnagle JH. Hepatitis C: the clinical spectrum of disease. Hepatology. 1997 Sep;26(3 Suppl 1):15S-20S.

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