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How can liver failure be prevented?

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The best way to prevent liver failure is to limit your risk of developing cirrhosis or hepatitis. Here are some tips to help prevent these conditions:

  • Get a hepatitis vaccine or an immunoglobulin shot to prevent hepatitis A or B.
  • Eat a proper diet from all of the food groups.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Avoid alcohol when you are taking acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Practice proper hygiene. Since germs are commonly spread by hands, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after you use the bathroom. Also, wash your hands before you touch any food.
  • Don't handle any blood or blood products.
  • Don't share any personal toiletry items, including toothbrushes and razors.
  • If you get a tattoo or a body piercing, make sure the conditions are sanitary and all equipment is aseptic (free of disease-causing microorganisms).
  • Be sure to use protection (condoms) when having sex.
  • If you use illegal intravenous drugs, don't share needles with anyone.

From: What Is Liver Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Liver Foundation.


 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

SOURCE: American Liver Foundation.


 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

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