(HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis is a viral condition that causes inflammation of the liver.
Hepatitis C, a particularly virulent strain, is commonly passed from person-to-person via sexual contact or sharing a contaminated syringe or tattoo needle, says the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
There is no cure or vaccine for this chronic illness. If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis C, you will need to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and get plenty of regular exercise. You should also avoid Tylenol and other acetaminophen-based pain relievers, which could speed up damage to the liver.
You're also advised to limit alcohol intake to a bare minimum. An ocassional drink probably is OK, but check with your physician first, the AAFP advises.