William D. King, MD, JD, AAHIVS -  - Primary Care Physician

William D. King, MD, JD, AAHIVS

Primary Care Physician located in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Hepatitis C Treatment

A Hepatitis C diagnoses is not the end of the world. Dr. King helps patients from across the Los Angeles area treat their disease and live long and fulfilling lives. If you think you may have been exposed to the disease, make an appointment at the W. King Healthcare Group for testing and follow up care.

Hepatitis C Treatment Service Content Q&A

by William D. King, MD, JD, AAHIVS

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a blood-born virus that attacks the liver. Over time, it can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. There are two forms of hepatitis C, acute and chronic. Acute hepatitis C only lasts for a short time and usually clears on its own. Chronic hepatitis C, however, is not only more common, but lasts for years, undetected until damage to the liver has already occurred. Most people do not develop symptoms for the disease immediately. However, symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Belly pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Sore muscles
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice (yellow-ish eyes and skin)

Who Should Get Tested?

  • Anyone who shares, or has shared, needles to inject illegal drugs
  • Anyone who has had a sexual partner who has Hepatitis C
  • People who have had blood transfusions, blood clotting factor treatment or organ donation before 1992
  • All baby boomers (born between 1945 and 1965)
  • Any health worker or tattoo artist
  • Those with HIV
  • People showing signs of liver disease

What do I Need to do to Maintain My Health?

There is no cure for chronic hepatitis, so it is essential to manage your health and lifestyle. Keep in mind that most people who have hepatitis C live long and fulfilling lives.  While the diagnoses may be shocking, even life altering, for most people it can take years for symptoms to present. By taking care of yourself you may make positive changes in your life and have a long, healthy and happy life. First, find the right doctor who has experience specific to treating hepatitis C. It is also important to find a support group. Friends and family can be a big help, but being able to share experiences with others who also have the disease can be a valuable source of information and support. Maintaining your general health is also important to protect your liver. Make sure to get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet. Your doctor may suggest vaccinations for other liver damaging diseases like hepatitis A and hepatitis B. You will need to take extra care to protect your liver. Avoid alcohol and medications that include aspirin and acetaminophen. Some common painkillers and cold remedies can be toxic to people with liver damage. Seek advice from your doctor before taking any kind of medication or supplement.  

 

 

Insurance

We take Medicare and most of the major PPO and HMO insurance plans.  Please call our office for more information.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
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L.A. Care Health Plan
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Location
W. King Health Care Group
3756 Santa Rosalia Drive, Suite 506
Baldwin Hills

Los Angeles, CA 90008
Phone: 323-275-4520
Fax: 323-544-6772
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