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Risks and infections with tattooing - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello..
Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   is there a medical term for what happens to your blood after you get a tattoo
Doctor :  
Blood will not be spoilt after a tatto
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User :   then why cant you give blood after getting a tattoo
Doctor :  
Most of the times the tattoos are safe unless they go deeper and cause infections
User :   if you have acute hepatitis b, it goes away within a few months, correct?
Doctor :  
Some of the risk involved with tattooing are HIV, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitus B
Doctor :   Acute hepatitis B is a self limiting infection in most of the persons
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In 10% of the infected persons it may go chronic
User :   what does self limiting mean
Doctor :  
It goes by itself by following hygienic measures
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like safe water, safe sex and Uncontaminated food
User :   so after it goes by itself, can you still transmit it to other people?
Doctor :  
There is something called HBeAg antigen in the blood of an infected person if it is positive then the person can likely infect others
Doctor :   So once the doctor confirms that HBsAg is negative he might as well test for this HBeAg

Doctor :   It indicate that the person is no more infective
User :   so is it possible to test positive for hepatitis b, but negative for HBeAg
Doctor :  
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HBeAg says that the virus is still multiplying in the body
User :   so what tests should i get to be safe
Doctor :   HBsAg negative and HBeAg negative are safe

User :   i recently donated blood and my blood was found to be reactive for hepatits B core antibody (HBcAb
User :   what does this mean, and what should i do
Doctor :   Have you got the vaccinations for Hepatitis B

User :   I honestly cannot remember
Doctor :  
Ok You please get the test for Serum HBsAg and Serum HBeAg done
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If they are negative you should not be worried about.
User :   ok
User :   but what is HBcAb
User :   and should i get the vaccinations for hapatitis b anyway also?
Doctor :  
HBcAb has no significance as such unless it is a window period where no other tests appear in the blood
Doctor :   Hepatitis B is an excellent vaccination to be taken by every individuals
Doctor :  
especially if you are a frequent tattooer'
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Did you follow?
User :   hbcab has no significance to what?
Doctor :   Only HBcAb cannot be interpreted about the nature of the disease

Doctor :  
so we need to have HBsAg and HBeAg to interpret the nature of the illness
User :   ok i got it, and can i get that test from a general medicine doctor?
Doctor :  
Yes very much
User :   and also an internal medicine doctor ?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok thank you, i made an appoitment for tomorrow
Doctor :  
You can just say him abnout your current HBcAb positivity and he may order
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them automatically
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Do not dealy
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and remember to take care while tattooing
User :   yes
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
User :   just to clarify one more thing
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please do follow up with me if you still have some doubts
User :   lets say i am negative on the hbeag, and in a few months everything is fine
User :   will i be able to trasmit the disease to a sexual partner
Doctor :  
No not really
User :   ok
User :   thank you
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