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 can you get cold sores from making out?

 I have a really bad cold what should i do?
Iv'e got both a
blocked/runny nose
sore throat
very tired
slight cough
sneezing alot.......Im tired but i cant sleep because m throat really hurts and i ...

 Why is everyone so afraid of the swine flu?
It's not like you have anything to be really afraid of. The only people who really get it are Mexicans and people who already have a low immune system before they get the swine flu. It's ...

 Calling in sick today.?
I'm feeling sick at school right now. It's 2:34 right now here, and I get out at 3:45. I'm supposed to go to work at 5:30 today and I have a minor off and on stomach ache.


 why does african children hav swollen bellies?
is it a diease? if it is is it cureable?...

 I went to the doctor and i did a blood count, does that test for hiv too? please help me?

 Do I have swine flu? (symptoms listed in description)?
these symptoms started the moment i woke up this morning - My arms & hands are really numb & tingly, i can barely move them.
ive had a bad fever with huge chills and goosebumps ...

 my daughter as got a cough and runny nose? swine flu?
we are not in the area that the swine flu is in but you can help but worry with the media terrifying everybody!!!
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she is her normal self and not reli under the weather ...

 Why is the swine flu such a big deal?
I've read that over 30,000 people in the US alone die from influenza, so what's with all the wrap from the media, CDC, etc?

Why is it such a big deal?...

 Is this new flu fatal?
is this new "swine flu" fatal?...

 my 3 yr. old just came down with the flu,should i be concerned he may have the swine flu?
he's running a fever,throwing up,says he has a ...

 Will a giant monster awaken from the sea due to the earthquake and swine virus outbreak?
I was on a Mexican news forum and there was a report of a strange siting. I'll try to post the link when I find the site....

 URGENT: Son drank dettol hand sanitizer?
It is a 50ml bottle that wasn't full (maybe three quarters full). There is still roughly 20ml left so I know he couldn't have taken much. My son turns 3 soon and weighs about 16kg. I called ...

 Can I get swine flu through the internet?
A friend of mine on Facebook says that one of his friends on Facebook got swine flu and now he has it. Is there a chance that he caught it while using the internet/Facebook?

I'm ...

 H1N1 symptoms? Please Answer...?
I've had all of the H1N1 symptoms, but on and off throught out 2-3 weeks.
The first week I was coughing/sneezing, sweating but cold, all of the flu sort of stuff. The second week I was ...

 How can i get rid of headlice properly?
I have had a big issue with headlice with my children.

I have 4 children and 2 of them get healdice very regurly and I buy different types of headlice treatments I think i have tried them ...

 Are they closing the schools in Northern Ca. due to the Swine Flu?

 i drank my boyfriends blood and he dosent have anything can it still harm me?
me and me boyfriend love blood and we love drinking each others blood but lately i have felt kinda sick and i was wondering if me and him don't have any crazy disease can we catch something or ...

 can i get ink poisoning from writing on my hands?
i like to write on my hands alot when im bored either with pens or sharpies. can i really get ink poisoning from this???...

 Do you think it's funny that every question in this category is about the swine flu (N1H1)?
Does anyone know what was talked about before the swine flu?
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haha eric....

Swine Flu?...........?
I'm really scared, Please no stupid answers!

I'm scared, i don't want to get it and die :'(
If i catch a cold or have symptoms of like a cold, should i worry?
I live in Australia btw.

Can someone please make me feel better?
I feel stupid asking my parents, they will just say don't worry, but that's not enough, I can't just not worry

Im scared too
some people here in auckland NZ possibly have it and there were alot of people on the plane flight back from LA who got sick, some arent getting better. However its not in australia yet and dont worry they are making sure nobody will die!!

The best way to watch out is to stay away from sick people, stay clear of people coughing. The swine flu is a respiratory problem, so if you start feeling as though it's hard to breath, see your doctor. Some people will wear masks over their mouths to protect themselves as it's an airborne virus. Wash your hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds, and don't touch your face unless your hands are clean. You should really be okay.


