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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Viral Hepatitis

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Lifestyle changes can help you prevent further damage to your liver and prevent the spread of the disease to others.

General Guidelines for Managing Hepatitis

Prevent Further Damage to Your Liver
Avoid ingesting anything that can cause additional liver damage, such as:
  • Alcohol
  • Certain medications—Acetaminophen and other medications can affect your liver. Check with your doctor before using any new prescription or over the counter medications, herbs, or supplements.
Talk to your doctor about vaccines that may be available to prevent other types of viral hepatitis.
Prevent the Spread of Hepatitis to Others
Practicing proper hygiene techniques will help prevent the spread of infection. Do the following:

When to Contact Your Doctor

  • If you suspect you have hepatitis but have not received medical care
  • If you have any questions about hepatitis


Viral hepatitis headquarters. National Prevention Information Network website. Available at: Updated February 11, 2014. Accessed February 13, 2014.

What I need to know about Hepatitis B. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: Updated December 19, 2012. Accessed February 13, 2014.


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