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 my eyes are itchy;my throat hurts; stuffy nose and i've been sneezing ALOT;?
since this is allergy season; maybee its that right?
what shouldd i do soo that they GO AWAY!...

 Help I'm allergic to anything made of matter. What do I do?

 am i allergic to chapstick?
i've been using it my whole life (well i'm thirteen)

and i dont know why but i found this cool looking chapstick
so i bought it,
it was this silver looking one.

 Is it possible to be allergic to popcorn?
Hello I have a really bad case of, I don't know if it is hives but there are a lot of bumps that are making me itch and a really bad stomach ache and it started since I ate two bowls of popcorn ...

Okay my WHOLE body itches. Literally, head to toe. I have not changed soaps, laundry detergant, and I lotion my body A LOT so I do no think it is dry skin.AND it is NOT an allergic reaction. Even my ...

 Can an allergy make you crazy.............?
Seriously......I just heard crap in my life but this one is just taking a micky.

 What's the best way to get rid of house dust mites?

 I have the WORST stuffy nose ever...?
I always get alergies in mid-April and they last about a month. Well this year they have been VERY bad, way worse than last year. My eyes have stopped itching and watering, and I'm not itchy or ...

 Bloody Taste In My Mouth?
For the past few days, when I wake up I have a bloody taste in my mouth. I haven't had any kind of problems in my mouth, but I have had a cold and have been coughing for the past few days. Any ...

 i need people to help me out!! please i am begging!!?
okay well my teacher Dr. Ventura, wants me and my class mates to take, like a survey each! please it is worth 500POINTS!!! thats two letter grades!!! We want to see what is the most common allergy ...

 Am I allergic to cake?
Everytime I eat a birthday cake I always get a headache and I started having this thing since I was 10.
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I dont eat too much cake or anything and I dont eat the full ...

 my hamster drinks alot should i be worried?

 am i lactose and tolerant? please help 10 points!?
okay my stomachs been hurting all day and a little bit yesterday.ive had cereal for the last three days and every night ive been eating ice cream
this morning i had diarrhea and stomach cramps ...

 Is it possible to be allergic to water or the chlorine in the water?

 Is anyone allergic to something they really wished they weren't?
I can not eat chocolate because I get severe migranes if I do.
I love it but it isn't worth being in bed for days at a time for.
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The Lone Wayfarer,aww,so ...

 i have this feeling in my throat is it serious?
i have this fuzzy like feeling in my throght is it anything serious?my mom thinks it may be just allergies
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yea i live in phoenix arizona so there is alot of dust so ...

 I lost my nose, help!?
I was surfing the internet one day, my nose was itchy. So i decided to scratch it, and, omg, like my nose was gone! Would anybody be able to tell me where it might of went to. Because i really need ...

 I've always heard that carrots were good for the eyes. Do you know of other things, or is it mainly vitamin A?

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Someone said they keep the eyes healthy, but don't improve eyesight. Do you know if anything does besides glasses?...

 What are some fizzy drinks that can help an upset stomach???

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I don't have soda or ginger ale.
My parents gave me tonic water and it was nasty!!!! So if you have recipies to make it better.........

 My mom seems to be the only one slightly allergic to our cat, does vaccuming help?
Does vaccuming the house every other day help relieve the symptoms? My mom isn't like crazily allergic, she just has slightly watery eyes sometimes and sneezes a few. I know the best way would ...

A cat scratched me! Now its red and swollen?
Okay so my cousins cat scratched me a week and 1 day ago. From what I know, they have never taken the cat to the vet before to get checked up. When the cat scratched me, my wrist didn't bleed too much so I thought it was fine and was stupid to not wash or put alcohol on the cut. Now its been a week and the cut/scratch seems to be getting worse? Its very red and swollen and itchy. Ever since the scratch ive been getting allergy like symptoms.. dry eyes and plugged/runny nose (but its not that bad). I put polysporin on it but it seemed to only made it worse. Help?! What should I do?
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OBVIOUSLY im not gonna give you points if you give me a stupid answer (for example.. "im going to die"). Serious answers please!

Robert I.
You will most likely die, my advice is to talk to your friends and family and make up for anything you did wrong so you can go to heaven

go to the hospital

flying sausage
I'd start by grabbing the cat and biting it, preferably in the tail.

go get it checked

A very informative website, kindly stay a minute in website and check

Call a doctor, you have Cat Scratch Fever.

