Hepatitis C - Home Treatment
If you have itchy skin, ask
your doctor about taking nonprescription medicines, such as diphenhydramine
(for example, Benadryl) or chlorpheniramine (for example, Chlor-Trimeton), to
relieve itching. If you do take these medicines, be sure to follow the
instructions and to stop using the medicine if you have any side
Seek help for depression
You may feel angry
or depressed about having to live with a long-term, serious disease.
You may have a hard time knowing how to tell other people that you have the
virus. It can be helpful to talk with a
social worker or counselor about what having the
disease means to you. You also may want to find a support group for people with
hepatitis C. If you don't have a support group in your area, there are several
on the Internet.
develop in anyone who has a long-term illness. It also can be a side effect of
antiviral medicines for hepatitis C. If you are feeling depressed, talk to your
doctor about antidepressant medicines and/or counseling. For more information,
see the topic
Learn about the disease
Learning about hepatitis C
may help you feel more in control of the disease. The more you understand, the
better you can make decisions about treatment and lifestyle changes that may
help you feel better, both physically and emotionally.