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What Not to Do When You Have Hepatitis C

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Hepatitis C Virus spreads via blood, i.e. when an HCV infected person’s blood enters your body. It could be acute (stays for the first six months) or chronic (long-term with serious repercussions.) 75-80 percent of acute HCV cases develop into chronic Hepatitis C infection.

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Your liver feels the strain of HCV. The virus induces inflammation, thus causing other related problems. The liver gets slow and inefficient at breaking down chemicals and filtering toxic waste from essential elements, thus injuring the organ further and leading to failure of the liver.

Chronic Hepatitis C infection needs regular monitoring and medication as treatment. However, 15-25% of cases of acute Hepatitis C go away on their own. Despite the medical care, watching what you eat and especially what you don’t eat can help deal with HCV in an improved manner.

Hep C Accelerating Food

HCV’s primary target is your liver. This infection increases your risk of getting fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and other viral infections, etc. Thus, you should prefer food that boosts your liver’s health.

Fatty proteins, salty, & sugary food, white bread, white pasta, white flour, raw seafood, unpasteurized cheese & milk, high-iron foods are all examples of things you should not put in your stomach and expose your liver to while battling hepatitis C infection.

Self-Medicating and Negligence

The inflammation caused by Hepatitis C can lead to liver scarring and cirrhosis. At this point, especially since cirrhosis is pretty much irreversible, medications are crucial to extending the liver life.

An HCV infected person usually has low platelet count and bone marrow suppression. Medicating with Acetaminophen, Naproxen, Ibuprofen, or similar drugs could kill the liver cells, affect clotting factors, and prove fatal if ingested with alcohol.

Inform all your medical consultants about your HCV infection. Limit your drug intake to a bare minimum. Read the ingredients of any medicine before ingesting it. Stick to the doctor’s recommendation.

Alcohol, Smoking, and Drugs

Your liver breaks down alcohol and keeps your body toxicity at a bearable level. However, excess alcohol consumption can cause inflammation, alcoholic hepatitis, or fibrosis in the liver. Use of illegal drugs or careless smoking can also lead to liver scarring and liver cancer.

Add that to an HCV infection, and you get an already deteriorating liver surrounded by more destructible factors. Also, uncontrolled drinking/smoking negatively impacts the HCV treatments like Interferon therapy, thus reducing your chances of recovery.

Herbs and Supplements

Alternative therapies could prove disastrous in Hepatitis C infection. Germander, comfrey, mistletoe, skullcap, margosa oil, kava, etc. are natural products that may constitute a herbal therapy. However, these are neither FDA approved not vetted and hence can injure your liver.

You Can Fight Hepatitis C as Long as You Stick to the Plan

About 71 million people on the planet have chronic HCV infection. Despite the lack of an HCV vaccine, antiviral medicine can take care of about 95% of all HCV cases with appropriate recovery. However, you must be cautious about what you eat and drink after you have caught the virus.

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