The first thing to do is to find out more about your illness:
- Be actively involved in your health
The first key to managing hepatitis C is to take treatment regularly. In addition, asking medical professionals any questions you may have and listening to your body are both essential. For example, writing down questions to ask your healthcare provider during your next appointment can allow them to discuss any concerns you may have and to provide you with reassurance.
- Join related groups and associations
For patients not being monitored by a healthcare professional, there are specialized structures in place where you can find advice and support. In France, for example, you can contact organizations such as “Act up”, “Aides” or even the “SOS Hépatites fédération”.
Patients should also adopt a healthy lifestyle
- Limit alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption damages the liver and reduces the effectiveness of treatment. Do not consume alcohol, as it leads to scarring on your liver.
- Avoid smoking
Tobacco is harmful in more ways than one: it damages the liver, but also increases your risk of liver cancer. Taking steps to stop smoking is a smart move towards recovering from hepatitis C.
- Eat healthily
The liver plays an important filtering role in the body. A healthy liver naturally eliminates toxic substances. It also stores the nutrients the body needs to function well. Eating healthily means providing the body with the quantities of proteins, carbohydrates and fats it needs every day.
Staying healthy while suffering from Hepatitis C
- Be vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
- Stay away from drugs.
- Use protection during sexual encounters.
- Keep stress under control by taking part in activities that relax you and by avoiding situations that cause unnecessary exhaustion.
- Sleeping well also helps to reduce tiredness during the day. Good quality sleep promotes healing and improved health.