Quick Answer: Can I Work During Hep C Treatment?

Is Hep C treatment like chemo?

But Bacon says hepatitis C treatment can have side effects “that are akin to what patients experience when they receive cancer chemotherapy.” That includes temporary hair loss.

The peginterferon-ribavirin combination is “sometimes loosely called chemotherapy,” says Bacon..

Can I donate blood if I have been cured of Hep C?

No, you cannot donate blood if you ever had hepatitis C, even if you spontaneously cleared the virus or if you were successfully cured with medication.

Can you drink after being cured of Hep C?

Drinking alcohol after your hep C is cured is a controversial issue. Some patients endured many treatments and worked hard for their cure, and feel strongly about abstaining from alcohol use.

Will I always test positive for hep C?

A reactive or positive antibody test means you have been infected with the hepatitis C virus at some point in time. Once people have been infected, they will always have antibodies in their blood. This is true if they have cleared the virus, have been cured, or still have the virus in their blood.

Does Hep C affect your teeth?

Dental Complications People with hepatitis C are prone to tooth decay, suffer loss of self-esteem due to poor oral aesthetics and have difficulty with diet due to poor oral health, all leading to a compromised quality of life.

What happens if Hep C treatment doesn’t work?

It has been reported that some regeneration improvement can occur even with some degree of cirrhosis but severe scarring from cirrhosis cannot be reversed. But without Hep C treatment and eliminating the virus, liver damage will continue to destroy liver function.

What happens after hep C is cured?

When people are cured of hepatitis C, their test results show an undetectable viral load 12 weeks after completion of treatment with direct-acting antivirals. This is called a sustained virologic response (SVR), also known as a virological cure.

Can Hep C be completely cured?

The Hepatitis C virus is considered “cured” if the virus is not detected in your blood when measured with a blood test 3 months after treatment is completed. This is called a sustained virologic response (SVR) and data suggest that you will stay virus free indefinitely.

Do hep C antibodies ever go away?

A question often asked after clearance of the virus, also known as achieving an SVR (sustained viral response) is “What happens to the antibodies?”. Unfortunately, the antibody is with the patient for life. It does NOT go away. The viral load becomes undetected.

How does Hep C treatment make you feel?

Advertisement. The new anti-hepatitis C drugs also have unpleasant side effects, including flu-like symptoms similar to those affecting most people on peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. These side effects typically aren’t severe enough to lead to stopping treatment, but they may erode quality of life.

Can Hep C cause mental problems?

It’s a state of generally disorganized thinking. Studies show that about half of those with hepatitis C experience neuropsychiatric symptoms such as brain fog. Related symptoms include weakness, irritability, and fatigue. While these complaints may seem minor, they can make it hard to perform daily tasks.

Can you tell how long you have had Hep C?

We don’t have a test that can tell how long a person has been infected with hepatitis C. Do I have liver damage? Hepatitis C can cause damage to the liver. This happens slowly, over 20 to 40 years.

Can you work in food service if you have hepatitis?

There is no treatment for hepatitis A. If a food service worker becomes infected, state law requires that person cannot work at a food service establishment until one week after the onset of symptoms.

Can you live a long life with Hep C?

The prognosis of chronic HCV is typically very good, and as treatment continues to improve, it will only get better. Most people with chronic HCV can live a normal life, providing that doctors are able to diagnose it before any liver damage or other complications occur.

Can Hep C come back after successful treatment?

Infection relapse. It’s possible, but rare, for hepatitis C infection to reappear after apparently successful treatment. Relapses usually occur in the first few months after blood testing to confirm that the virus is no longer detectable.

Does Hep C make u tired?

If you have hepatitis C, you may experience fatigue. This is a feeling of extreme tiredness or lack of energy that doesn’t go away with sleep. It can be challenging to deal with. Research estimates approximately 50 to 70 percent of people with chronic hepatitis C experience fatigue.

Will I feel better after Hep C treatment?

Most hep C patients report seeing treatment side effects subsiding within a few months or longer. Often it takes six months to a year to regain full energy and feel well. Some patients have reported side effects lingering for longer periods of time.

Is Hep C classed as a disability?

Hepatitis C is covered under the SSA’s Blue Book of medical conditions under Section 5.0. In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to be able to prove that your condition completely prevents you from performing any type of work-related activity.