As I read some other responses, remember, it is something to be somewhat concerned about. The 1918 Spanish Influenza which killed 20-50 million was done by the Swine Flu which mutated. The avian flu was as a result of eating bird, not something that was contagious just by being around someone. So while I do believe you'll be okay, just because there are no confirmed cases in Australia doesn't mean it won't happen. Be cautious, but there's no worry quite yet. Being careful is being safe. There was a breakout in 1978 which never became anything, but better to be safe. Worry to the extent of you are thorough, but don't lose sleep over it, until we have to.

Mr Fresh
well the disease is from pigs
someone in my class goes pig hunting and touches them
might get the disease
but no need to worry
i live in hamilton 2 hours away from auckland i aint stressing out
2 reports of people in waikato(hamilton)
have been said not worried they have to stay inside
i dont think you will get it all of the symtoms
of the swine flu ive had before WOW LOOK IM ALIVE it was just a flu
well thats what the doctor said
so if you do get it your not gonna die
just go see ya doctor

You have to have had direct contact with someone who has the disease. Being in Australia where there are no confirmed cases you should feel safe.

I think the media gets frenzied over stories like this. A few years ago it was the avian flu epidemic. I think it's ridiculous. Believe me this thing is not going to become an epidemic. If, god forbid, a bigger story should happen like another 911 or something like that, this story will be quickly forgotten.
I sure not going to have any sleepless nights over it....

You probably have nothing at all to worry about unless you've been around someone who was in Mexico recently.
Besides, colds and flu are different. Flu makes you all achy, exhausted, and feverish. If you're not any of those things, you're in no danger.

There are some good tips on how to avoid the swine flu in this article I found. You are mostly susceptible to the infection if you are living near an area where there has been an outbreak or if you are traveling and in close proximity to someone who has contracted the swine flu. Check the article on the front page of http://www.silver-x.com for tips on how to avoid the swine flu including advice about masks.

Listen you need to calm down. Swine Flu, at this point, is a very mild strain. It is actually less aggressive than the regular flu. SO STOP PANICKING!!!! :)

Listen, what you should do to be safe, is stock up on some hand cleaner for now and remember to wash your hands after you've been outside.

This is what you have to look out for--> Last time we had something like this happen, we had a mild strain and then it disappeared. It later came back during flu season, in a mutated, more powerful strain.

So if you want to be a bit more proactive, you stock up a bit on the hand sanitizer and maybe the N95 face masks just in case the same thing happens this time.

But remember our health care and standard of living is a quantum leap ahead of what it was when this first epidemic hap pend. This is why in a less developed country like Mexico they have so many deaths. You live in Australia, and you have an advanced Health Care system and a higher standard of living. Don't worry so much.

FY: You can thank capitalism for that lol :)

Live every second like you'd live your last day.

Hopefully you won't get it, and i'm with your parents on that one "DONT WORRY!!"

they have only 5 suspected cases in nsw out of the whole nation. only if u have recently been to mexico or you know someone who was there within a couple of months ago do u have any chance of getting it. anyway, remember the bird flu 'pandemic'? noone even remembers that!! its not like a really fast killer, and if you do get it it can be easily treated by medical professionals


78 people in Australia possibly have it but the likelihood is most won't have it. Everyone with a sniffle that has been exposed is being tested thats why it's high.

I'm in Australia too and am not worried. Its good to be alert but it's nothing to worry about particularly at this stage. Make sure you stay away from sneezing people and wash your hands well.

Worrying is a waste of time and even if you did(super super unlikely) it probably wouldn't do to much as you're not elderly or very young and your aware so you could get treatment early.

You are far more likely to die in a car accident and I think thats an important thing to remember you dont worry about that cause you're used to it. Media hype is what is causing you to be scared even though not 1 person in Australia has it at this stage.

Living each day to the full is the most important thing you can do and worrying about this unrealistic thing is not helping you do that.

Don't worry Be happy

you'll be fine.


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