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Your guide to living with hepatitis

Hepatitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the liver. There are multiple forms of the disease, some of which can be treated and some of which are chronic, but there are some general management strategies that can make living with any form of hepatitis easier. Protect your wellbeing and feel your best with these strategies.

Restrict alcohol
Drinking alcohol takes a heavy toll on your liver. Even people with healthy livers can develop liver disease in response to excessive alcohol intake, but when you have hepatitis, it is even more important to restrict alcohol.

It is advisable to avoid alcohol completely to give your liver the best protection. However, your doctor may give you the okay to drink with heavy restrictions—for example, only enjoying one alcoholic beverage on holidays. Because taking acetaminophen can exacerbate the impact of alcohol on the liver, never take Tylenol or any medication that contains acetaminophen when you drink.

Manage fatigue
Fatigue is a significant symptom of some forms of hepatitis. For some people, it can be crippling. Getting an adequate amount of rest each night is essential if you have hepatitis.

Some people struggle to work because of the impact of hepatitis-related fatigue. Telecommuting, flex hours, and job share programs can all help if fatigue is interfering with your workday.

Protect others from exposure
When you have hepatitis, prevent others from being exposed to your blood as much as possible. That means keeping cuts covered and not sharing razors, toothbrushes, or needles. Even minuscule amounts of blood can transmit hepatitis.

Some forms of hepatitis can also be transmitted via bodily fluids during sexual contact. Latex condoms can help to reduce the risk of infection.

It’s possible to live a healthy life with hepatitis through homecare strategies and close disease management by a specialist. If you have hepatitis, contact Good Samaritan Hospital for a referral to a specialist who can diagnose, treat, and manage this disease. Request a referral to a physician in our network in San Jose by calling (888) 724-2362.