People with another form of hepatitis, HIV, hemophilia, kidney disease, and diabetes have a higher rate of infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) than the general population. Some conditions share a common transmission route with HCV, such as other viruses, hepatitis B, and HIV. In addition, HCV can be acquired as the result of a blood transfusion or organ transplant given to treat a disease like hemophilia or kidney disease.
In some cases, the increased rate of HCV is unexplained. A recent...
Other viruses that damage the liver, such as hepatitis A or B, are especially dangerous to people with hepatitis C. Your doctor may recommend that you get vaccinated to protect yourself from these viruses.
People with hepatitis C often have a hard time sleeping, especially during treatment.
"I think insomnia is an underreported side effect of treatment," says David Thomas, MD, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. "A lot of patients are embarrassed to ask about it because they think it's trivial."
But not getting enough sleep can have a big impact. Alan Franciscus, executive director of the Hepatitis C Support Project in San Francisco, says that many of the vague symptoms of hepatitis C, such as fatigue, are also symptoms of not getting enough sleep. Since the two conditions go hand in hand, they can compound your symptoms.
There's no special cure for insomnia caused by hepatitis C or its treatment. Franciscus recommends common sense techniques such as taking relaxing baths and not exercising or eating too close to bedtime.
Your liver breaks down and filters out substances from your bloodstream. Hepatitis C can reduce your liver's ability to do this. As a result, medications, herbs, drugs, and alcohol may stay in your system longer and have a more powerful effect. Some substances pose the risk of serious liver damage, especially for people with hepatitis C.