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Can I Get Hepatitis C By Sharing A Toothbrush With An Infected Individual
Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more
Can you tell me if my toothbrush touched the toothbrush of someone with hepatitis C am i infected?
My daughter was chewing my moms toothbrush. I don't think my mom has anything, but can she get hiv, hepatitis c, or STDs from chewing on it? I'm worry
Should be OK: Theoretically yes, but I have not read any research or case histories of it happening. I recommend a poliite conversation with your mother about her health to ease your mind. ...Read more
Blood on it?: Hiv & hepatitis c are transmitted by contact with an infected persons blood. No blood = no transmission. However think of all those virus and bacteria that can be passed on shared toothbrushes & other personal care items. I certainly can't imagine sticking a toothbrush in my mouth that has someone's morning crud all over it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not easily: Hiv would be very very unlikely. The virus dies quickly outside the body, elements in saliva provide protection from infection, you would have to have some sort of open wound, and there would have to be large # of viruses. Same is almost true for hep c except it doesn't die quite as quickly and it takes fewer viruses to infect. I do not know of any cases that have been transmitted by a toothbru. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that a person get infected with hepatitis C when a person scratches the infected persons?
Probably not: Hepatitis c is only transmitted when small amounts of blood from one person get inside someone else. Presumably, if you accidentally scratched someone, even if they bled, it would have only gotten on your skin and not inside. If someone with hcv has a sore that bleeds, they need to cover it and make sure they avoid contact with others. ...Read more
Is it safe to have a baby if you have hepatitis c, or will your baby almost surely get infected ?
Matter of chance: Vertical transmission of hepatitis c (mother to her newborn) is relatively low. It is current practice that infants born to hepatitis c positive mothers are screened at 12 month of age whether or not their liver enzyme has been elevated, usual indication of vertical transmission. ...Read more
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
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