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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nail salon nightmare: Hepatitis B from mani-pedis

'THE SILENT KILLER': An estimated 4.4million Americans are living with some form of chronic hepatitis. Most do not know they are infected. About 80,000 new infections occur each year. "Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is often called "the silent killer" because many people have no symptoms, so the disease often progresses unnoticed for years. Several people first learn they have chronic HBV when they develop symptoms of severe liver damage. HBV has an incubation period from the time of exposure to onset of symptoms of 6 weeks to 6 months. Rates of infection are highest among adults, particularly males aged 25–44 years. (Source: CDC)

It is spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person. You cannot get hepatitis B from casual contact such as hugging, kissing, sneezing, coughing, or sharing food or drinks. In most cases, hepatitis B goes away on its own. You can relieve your symptoms at home by resting, eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding alcohol and drugs. (www.webmd.com)

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1 comment:

  1. This is one of the "horror" stories that will make you doubt the idea of going to a nail salon but by carefully choosing the place, you can easily stay away from troubles.