What is the prognosis (outlook) for someone who has hepatitis C?
You can continue to lead an active life even if you are diagnosed with hepatitis C. People with the disease can work and continue their regular daily activities. However, it is very important that you see a specialist as soon as you are diagnosed with hepatitis C. There are many treatments available that can cure the virus.
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, patients should:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat balanced, nutritious meals
- Limit how much alcohol they drink or abstain completely (depending on the extent of liver damage from the virus; check with your doctor).
- Check with a doctor before taking over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or any other medications.