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October is Liver Awareness Month: The American Liver Foundation Urges All Americans to Pay Attention to Their Liver Every Day of the Year
Date:10/5/2007

p>-- Be careful using all chemicals. That includes insecticides and paint

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

C infection.

-- 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 diseases includin
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