Counseling the Patient with Hepatitis C Treatment-Related Side Effects

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D Use over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream (a topical steroid) on as much of his body that he can reach

This answer is incorrect. Topical steroid creams and ointments, like hydrocortisone, are helpful for small areas of affected skin, but should not be used over the entire body or very large areas of skin. It is often difficult to apply to such a large area and can lead high levels of the medication in the blood, which can have unwanted side effects.

A Lower his ribavirin dosage.
B Keep well hydrated and use moisturizer before toweling dry after a shower.
C Take a very hot shower to relieve the itching.

 

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