Hepatitis C, acute

  • Infection caused by the hepatitis C virus of less than 6 months duration
  • Affects the liver
  • Symptoms may include yellow coloring of the skin and eyes, tiredness, upset stomach and vomiting, dark urine and right upper abdominal pain
  • Most commonly spread by contact with infected blood and blood products such as through shared needles, accidental needle sticks or blood transfusions
  • Can also be spread from mother to infant during childbirth
  • Can occur at any age but infants are at highest risk to develop long-term disease
  • Affects males and females
  • May be mild without symptoms to severe

  • Reduce activity level
  • Eat small, frequent meals early in the day
  • Eat high-calorie, protein-rich diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Wash hands frequently

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

FOR NAUSEA

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks (avoid drinks high in sugar)
  • Eat light, bland foods (crackers or plain bread)
  • Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly and eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Avoid activity after eating
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Diphenhydramine
    • Cyclizine
    • Dimenhydrinate
    • Meclizine

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