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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief:

Overview

Effective measures for the primary prevention of acute liver failure include vaccination, proper personal hygiene, maintaining proper body weight, taking precautions while handling needles, blood, body piercing, tattooing and sexual practices.

Primary Prevention

Effective measures for the primary prevention of acute liver failure include:

  • Vaccination: Get hepatitis vaccine or an immunoglobulin shot to prevent hepatitis A or hepatitis B.
  • Hygiene: Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before you touch any food and after you use the bathroom.
  • Weight: Maintain a healthy weight as obesity can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Alcohol abuse: Limit alcohol intake.
  • Take proper precautions while handling blood and blood products.
  • Don't share any personal toiletry items, including toothbrushes and razors.
  • Intravenous drug abuse: Don't share needles.
  • Tattooing and body piercing: Take aseptic precautions under all these conditions.
  • Sexual practices: Practice protective measures during sex.

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