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Hepatitis B (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

The goals of self-care are to relieve symptoms and prevent worsening of the disease.

  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Although, broth, sports drinks, gelatin, frozen ice treats (such as Popsicles), and fruit juices may be better because they also provide calories.

  • Ask your physician before taking any medications, even those that are over-the-counter. Some medications depend on the liver, and liver damage may impair the body's ability to metabolize these drugs. If you are on prescription medications, check with your physician to see if the doses should be adjusted or if the medication should be temporarily discontinued.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol until your health care practitioner allows it. Individuals with chronic HBV should avoid alcohol for the rest of their lives.

  • Try to eat a diet that provides adequate nutrition. Take it easy. It may take some time for your energy level to return to normal.

  • Avoid prolonged, vigorous exercise until symptoms start to improve.

  • Call your health care practitioner for advice if your condition worsens or new symptoms appear.

  • Avoid any activity that may spread the infection to other people (sexual intercourse, sharing needles, etc).
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