Navigation Links
Tattoos may significantly increase risk of hepatitis C infection

It is a fad these days to sport tattoos. Kids often show off their sticker tattoos. But adults go a step further. Permanent tattoos, which are permanent reminders throughout life, in different designs and shapes, are very popular. However there is a darker side to the whole affair. The study in the United States of America says that tattoos significantly increase the risk of hepatitis C infection.

Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver, which can cause liver damage and may lead on to fatal liver disease. It is considered a major public health risk because it is a silent disease but can kill millions.

Although there is no cure, antiviral drugs combined with interferon therapy can be useful. The treatment is very long and can extend upto a year. Unpleasant side effects include nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue and depression.

Hepatitis C is spread by blood-to-blood contamination, says lead study author Robert Haley, MD, Chief of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre (UTSW) in Dallas. Injection drug abusers have an increased risk for hepatitis C because they often share needles. Healthcare workers, especially nurses, are also considered high risk for hepatitis C because of “accidental needle sticks”, he says.

It is in this context that tattoos assume significance. Tattoos also spread infection like needle stick injuries. Moreover this can also dangerously expose a person to accidental HIV infection. So people who have liking for tattoos have to be very careful to avoid these infections.

The best remedy would be to avoid reuse of tattoo needles. If many people are found using the same needle it is advisable to avoid tattooing itself. After all a healthy body without a tattoo is preferable over a very attractive tattooed body with hepatitis .
'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Lower Back Tattoos Can Lead To Problems During Childbirth
2. Traditional Tattoos are Proving to Be Lethal
3. Plants have ability to significantly lower LDL cholesterol through sterol pills
4. Mortality increased in Sporting enthusiasts!
5. Human gene number increases
6. Stress response increases suicide risk
7. Sleep apnoea increases post-operative risks
8. Long travel increase pulmonary embolism
9. Antidepressants increase gastric bleeding
10. Strokes increased during squatting
11. Vaginosis increases risk of miscarriage
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The law firm of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan & Bassett is ... these scholarships is to encourage applicants to pursue a degree in their field of ... parishes. , “We have available jobs in St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes that ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... CDRH Enforcement Trends: , Back to the Future , ... , As Winston Churchill said, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to ... expect when they come knocking this year. But that takes time. , Take a ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... As a ... hectic schedule, a demanding job, and no time to decompress, Rabinowitz found herself drawn ... herself to meditation for its impact on her life, implementing a 20-minute-per-day meditation practice ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on April 5-7. The series is a ... create new habits. The workshops cover a broad range of topics, including coaching ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... , ... Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO Kenneth Fisher joined Governor Brian ... president Scott Bensing, and Peggy Kearns Director, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System yesterday to ... will be the first Fisher House in Nevada, and will provide free lodging for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016  Sequent Medical, Inc. announced today that it ... the safety and effectiveness of the WEB™ Aneurysm Embolization ... aneurysms.  Prof Laurent Spelle , MD, Head of ... France and Principal Investigator of the CLARYS ... and Germany.  Although patients with ruptured aneurysms ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... and SEOUL, South Korea ... Biosys­tems Menarini and Macrogen, Inc. today announced they ... and innovative procedures for precision medicine in cancer. ... Silicon Biosystems, DEPArray™ digital-sorting technology with Macrogen,s high-throughput ... tests certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... MILTON, Ontario , Feb. 12, 2016  Aralez ... specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced the Company will ring the ... Square, New York at 4:00 ... the formation of Aralez. Adrian Adams ... will be held 3:50 to 4:00 p.m. ET.  A ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: