Hepatitis symptoms may subside after a few days or weeks and complete recovery can occur within a few weeks. Acute hepatitis rarely has complications or causes damage to the liver. Complications can occur with chronic hepatitis. Constant or frequent episodes of liver inflammation can damage liver tissue. Long-term hepatitis can lead to liver failure or liver cancer, and the need for a liver transplant. In some cases, hepatitis can cause fluid buildup in the abdomen causing tissue in the abdomen to swell.
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What health complications are associated with viral hepatitis?
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What kind of infection can I get by swimming in a lake?
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Swimming in a lake could lead to a parasitic infection. The most common waterborne parasite is called giardia, and giardia actually afflicts about 3 million people a year.A tapeworm is a type of parasite that can grow up to 30 feet long. Tapeworms attach their suckers to the host's stomach and siphon calories. The only thing their long bodies do is use up the calories they steal. One of the things that folks who have tapeworms complain of is weight loss.
Giardia irritates your intestinal tract, similar to the feeling of a stomach virus. To tell the difference, you can take a blood test or you can watch your poop. Since it affects your ability to absorb food correctly, if you have giardia, your poop will float. That's one of the clues to diagnosing an intestinal parasite. It will destroy the way that you actually digest food.
Giardia is found in a lot of water in the United States, especially water that hasn't been purified or filtered.
The most common reason people get tapeworms is from eating raw meat. That is the main reason humans began to cook their food.
Other parasites may have played huge roles in human history. Some people think that hookworm may have cost the South the Civil War. People who didn't wear shoes were particularly vulnerable to contracting a hookworm infection, sometimes called "Southern anemia," which left the host weakened. Because many Southerners who didn't wear shoes as children developed "Southern anemia," they grew up to be poor choices to be Confederate soldiers. Meanwhile many Northern children wore leather shoes growing up and never contracted hookworm and remained healthy.
How can I avoid picking up germs in a doctor's waiting room?
Scripps Health answeredCatching the cold or flu bug in the doctor’s office is far from inevitable. By taking a few simple precautions, most people should be able to minimize the risk of getting sick while waiting for care.
Before even setting foot in a waiting room, get a flu shot. Flu shots can help prevent illness altogether or at least lessen the severity and length of symptoms if the flu does take hold. Most doctors recommend the shot for everyone -- even those who don’t plan to visit a doctor’s office.
Try to avoid waiting rooms altogether during cold and flu season if possible. Schedule routine physical exams and tests before or after the fall and winter months, when fewer sick people are likely to be around. If a visit during cold and flu season is unavoidable, try to schedule appointments first thing in the morning, before other patients arrive, or late in the day, after others have left.
A growing number of family medicine and pediatrician offices have “sick” and “well” waiting areas to help keep healthy people healthy. If that isn’t an option, consider wearing a face mask; often, doctor’s offices and hospitals will provide masks to people who request them. If no mask is available, hold a clean tissue over the nose and mouth while in the waiting room, and avoid sitting near anyone who looks or sounds ill.
Magazines may carry germs, but they certainly aren’t alone. Railings, doorknobs, elevator buttons and even pens may host germs as well, but simply touching them won’t cause illness. Viruses and bacteria enter the body through mucous membranes, so avoid touching the mouth, nose or eyes. Wash hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water after handling any shared items, or take advantage of the hand sanitizer lotions or gels available in most waiting rooms.
Finally, if the waiting room is especially crowded or small, consider waiting in the hallway, outdoors or in the car and asking office staff to call when the doctor is ready -- especially if the doctor is running behind or the wait will be considerable.
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