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Had a haircut, they used razor, hepatitis risk

PostPosted: March 9th, 2009, 9:17 pm
by Richard
I went to get a haircut tonight at a new place. At the end of the haircut the woman used a razor to give me a close shave on the back of the neck and around the ears.

I didn't think about it to much until later and about the possible risk of a blood tramsmitted desease.

Well I looked up AIDS. AIDS dies off rapidly outside of the body. In something like 30 seconds. So no real problem here.

The problem is hepatitis. I guess hepatitis can last a while.

Tomorrow I will go back to the barber shop and ask them if they used a new razor on me. I doubt it because it looked like it was a long, straight razor.

The risk is 'relatively' low. But there is a risk.

Please say a prayer for me.

It would be a bummer to get over BFS and then have hepatitis.

-Richard

Re: Had a haircut, they used razor, hepatitis risk

PostPosted: March 9th, 2009, 10:31 pm
by Mendota
Most places I've seen keep those in an antibiotic fluid. I can' t imagine anyone would reuse a razor without some sort of sterilization, if only because they would be sued or get in trouble with the health department.

This really seems like a long-shot risk to me. If I had a thought like that that bothered me for more than a couple of seconds, I would probably wonder about it.

Man, I need a haircut. My wife gave me one. It looks like my wife gave me my haircut, too.

Re: Had a haircut, they used razor, hepatitis risk

PostPosted: March 9th, 2009, 10:37 pm
by Richard
Mendota wrote:Most places I've seen keep those in an antibiotic fluid. I can' t imagine anyone would reuse a razor without some sort of sterilization, if only because they would be sued or get in trouble with the health department.

This really seems like a long-shot risk to me. If I had a thought like that that bothered me for more than a couple of seconds, I would probably wonder about it.

Man, I need a haircut. My wife gave me one. It looks like my wife gave me my haircut, too.


Hepatitis is actually a pretty tough virus. It will stay alive for days. And I don't think it gets killed by antibiotic.

But I did try to the link to your signature and now I feel better.

-Richard

P.S. quick funny story. When we were just married and didn't make much money my wife game me haircuts. Well one time she used the electric razor and cut a 1/2 inch strip off the side of my head. Of course, the people at work commented about it.

One guy, who was very cheap, I kid you not asked if my wife could cut his hair :shock:

Re: Had a haircut, they used razor, hepatitis risk

PostPosted: March 10th, 2009, 7:10 am
by ed73
Richard,

Richard Dont worry, nowadays in any barbershop in the world ( maybe except in Africa) changes the razorblades for each client.

BTW, Congrats with your tegretol sucess!! Could you tell us a little more about it. As I understand, Its a pretty heavy molecule and the risk of liver damage is somehow high, how was your experience using it?


Eduardo

Re: Had a haircut, they used razor, hepatitis risk

PostPosted: March 10th, 2009, 5:02 pm
by Richard
ed73 wrote:Richard,

Richard Dont worry, nowadays in any barbershop in the world ( maybe except in Africa) changes the razorblades for each client.

BTW, Congrats with your tegretol sucess!! Could you tell us a little more about it. As I understand, Its a pretty heavy molecule and the risk of liver damage is somehow high, how was your experience using it?

Eduardo


So quick update, I went back to the haircut place and asked them. They showed me how they change out the razors and wash the holder. Then they asked me for my credentials. I told them I don't have any I just came for a haircut yesterday.

They told me they change out the blades frequently, and then they told me after each person. I doubt they change them out after each customer. But I still think the risk is relatively low.

I think I really upset them :). They followed me to the parking lot and checked out my car to make sure I was not from the health department or something.

Yes with Tegretol you need periodic liver tests. At first I did them every month. Now every 2 months. The doctor tells me that 'younger' people are able to tolerate the medication better. I am 40 so I guess younger is relative :).

The blood test is no big deal. Please note I still twitch. The trick is if I stopped taking the med completely what would happen. The neurologist tells me that the max benefit is from taking the med 1 year and then going off it. That will be May for me. We will see.

But I do forget to take the meds sometimes I really think I have gotten somewhat better. Maybe not 100%. But I don't expect my hair to stop going grey anyway.

Cheers.
-Richard