Different medications treat different infections in various ways. Antiviral drugs, for example, may work to boost your immune system's response to the infection rather than actually attacking the viral infection itself. Antibiotics will attack a bacterial infection. This method, however, can cause bacteria to mutate and become resistant to the drugs. Drugs for parasitic infections generally attack and kill the parasite. Fungal infections are usually treated with antifungal drugs, which attack the fungi.
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Can hepatitis C (HCV) be prevented?
The best way to prevent hepatitis C is to avoid risk factors for transmission of the virus. If you're going to have body piercing or tattoos, carefully question the establishment about how they keep their instruments sterile.
How can I care for someone with hepatitis?
When caring for someone with hepatitis it's important to remember that their symptoms can affect them physically, mentally, and emotionally. Also remember that hepatitis A is highly contagious. Hepatitis B and C are also contagious and all three can be transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids and blood. Talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated for hepatitis A and B. Even with vaccination, do not share silverware or personal hygiene products, or drink from the same glass. Hepatitis can also cause swelling and pain in the abdomen, jaundice, fever, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Remember that hepatitis symptoms can vary in type and severity. Make sure you're there to provide emotional support, and help them find other resources, like support groups.
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