When To Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have hepatitis C and you:
- Feel extremely confused or are having Reference hallucinations Opens New Window.
- Are bleeding from the rectum or are vomiting blood.
Call your doctor if:
- You think you may have been infected with hepatitis C.
- You have risk factors for hepatitis C, such as IV drug use.
- You have symptoms of hepatitis C (fatigue, sore muscles, loss of appetite, nausea, dark urine or yellow-gray stools, fever, or Reference jaundice Opens New Window) and you think you may have been exposed to hepatitis C.
- A Reference home test for hepatitis C virus shows that you have hepatitis C. More testing is needed to find out if you have an active infection.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose hepatitis C:
- Reference Family medicine physician Opens New Window
- Reference Internist Opens New Window
- Reference Pediatrician Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Gynecologist Opens New Window
The following specialists also can diagnose the disease and provide further care:
- Reference Gastroenterologist Opens New Window
- Reference Hepatologist Opens New Window
- Reference Infectious disease specialist Opens New Window
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 6, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology