Coping and supportBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you've been diagnosed with hepatitis A, you may be afraid of what it means for your health and worried that you might pass the virus to others. To help you cope, consider trying to:
- Learn about hepatitis A. Finding out more about hepatitis A can help ease your fears. For most people, hepatitis A goes away on its own and doesn't cause other health problems, unlike other forms of viral hepatitis. Ask your doctor about good sources of information to learn more about hepatitis A. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a good place to start.
- Take care of yourself. Help your body recover from hepatitis A by making healthy choices every day. For instance, choose a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. Try to exercise most days of the week. Get enough sleep so that you wake feeling rested.
- Let others know it's OK to be near you. You can't spread the hepatitis A virus by sneezing, coughing, hugging or sitting next to someone. If your friends or family are afraid of becoming infected with hepatitis A, let them know you'll do everything you can to protect them. For instance, you'll use your own hand towel after washing your hands and thoroughly wash your own dishes. But they don't have to fear being near you.
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- Hepatitis A FAQs for the public. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/A/aFAQ.htm. Accessed July 25, 2011.
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