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 Can you caught AIDS from a mosiqito bite?

 How to cure a sore throat?
My throat hurts really bad, any ideas how to cure it? Salt water gargle and honey lemon tea and antibiotics never seem so work,so any directions on using them? other things may work,suggestions plz?...

 I have arranged to do an 8 mile run tomorrow morning at 7am. I have a chesty cough and flu-like symptoms.?
Will the run kill or cure? Answers from medical professionals appreciated but not required....

 I accidentally used an egg that was out of date by four days... do I have salmonella?
I wasn’t thinking at all and I made scrambled egg... I'm starting to feel a bit queasy... My GCSEs exams start tomorrow and I desperately hope that I don’t have salmonella!

Is it ...

 This years Flu Shot?
I got my Flu shot yesterday, and now I have these things going on:
â–şswelling at the injection site.
â–şredness at the injection site.
â–şpain at the injection site
â–şpain in my ...

 Can any Medical Professionalists help me?
I have been sick for 3 days in a row now with a stomach virus. I have had dirreah...i cant seem to keep anything in. I also have had headaches on and off and at night i get the chills...my mom says ...

 Can swelling in your face caused by sinus infections be dangerous?

 My son is 4 yrs. old and has never had chicken pocks and a Dr. told us he has shingles. Is this possible?

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He had the vac. in 2005 and has not been around anyone with shingles. I am asking because Dr.'s are not perfect. They took 2 minutes and sent us home. He is ...

 Is it HIV spreading due to drunk / eat by us which are cooked by HIV Positive peoples ?

 Question about MRSA?
I'm watching my nephew while my sister is on vacation. His Dr. just called to say he tested positive for MRSA. Should I let his school know? I looked at the info on the CDC website, but it didn&#...

 Where did the AIDS virus get its start?
I've heard it was originally a disease found in monkeys, and was transferred to humans via "sickening behavior", if you get my drift.
Is this true?
If not, then what was the ...

 Can you reproduce brain cells that have been destroyed?

 Where will the bile be produced in the case of amputation of gall bladder with stones?
I m a medical student. n i had seen a operation in which a patient had gallstones n inflammation of gallbladder. n surgeon did amputatn of bladder. so i dont undrstand where will the bile produced ...

 Why do only blacks catch sickle cell? why are they more likely than other races to catch some diseases?aids?
just wondering why blacks are so vulnerable to sickle cell and other diseases....

 My brother is VERY sick please help NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!?
My brother has high fevers of 103F-104F tempratures.
last night he started seeing things and it's not the flu or cold.
what is it!!!!!!!!!!...

 I have the flu what can i eat and what can help make me feel better?

 I have a soar throat, could it develop into an infection?
My throat is slightly red, soar, and irritated. What can I do to insure that it will not develop into something worse?

I gargled hot salt water and that seemed to be a temporary fix. But ...

 Bacteria in Urine?
what does it mean when you have MANY of bacteria in your urine during a test. doctor said its probably fine and let me go but i dont think so... any advice? i did take the test results from them....

 Do you smoke Marijuana. If so explain to me what the high you get is like and how it makes you fell.?

 What is the remedy of curing HIV?
Suppose anyone one us had catched by HIV decease then what is the remedy for it? What should be the primary medication?
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Folks I am not a drunk or HIV victim. I only ...

Can I catch a virus if I am taking antibiotics?

Yes. I was taking antibiotics and opened an e-mail from a stranger; then BAM i had a virus.

yes,antibiotics are for infection and germs

Yes you can. Antibiotics are for bacterial infections. Antivirals are for viral infections. See the difference? With the exception of broad-Spectrum antibiotics, they target specific types of bacteria so not all antibiotics work on all bacteria. Therefore, you could even have a secondary infection from a bacteria that your antibiotic wasn't made to work on.

Georgia Peach
YES! antibiotics only work for bacterial infections. there is nothing to cure viruses

You can !

all of the above

Yes you can. Antibiotics will only help with a bacteria infections (ear infection, strep throat). Viruses will need to run their course. Usually 7-10 days of symptoms.

Vincent B
Yes, bacterial and viral infections are very different. In general antibiotics work by keeping bacteria from forming cell walls therefore keeping them from reproducing. Bacteria form rigid cell walls unlike human cells which are made of cholesterol which is more fluid. So antibiotics don't affect human cells. Virus on the other hand reproduce by injecting their own DNA into human cells forcing them to reproduce the virus for them. This makes them much harder to kill because they use human cells to reproduce. You need to take antivirals to stop viral infections but you need to start as soon as symptoms first appear.

Yes u can. Antibiotics work only for bacteria, NOT viruses. The only cure for virus is vacinnation (to help body reproduce antibodies against virus), and antivirals. But antivirals are not as much effective against viruses as antibiotics against bacterias. But they significally help.

Gloria K
Yes, you can definitely catch a virus. Antibiotics work on bacteria only. Viruses have to "run thier course." Overuse of antibiotics makes the strains of bacteria they treat resistant to them also. That's why we are constantly in search of new cures for old diseases. Good luck.

Ofcourse, antibiotics only work against Bacteria, Viruses are a different monster. They can strike at anytime. be sure to wash your hands, be in well ventilated areas and take some vitamin C. A virus can strike if you let it in.

Yes . Antibiotics are for bacterial infections and viral infections most of the time you just have to let it run its course.

Antibiotics are for Bacteria ... antibiotics don't destroy viral infection.. so yes u can catch a virus while on antibiotics

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