Living with hepatitis can be challenging for your husband. He can suffer from the illness itself, the treatments, some side effects along with feelings of fear and anxiety. However, if you support your husband, he would have more strength to go through such tough times.
What is hepatitis?
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Drugs, alcohol use, or certain medical conditions are considered main factors causing hepatitis. However, many patients with hepatitis get infected by viruses, which is also known as viral hepatitis. The illness can limit itself, otherwise, it can develop to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer. The most common forms are hepatitis A, B, and C.
Patients with hepatitis maybe don’t realize their illness in the first weeks after infection because it doesn’t show any symptoms. This is defined as the acute phase. But then, patients can experience fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, belly pain, a mild fever, or yellow skin or eyes (jaundice) with types of A, B and C. Once hepatitis B and C become chronic, patients have no idea about their disease due to not having any symptoms for years. Unfortunately, when patient’s body shows any warning signs, their liver may already be seriously damaged.
How to support your husband
Be open minded and supportive
It may hurt if you try to give any judgment about his illness and his feelings. If your husband wants to share with you his experience, you should pay close attention to listen to him as much as possible. Let him know that you are always willing to listen to what he talks. Besides, you should also give your husband emotional support. You can help by simply saying that you understand, that you are always there next to him, then offering him any help.
Learn about hepatitis
Hepatitis is a complex disease. It requires you to have enough basic knowledge in case you wish to support your husband. If you don’t learn about the illness, understanding the care and treatment can be difficult for you. Also, it’s hard to give advice or discuss the best health decisions with your husband. You should educate yourself about how it occurs, what causes the illness, how to treat, etc. anything you think it is important.
Help find emotional support
If your husband can’t manage his emotions, you may consider many online or in-person support groups for people with hepatitis. If your husband is too anxious or depressed to do daily activities, you should take him to a mental health center to meet a therapist or medical provider.
Be a health partner
Supporting your husband also means that you need to be his health partner. You have to prevent him from taking alcohol and being overweight, which makes liver disease worse. Instead, you should plan up to help him live healthily. For instance, you can suggest him with healthy foods and exercise together.
It is never easy to support someone with a severe illness, especially your beloved husband with hepatitis. His illness puts stress on not only himself but also yourself as a supporter. If you suppose that you can’t manage to support him, don’t hesitate to ask for help from others.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
Coping With Hepatitis C. http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/hepc-guide/hepatitis-c-coping. Accessed December 29, 2016.
How to Care for a Loved One with Hep C. http://www.healthcentral.com/hepatitis-c/cf/slideshows/how-care-loved-one-hep-c#slide=4. Accessed December 29, 2016.
Is treatment available for Hepatitis C? http://www.hepatitisscotlandc.org.uk/treatment.aspx. Accessed December 29, 2016.
What is hepatitis? http://www.who.int/features/qa/76/en/. Accessed December 29, 2016.
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Hepatitis. http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/ss/slideshow-hepatitis-overview. Accessed December 29, 2016.