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 What is the name of the thing that hangs down in the back of your throat?
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 I just made the biggest mistake of my life and I am afraid its going to kill me?
I made out (kissing only) on two seperate occasions with a gay guy of unknown HIV status. If this person has the virus, did I expose myself to it and am I likely to get infected?

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 Wha causes a soar throught?
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 Another pink eye question...?
Ok, thanks for the answers that I got about pink eye...but know I need to know if any one knows just how long after starting antibiotics and eye drops does it take for pink eye to go away??...


 I just stepped on a thumb tack. When i finally got it out i saw it was rusty. Do i need a tetanus shot?????
helllllllp!...


 With the problem of MRSA and hospital infections, should doctors wear disposable clothes?
If infection is such a problem in hospitals then should consultants and doctors and nurses wear disposable clothing? Presumably at the moment they just stick their clothes in a washing machine but ...


 Best quick flu cure???
i have the beginnings of the flu. blocked nose, sneezes, bit of a cough, and just generally groggy and bunged up. the problem i have (apart from the flu) is that my sister is having a combined party ...


 My daughter has white patches on tonsils and are getting more swollen.......?
Her tonsils are getting more and more swollen even though she is on a antibotic. The doctor didn't do a streph test because she is deathly afraid of them but; are treating it with antibotic. (...


 Why is it that blood comes out with my stool and its NOT painful?
I dont feel anything unusual....


 Is Staph infection harmful to my surrounding friends and family?
I have had this for about a month, and just got results back saying I was positive for staph. I have a bacterial staph. Is it harmful for me to be around others. I do not have anti biotic yet....


 An ear, nose and throat specialist is concerned with the study of what anatomy?
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 Whats the best fever medicine for children????
i know tylenol is very recognized but i done want something thats makes my child drowsy unless its my only option
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 What are the effects of HIV?
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 Did I just get HIV from this incident?
I sat down in a chair with what looked like a dried blood stain on it. It was an upholstered chair and I believe the stain was dry. Is there any chance of getting HIV in this situation if the ...


 Can you get the flu if you already had it?
there is a bad thread of the flu going around and I am wondering if my family can get the flu again if we already had it bad a month ago?...


 50% of Americans have Herpes. True?
50% of Americans have Herpes. Is this true?
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...


 I got HIV from kissing a girl?
Can you get HIV or any STD from Kissing a girl?What scared me was she pulled my lip with her teeth as in being playful.There was so blood or anything.But I found out that girl really gets around if ...


 Chicken pox -can a seven months baby get chicken pox as he has been around a kid that has come out in spots?
my four yr old has chicken pox - and now my 7mth old nephew has some red spots on his body only two as yet but his imunisations are all upto date will he get the pox as bad as the four yr old or will ...


 Can a tapeworm infection be considered a dietary supplement?
I need to lose a lot of weight....


 How can I get rid of my sore throat?
I have a really bad sore throat and I'd do anything to get rid of it....



Ronaldo74
If left untreated can the virus shingles kill you?
                     





dirtbikepistol
It is a breakout from the chicken pox or (Herpes virus) It could be accompanied by Bells Palsy. Its not life threatening, but can be miserable. A doctor should be notified.


Radiator
It's the adult version of chicken pox, it is a virus that will go eventually.


MICK H
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I had it at the top of my nose and around one eye. I had to have treatment straight away as it could have damaged my brain. I was kept in hospital overnight and had all sorts of scans. Scary


scented rose
They used say that if the shingles were to go around your body and meet that was 'supposed ' to be dangerous ,shingles is the chicken pox virus in adults ,and nothing hits a virus ,it is a very common condition .


dozyllama
No, but you can be very,very ill with it. Shingles is quite nasty and can take 3 months to recuperate from.


matador89
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When children are recovering from chickenpox, they sometimes become clumsy and unable to walk properly. This is due to inflammation in the cerebellum (a part of the brain) and is called ataxia. This can be alarming, but the symptoms will settle as the rash disappears. The child does not usually need any special treatment for this, and should recover normally. Occasionally, there is a rare complication which causes more swelling of the brain and this may cause confusion and fitting. This complication is called encephalitis and tends to mainly affect adults. This may be life-threatening. The chickenpox virus can, in rare cases, cause severe pneumonia. Usually, this only affects adults. If left untreated, this may cause death also. The remarks by “Oilcan” are true. The virus lies dormant. I add a link with details of this subject, containing internal links.

http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/
articles/article.aspx?articleId=97

Hope this helps
matador 89


sunburzt2001
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not sure, it might. but you will be in much pain. They use to treat shingles with wet compresses and Aspirin. So you could try that instead of going to the doctor.


Shaded Wise Man
I was diagnosed with it on my chest and all I was told to take was Ibruprofen. It went within 2 weeks and I didnt even take that medicine all the time. And that was 2 weeks ago.


holey moley
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A very low chance of dying, but you will WISH you were dead because of all the pain.


mailliam
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No but shingles never go permanently away the chances are they will be back. I got them in my right shoulder and upper arm 2 years ago my Dr prescribed a course on some anti-bis that got rid of the blisters in a few days, and a cream by the name of Axsain which I use to this day the area can get very itchy from time to time and that cream gives almost instant relief.

http://www.healthline.com/search?q1=shingles

Good Luck.


Vogon Poet
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I doubt very much that it would kill a healthy adult.

Shingles is the recurrence of the virus 'chicken pox', however there is a theory that once infected the virus never truly leaves the body, but that it remains dormant in the nervous system. At times of distress or following some emotional shock, you get shingles. However I am unsure of the accuracy of this particular little gem of information.


Blah?
The virus that causes shingles is the same that causes chicken pox (Herpes Zoster or Varicella Zoster virus), and remains latent after infection with chickenpox.

In immunocompetent people, shingles is a painful condition that usually goes eventually, with possibility of relapse.

In immunocompromised patients (e.g. AIDS), yes it can be fatal, e.g. VSV encephalitis (high mortality).


Dr Frank
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Shingles is not a straight forward virus infection, but a reactivation of latent virus already in the body from a previous chickenpox infection. Chickenpox occasionally produces fatalities. Shingles deaths are much rarer still, probably being exclusively confined to the immuno-compromised.

Shingles is often left untreated, many doctors only prescribe anti-viral drugs in patients whose disease affects the face. This is partly because the anti-viral drugs are often not that effective, producing no more than a statistical drop in the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, rather than having a great effect on the disease, and partly because more that 50% of patients present too late in the disease to give the drugs at all. ( i.e. after the first 72 hours.)


snetterton
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No. A virus is usually self-limiting and resolves without intervention.


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