The treatment of cirrhosis depends on the cause – it cannot usually be cured, but there are ways to manage the symptoms and any complications.
The NHS advises if you have cirrhosis, there are several lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of further problems and complications.
- avoid alcohol
- quit smoking
- lose weight if you’re overweight or obese
- do regular exercise to reduce muscle loss
- practise good hygiene to reduce your chance of getting infections
- speak to a GP about vaccinations you may need, such as the annual flu vaccine or travel vaccines
- speak to a GP or pharmacist if you’re taking over-the-counter or prescription medicines, because cirrhosis can affect the way some medicines work