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Hepatitis C (cont.)

Hepatitis C Follow-up

Follow all instructions that the health-care professional gives the patient. A healthy lifestyle is very important for persons with active HCV infection, especially if there is evidence of liver damage.

  • Eat a varied, healthy diet, take part in some physical activity daily, and get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of water and other noncaffeinated fluids to stay well hydrated.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages and medicines such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like Motrin, Aleve, Advil) that can be harmful in people with liver disease.
  • If the affected individual has symptoms, avoid prolonged or vigorous physical exercise until symptoms improve.
  • If symptoms worsen at any time, contact a doctor.

The better the patient takes care of themselves, the more likely it is that they will be one of the many individuals who do well with the disease.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014
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