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Shaking Hand Hep C
Stop drinking!: It's probably the drinking causing the blackouts, not the hepatitis c. But drinking when you have hepatitis c is a very bad idea, because alcohol--even in modest quantities--speeds up the progression of hepatitis c to serious liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer. And if you're drinking enough to black out, you're clearly drinking a lot. ...Read more
Hep c gen 1a hep clinic say after treatment my hep is undetectable dose that mean no virus in blood. Was on rib , pegues & victiriel 28 weeks?
Needlestick injury, didnt break skin, no blood, didnt sting with alcohol, possible HIV/HEP C patient, 25g 1inch needle used, pt not visibly ill, PEP?
Broken skin?: No broken skin means no injury to me. What is the concern? Or what is the injury? ...Read more
That's the nature...: "That's the nature of the beast," as people say. It is just that way. Different germs have different ways of getting you. It depends on things like how well a germ survives in certain parts of one's body, how well they multiply there, how many there are, and then traits like how infectious or how contagious they are, how well our immune defenses are in various bodily parts, etc... ...Read more
Elevated liver levels, swollen hands feet and neck lymph nodes, no fat on liver, don't drink or do drugs, neg hep b and c. Please advise?
(a) Lymph nodes are: part of immune system (protects body from infection & cancer). (b) swelling = excess water in particular body location (local inflammation &/or heart, liver, kidney failure), (c) elevated LFTs indicate liver cells being damaged & ?ed leaking of proteins from cells out to water outside cells (as measured). Carbs foods are biggest driver of liver problems, called steatosis. Still need more info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hand sanitizers: As long as the product contains at least 60% alcohol it should kill most bacteria and some viruses. Hand sanitizers won't work on dirty or greasy hands. SEE http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html or http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/innovation_quality_patient_care/areas_expertise/infections_complications/hand_hygiene/why_wipes.html Good luck ...Read more
What would cause "power surge" feeling thru r hand & fingers, after c4-7 d&fusion? Then numbness along r side of middle finger?
Nerve irritation: Compression of nerves or the spinal cord can cause the symptoms you describe. This compression may be residual, related to your preoperative condition, or new, possibly from disc protrusion or bone spurs. Finally, even after adequate decompression there may be residual nerve irritation. A ct or MRI scan should help with this diagnosis. ...Read more
Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...Read more
No risk: HIV is virtually 100% prevented by correct and consistent condom use for vaginal or anal sex. Contrary to popular beliefs, hepatitis C isn't sexually transmitted at all, except in gay men through traumatic (potentially bloody) rectal sexual practices. Heterosexual partners of persons with HCV are at no increased risk at all. Thus, little or no risk even without condoms, zero risk with them. ...Read more
Sleve of jumper knocked glove used to carry clothes with possible body fluids then knocked cuts on wrist HIV or hepatitis risk washed hands and wrist?
Unnecessary Worries: Nope. There is 100% impossibility to have been exposed to any infectious disease in the scenario you describe. Please take your panic and channel it into learning the very basic facts of these infections; please learn how to treat those infected with respect and empathy. ...Read more
Can you contract anything (diseases, viruses, etc.) by touching someone's hand? I used hand sanitizer and washed hands shortly after contact.
Very unlikely: Shaking hands is a standard means of human greeting. It is done millions of times per day and our natural body defenses render it very unlikely that anything will be contacted that way. Hand sanitizers are useful to lower the spread of infectious illness, but most are not infected. Do not worry about this common practice of greeting your fellow human beings. ...Read more
Hepatitis b. new diagnosis of hep b, dangerous livers #s. after follow up in 3 wks liver #s normal, hep b viral load, 12000 iu..sign of recovery?
Too soon: You need more testing before this question can be answered. Please be patient. You are not out of the woods yet. ...Read more
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