I just accidentally deeply scraped myself with a needle that had hepatitis blood on it from an injection. I squeezed out this area on my finger. I ran it under cold water for 10 minutes while I cleaned it and used an alcoholic pad.
What do I need to do now? Please help
It's probably too late now, but when I stabbed myself with my used needle by accident and was scared I had reinfected myself (I hadn't, of course) the nurses on my trial told me to run it under HOT-as-you-can-stand water for 5 mins and put bleach on the site.
If you are sure it was a Hep C infected needle the only thing you can do is wait a month then go get tested for the antibodies. YOu will probably need to do a couple of tests to confirm status, if any.
I've heard or read the hepc virus can live outside the body for up to 4 days but many experts think it usually survives up to 16 hrs at room temperature. How long ago had the infected person used the needle?
May I ask why your friend was injecting himself with a needle and how it came about that you scraped yourself with it? Is your friend treating for Hep C? Is he an IV drug user? But in general, your risk from needle pricks is only around 2-3% but if you were using the needle IV that's another story. In fact, if you're an IV drug user the odds are that you already have HCV. As to getting tested, there is no emergency and the ER is not the place to go. Speak to your family doctor or a GI and they will run an antibody test and/or viral load test on you.
i don't know exactly -- he was a child like around 4-5 years old. i hurted myself pretty hard and my blood was running for about 10 min and i was keeping under the water ( unfortunately cold water) for 10 min. in addition i was trying to squeeze that place to force to take more out, then put alcohol around that area.
Thanks Jim. it wasn't IV. actually i did an injection for him myself using Syringe intramuscularly for his regular monthly shots and hurted myself with his Syringe which has his blood. his is my brother and doesn't use any drugs. i'm not a drug user as well.
thanks to all
Then about a 2-3% chance of infection if the needle broke your skin. Best doctor to run and interpret the test would be a gastroenterologist or hepatologist. It's not an emergency, but personally I'd try and get seen next week so it won't weigh on your mind.
Reason why i mentioned to go to hospital right away is ive read somewhere that in the very early stages of infection(acute)...if treated with drugs right aways odds are 90% that you will kill it off...maybe im over cautious be goin to the doc right away...but if it me...id be asking questions pronto
Previous practice was to not treat acute infections to see if the person would spontaneously clear; recent studies have shown that treatment during the acute phase of genotype 1 infections has a greater than 90% success rate with half the treatment time required for chronic infections.
To be picked up this early they'd probably have to run a PCR as opposed to an antibody test and even then the viral load can be intermittent early in the acute stage meaning it can go in and out of undetectible. The problem with the ER -- other than waiting a few days will make no difference -- is that they probably won't know what tests to run anyway and at best you'd get an antibody test and at worst some sort of lecture by an ignorant intern. Just think it would be much smoother sailing if she made an appointment next week with a doc who has some speciality in the area. That is what I would do if in her shoes.
Thanks to all. it happened at 8 pm last night. should i go to ER now or can i wait until monday morning and go to my doctor? i really don't want to spend 6 hours in ER if it can wait until monday.thanks
As I mentioned in my earlier posts, the ER is not the place to go. Make an appointment with a gastroenterologist for next week and explain to him/her what happened. And, as GreatBird suggests, while they run a test for Hep C, you should also get tested for Hep B, A and HIV.
You must be thinking about A or B. I'm almost certain that if someone get an accidental stick, like med personal, etc. they can get a globulin shot right away and there is a good chance they will not become infected. The reason I know about this is when I was getting my series of "B" immunizations the drug store gave me the globulin by mistake. If I hadn't noticed it and asked about it I would have been givin the wrong medicine !
I have never heard of anything you can do immediately with HCV exposure........except pray
I do think Jim you are correct...there is not too much that can be done now,other than cleaning the woond as 111 as done...it will take at least a week to show on PCR anyway...well...i guess the only other opton right now is to PRAY...but your odds are stll pretty low...its not like you were injecting coke or herion ...needle pricks have a lower transmission rates..not sure of the exact %
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