• 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.

  • Becoming more informed about your child’s health

    As a parent, you are no longer only responsible for managing your own health. You also have to take control of your child’s health—and that can be scary. Pediatricians understand how overwhelming it can be for parents to manage their kids’ health, and they are always willing to provide the support that parents need to feel confident about the decisions they make about care for their kids. Getting informed is the first step. Here is what you need to know.

    Understand the kind of care that is needed
    One of the biggest challenges for parents is knowing when a child needs emergency care, when he or she needs to see the pediatrician, and when to care for symptoms at home. First-time parents often seek a higher level of care than their kids need, and doctors encourage parents to err on the side of caution.

    As discussed in the video, it’s important to get to know what is normal and what isn’t for your child. This knowledge will help you act quickly when your child needs emergency care and recognize when you can manage symptoms at home.

    Ask questions
    During visits with the pediatrician, don’t hesitate to ask questions about your child’s health. The physician wants you to be an active partner in keeping your child healthy, and asking questions is the best way to get informed.

    It can help to prepare a list of questions before an appointment so you don’t forget to address any important issues.

    Be an advocate
    As a parent, you know your child better than any physician. Don’t be afraid to advocate your child’s health if you feel like your concerns are being dismissed.

    Advocating for your child’s health also helps you increase your knowledge about the issues that affect him or her, since it will prompt more in-depth conversations with physicians.

    From the emergency room to our pediatric intensive care unit , Good Samaritan Hospital is here to be your partner in keeping your child healthy. Visit our ER if your child is having a medical emergency, or call (888) 724-2362 to ask for a referral to a pediatrics specialist in San Jose.