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Should I Tell My Dentist That I Have Hepatitis C
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
Honesty: Hepatitis c is for the most part only passed by blood. Most patients acquired it via experimenting with drugs, blood transfusion or tattoos. You do not need to tell most of your friends that you have hepatitis c, but should probably tell sexual partners. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood borne disease: Transmitted in high risk situations. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), or using nasal drugs, accidental needle stick in a healthcare worker, reused needles/medical equipment without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. A simple blood test can confirm if you have hep c. ...Read more
Many: Until someone is starting to develop liver failure, the symptoms of hepatitis c can be very nonspecific (which is why it is sometimes called the silent killer). People can have fatigue (tiredness), just not feel well, mild depression, memory difficulties, or nothing. Once the liver starts to fail, symptoms become more specific and severe and docs can tell something is very wrong with the liver. ...Read more
Can you tell me if i could get hepatitis C from cutting myself on a public container lid that someone with it touched?
Very unlikely: unless there was blood or a body fluid from an infected person ...Read more
Different viruses: ...With different natural histories, rx. Hep b: dna virus, blood borne, at birth or transfusion, needle stick, sex, IV drugs. Infant exposure:commonly chronic; adult: less commonly. Both can cause chr. Disease, cancer, liver failure. Rx available. Hep c: RNA virus, blood borne; usually drug use (incl nasal), rarely sex. Commonly chr, little symptoms blood supply tested for both (and hiv). ...Read more
RNA vs DNA virus: Hepatitis c is an RNA virus and hepatitis b is a dna virus. Both can lead to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. Those with hepatitis b do not need to develop cirrhosis to be at risk or develop liver cancer. The treatment is different for both and hepatitis c can be cured, while hepatitis b can be suppressed with medications but not cured. ...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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