Which hepatitis can you get from hair clippers?

Hepatitis B is spread by direct contact with infected blood; hepatitis C is spread by direct contact with infected blood, usually from a cut or scratch.

Hair clippers used for cutting hair do not transmit hepatitis. But even when they were used properly, they can become contaminated with blood. And when you cut your hair, you’re more likely to have cuts and scratches, which can also spread the virus.

Hair clippers can also injure your scalp, causing an infection called scalp lice.

If you’re worried that you may have been exposed to hepatitis, you should get a hepatitis test.

How long does hepatitis last?

Hepatitis can last for months or years. It’s an infection of the liver, which is a part of the digestive system.

Some people with hepatitis don’t have any symptoms until the disease has advanced.

In a few people, hepatitis can be so severe that it can result in liver failure and even death.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis?

Hepatitis can cause symptoms that last for several months.

Symptoms may include:

  • Jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark urine
  • Yellowing of skin or the whites of the eyes

How is hepatitis diagnosed?

There is no specific test for hepatitis.

Doctors can usually diagnose hepatitis by talking to you about your symptoms and your medical history. They may also order tests to help confirm a diagnosis.

  • Blood tests. These can check for hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
  • Stool tests. These can check for blood in the stool.
  • Liver biopsy. For this test, a doctor will take a small sample of liver tissue and look at it under a microscope. This will help show if your liver has been damaged.

How is hepatitis treated?

Treatment is aimed at treating the symptoms. Your doctors may recommend a combination of drugs.

Hepatitis B is usually treated with a combination of drugs. It may include:

  • Interferon, an antiviral drug
  • Lamivudine, an antiviral drug
  • Ribavirin, an antiviral drug
  • Pegylated interferon, an antiviral drug

Hepatitis C is treated with:

  • Pegylated interferon
  • Ribavirin
  • Anti-viral drugs
  • Corticosteroids

What is the long-term outlook?

The outlook for people with hepatitis depends on the cause.

People with hepatitis B most often don’t have any symptoms. But if they do have symptoms, they often have them for a long time before they get any treatment.

People with hepatitis C have much milder symptoms than people with hepatitis B. Most people with hepatitis C don’t have any symptoms.

A few people with hepatitis C may develop cirrhosis of the liver. This is when scarring of the liver causes it to lose its ability to function properly.

If you have hepatitis, you’re at an increased risk of developing more serious health problems, such as:

  • Liver failure
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease

There is no cure for hepatitis, so your outlook will depend on how well you take care of yourself.

How can I prevent hepatitis?

The following steps can help prevent hepatitis:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Don’t share razors or other personal grooming equipment.
  • Don’t share personal items, such as towels, razors, or toothbrushes.
  • Don’t share needles.
  • Be careful when you’re around blood.
  • Be safe when using drugs.

These steps don’t protect you from all types of hepatitis.

For example, if you have hepatitis B, you’re more likely to get a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

What are the complications of hepatitis?

Hepatitis can cause liver scarring. This means that your liver can no longer work properly.

This can lead to serious health problems.

In some people with hepatitis, liver scarring can cause liver failure. Liver failure can lead to death.

Hepatitis can also cause liver cancer. This can lead to liver cancer and other serious health problems.

Hepatitis B can also cause liver cancer. However, it’s rare.

What are the complications of liver cancer?

Liver cancer is a serious health problem that can be fatal. It can affect people of any age.

Symptoms of liver cancer usually don’t appear until it’s advanced. When symptoms do appear, they may include:

  • Pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
  • Blood in the stool
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal swelling

Liver cancer isn’t caused by hepatitis. But it can spread to the liver if you have hepatitis. This means you’re at an increased risk of developing liver cancer.

How is hepatitis spread?

Hepatitis is spread when you have direct contact with the blood of someone with hepatitis.

You can also get hepatitis by:

  • Sharing needles.
  • Getting a tattoo or piercing.
  • Getting a tattoo or piercing with unsterile equipment.
  • Sharing razors or other personal grooming equipment.
  • Sharing personal items, such as towels, razors, or toothbrushes.

Is hepatitis contagious?

Hepatitis is contagious. This means that it can be spread from person to person.

It can be spread through:

  • Sharing objects or equipment.
  • Touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Having unprotected sex.
  • Sharing needles or syringes.

How do I take care of myself?

Treatment for hepatitis B and C is aimed at the symptoms. Your doctor will likely recommend that you take the drugs for a long time.

Here are some tips for taking care of yourself:

  • Get a hepatitis B vaccination.
  • Don’t share needles or other personal equipment that can come into contact with blood.
  • Avoid sharing razors or other personal grooming equipment.
  • Don’t share needles or syringes.

You can also help prevent hepatitis by:

  • Getting vaccinated for hepatitis B and C.
  • Avoiding sharing personal items, such as towels, razors, or toothbrushes, with other people.
  • Refraining from using unsterile personal items or equipment.

Outlook

Hepatitis can be serious and may cause liver failure. It can also cause health problems that affect your liver.

But it can be prevented with these steps.

Prevention is the best way to avoid getting hepatitis.

Be sure to get a hepatitis test if you think you may have been exposed to the virus.

The good news is that your liver is resilient. Most people recover from hepatitis within a few months

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