Gabba .
check it

go to a freakin doctor duhhh ..........

HopE YOu geT betTEr ( even though i dont kno you)

sMiLeY fAcE!
there are new diseases going around for animal bites/scratches. it may be serious. you need to go to a doctor as soon as possible because this is a serious issue. i hope you feel better soon :)

Words Never Spoken
Your probably infected, or that cat had something on it's nails and got in your body from the cut, and did something your body didn't like.

Clean the cut with alcohol, soap and water, then dress it by wrapping it up with gauze or band aids. I'd go to the doctors first thing in the morning, because it may be infected. I doubt its some disease the cat had that transfered to you. It may be just some dirt and bacteria that got on the cat from it walking around that found its way in the cut when it scratched you.

Don't worry you're probably not going to die or get some horrible, flesh eating disease if you clean the wound throughly and see a doctor. No need to worry :]

If its been over a week, and it is swollen and really itchy, it probably means that you have an infection. Even if the cut looked ok, bacteria is invisible-next time put a disicfectant on it! If the cut is swollen beyond it's origionl size, is a bright red and unbearably itchy=infection. If you are getting red streaks that look like veins up from the swollen area is another sign of a bad infection-hopefully it hasn't advanced that far yet. Go see a doctor-it is not ok.
Hope this helps!

You have an infection. Not to gross you out, but before the cat scratched you, he may have been clawing ther litter box.

See your family physician. You need a prescription.

The Dark Knight and Twilight Fan
you should get it checked by a docter it could get worse

sometimes the scratch lasts a while then goes away. but there have been cases of something called cat scratch fever where it can get so severe that you could go to hospital. i think the best thing to do is give it 3 days then go to the doctor.

See your doctor asap. There are certain diseases you can get from cat scratches. You may need a tetanus shot or antibiotics.

Amy E
There is an actual condition caused by cats called cat scratch fever. I think it's a blood infection but you should look it up to see the exact symptoms. If a red line spreads past the initial scratch you should really see a dr right away

The scratch could be getting infected or you may be having an allergic reaction to it. Either way, if it hasn't cleared up or gotten better by now you should probably go see your doctor. He or she will be able to identify how bad it is and what's causing the issue. Chances are you will be instructed to take some allergy medication or be prescribed an antibiotic.

Gregory Erbs
It might be infected, I would suggest seeing a doctor.

its pretty normal for them to get red and itchy and a little puffy.
try some neosporin.
if it really really really does NOT get any better, have a doctor check it out.
wash it with soap.
also, the fact that their cat has not been checked is troubling.
you may want to be sure to include that if you go to the doctor.

Lance Gentie
i would try to make sure the cut stays as clean as possible. if it doesn't seem to be infected (no pus coming out) just try as hard as you can for about a day to NOT itch it. if the swelling doe not go down.. It would be very much in your best intrest to go see a doctor

Mother of a teenager, RN
Polysporin is a good first move, since it wasn't cleaned initially. What you have described sounds very much like an allergy, if the redness is contained to the scratch site itself. If you are in fact allergic this could cause a massive release of histamines which could effect the site as well as sinuses and eyes.

As long as you are not having difficulty breathing, wheezing or swelling in your neck/face or throat (if this were me) I would next try an OTC antihistamine such as Benedryl pills (make you tired). If you need to stay alert and have no known allergies to medications try Zyrtec 10mg (generic works the same and it called Cetrizine 10 mg). Zyrtec works 24 hours, and should alleviate all of the symptoms if allergies are the culprit. It is my first choice. Also, you can try a topical cream or spray of Benedryl if you are opposed to pills (these are also available in generic; ask you pharmacist for help finding it, it is usually less than half the price).

If you have a fever at all or additional swelling or red streaks on your affected arm you need to see a practitioner to be evaluated. Also, you can call your family physician to verify what I have suggested is safe considering your medical history, since I am basing this on no significant medical problems. Most people will not need to see a physician over a cat scratch; although there are exceptions. If you get worse or have difficulty breathing, wheezing or swelling in your neck/face or throat you should go to the Emergency Room for evaluation; these are signs of impending anaphylaxis, an emergency. Peace of mind is invaluable.

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