Keep Hepatitis B and C at bay
Here's how you can avoid contracting the deadly disease...health and fitness Updated: Aug 04, 2011 00:22 IST
Here's how you can avoid contracting the deadly disease:
1 Don’t share razors:
Always use your own razor or toothbrush as using those contaminated with blood from someone who has the virus can pass on the disease.
2. Maintain normal weight:
Obesity is widely prevalent, and approximately 75 % of obese people have fatty liver — a disease that may lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.
3 Quit smoking:
Smoking has been linked to the development of liver cancer.
4 Practising safe sex:
Safe sex greatly reduces the chance of getting infected with Hepatitis B. While the risk of sexual transmission of Hepatitis C is rare, protected sex is always recommended.
5 Avoid use of recreational drugs:
Activities like intravenous drug use are a common mode of Hepatitis B and C transmission. Reports show that smoking Marijuana leads to increased risk of liver scarring in those who have Hepatitis C.
6 Blood transfusion:
Be careful while undergoing blood transfusion or donating blood. Make sure that doctors use fresh syringes and needles. If you are receiving blood, ensure that the blood is not infected.
7 Body tattoos:
Those who want to get a tattoo or have a body part pierced, should make sure that they deal only with establishments that adhere to meticulous sterilisation practices.
First Published: Aug 03, 2011 16:11 IST