Get emergency medical help right away if you have:
Abdominal or chest pain
Abdominal swelling or ascites that is new or suddenly becomes worse
A fever (temperature greater than 101 °F)
New confusion or a change in alertness, or it gets worse
Rectal bleeding, vomiting blood, or blood in the urine
Shortness of breath
Vomiting more than once a day
Yellowing skin or eyes (jaundice) that is new or gets worse quickly
Don't drink alcohol heavily. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about your drinking. Take steps to prevent getting or passing hepatitis B or C.
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George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.