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:
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.
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