sprays. Wear a mask, and wash your skin thoroughly after use.
-- Make sure tattooing, piercing and other needles have never been used
on anybody else. Contaminated needles can transmit hepatitis A, B and
-- Avoid sharing razors, toothbrushes, or nail clippers. These have been
known to transmit hepatitis C infection.
-- Don't use illegal drugs. Street drugs such as cocaine and heroin can
severely harm the liver.
-- Use alcohol responsibly. That means no more than 3 ounces of alcohol
per day-the equivalent of a six-pack of beer, half a bottle of wine,
or 6 ounces of hard liquor.
-- Practice safe sex. Unprotected sex and sex with multiple partners
increase your risk of hepatitis B and C infection.
-- Get vaccinated. Vaccines are available for hepatitis A and B.
-- Get tested if you are at risk for hepatitis B and C. Risk factors
include previous blood transfusions, needle use, healthcare
professions with patient contact, and high-risk sexual experiences.
Hepatitis B and C may cause few or no symptoms, so it's always best to
ask your doctor for tests.
-- Watch for these symptoms. They could be a sign of liver disease:
a. Yellow discoloration of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
b. Abdominal swelling or pain
c. Prolonged itching of skin
d. Very dark urine or pale, bloody, or tar-like stools
e. Chronic fatigue, nausea, or loss of appetite
f. Loss of sexual drive or performance
g. Sleep disturbances or mental confusion
The American Liver Foundation is the nation's leading nonprofit
organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides
research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related
|SOURCE American Liver Foundation|
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