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 Help me! Yest Infections.?
I Am in a new relationship and im scared to say anything but i think i may have a yeast infection from him. im a little worried about it.
there is a slight oder and a tiny bit of discharge. i ...

 how do you get rid of a cold?
i feel like im getting a cold..my throat kinda hurts and mi nose is sometimes stuffy. is there a way i can make it "go away" before it really comes?...

 OMG!! i think i have swine flu !?
i live in manhattan new york city and here there's are WAY more swine flu cases then any where else in U.S.A. of course im scared nearly 100 kids have been contaminated. lately i have had a ...

 can strep throat go away without antibiotics?

 I'm very worried about my son, and I think he might be gay. What should I do?
He's like 15, and all he talks about is shoes, and theater, and drama. His voice is whiny and he doesn't have any hair that's not on his head. I am not raising a homo in my house, so ...

 Do I have the symptoms of HIV?
Latley I have been getting ill alot more than i usually do having things such as colds alot and feeling tired, i think there could be something wrong with my immune system which could indicate that i ...

 how can i convince my friend's mom that i'm not infected?
so, the swine flu outbroke about a week ago in Mexico City. from March 29- April 5, i was in Cancun, Mexico. my friend's mom doesn't want my friend to sleepover at my house this weekend, ...

 Is it true that the Swine Flu started in Mexico?
That's what kids at my school have been saying and my friend Paco got really offended when somebody called it the Mexican F...

 Swine Flu is it gonna effect us alll ?
Swine Flu Is It Goign to Kill The WHole World?...

 swine flu being blown out of proportion?
what do you think?...

 Why can't anybody find a cure for AIDS?
And why is it that they most likely never will?...

 What are the first signs of the swine flu?
i woke up with a sore throat so i stayed home just in case.
now im starting to get dizzy and feel like im about to vomit or have diarriah.
I do not have a fever
i don't want to go ...

 Is it true Penicillin can cause urine infections?
I was on penicillin for a time for a throat infection and now i have a bladder or urine infection. My local pharmacist said Penicillin can kick start one.
Is this true?...

 Is my child at risk of swine flu if we have spent time with someone visiting from Mexico?
We spent Saturday 9th May with my sister-in-law that lives in Mexico. She arrived around the 28th April from cancun to the uk. She has no signs of being ill and was given the all clear from the ...

 will I get swine flu and die? I live in Edinburgh and I'm 22?

 why did poor countries have the most bird flu cases?
i have info showing that poor countries had the most cases of bird flu, what is the link?
Additional Details
I know they have bad health care... tahts why there are more deaths, but that ...

 18 year old son, sick, fever, cough, headache, swine flu?
My son went to the doctor's twice, first time last Sunday fever, headache, chills, nothing was given to him but a shot for his headache, then Thursday he wasn't getting better, added a ...

 109.2 Fever?
I woke up this morning with a 109.2 fever. i have small red dots all over my body some are purplish red. Not chicken Pox. The room feels like its spinning and i passed out a few times. WHat SHOULD I D...

 Why have the media said almost nothing more about the swine flu in the last 2 weeks?
From late April to early May it was about the only thing the media talked about....

 Ok, the swine flu is like every other flu?
The ONLY difference is the lack of a vaccine.

Now, do you people who are freaking out right now EVER get vaccinated for the regular flu? Probably not. This flu is NOTHING different, other ...

should i be worried abou the swine flu?
i heard people in new york got it and i live in philadelphia. im having mixed emotions because the health officials are saying they expect deaths but many teachers at my school are saying they are just trying to make us aware. i heard that the regular flu is the cause for over 36,000 deaths. im pretty sure that the people in mexico are dying because they really don't have the medication or the money im just scared it will be the next plague for america.

Gorkbark Porkduke Gefunken Fubar
No, the dangers are being vastly overblown. You should be more worried about illegal immigration, because the illegals will be dragging this stuff in unimpeded.

Realize that this swine flu episode is a DIVERSION created by the government to distract people from the economic crisis and the swindlers who are being paid millions or billions of taxpayer dollars just because they have buddies in Congress.

It is only *potentially* lethal, and outbreaks in the U.S. have been few and far between. It allegedly cannot be transmitted between humans.

It's also "controllable", meaning anybody who gets it, can be treated for it.

You shouldn't worry too much.

with <3 xoxo

everything you need is right there (:
just take the basic precautions you would to not get sick in general, like washing your hands, and you'll be fine. There is treatment and don't expect to die because you won't if when you think you have it (if you ever do) and get tested right away!

totally awesome
I wouldn't be too concerned with it. As you stated in your question. the regular flu causes 36,000 deaths per year and you don't see anyone stressing over that. The media is hyping it up to get ratings. And health officals just want people to be on the lookout. it'll be fine.

Well people probably will be, especially if they live where it's spreading. I dont thin kyou should worry though.

If you still are worried, some good ways to avoid it can be washing your hands and taking showers often, and just try to stay as clean as possible. =)

It's not as bad as the media is claiming, but still be a little cautious about it. You know, be careful around people with flue-like symptoms.

You are correct the media just wants to scare use listen to you're teachers they are wise.

well I think there is only 65 people in america who have it.
thats 65 / 300,000+ people, so not a lot of people have it so you shouldn't worry too much!

S on my CHEST
it isnt that bad
media just always looks for some BS to freak out about
notice how they dont talk about the recession that much anymore and talk about the swine flu more
the media is just looking to make people see them by making a big deal out of it

It's a concern if you come directly in contact with someone who has it. It can be fatal, but normally you can recover from it within a few days of contracting the disease.

This flu has been around since 1976. Your teacher is right, people die of regular flu all the time, normally people with weak immune systems, small children, or the elderly. As long ad you eat a well balanced diet, you immune system will be strong enough to fight it.

Ignore the media, they are the scum of society, praying on the weak minded.

Frankie Say Relax
there is not yet a cure, but you can prevent it:

wash your hands more often(carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer around with you).

try not to go near people that are showing symptoms.

keep your immune system strong by getting plenty of sleep and eating right.

do not put unfamiliar things in your mouth(tables, bags, shoes, pencils, etc.).

if you think you have it, stay home and get plenty of rest.

do NOT, and i repeat, do NOT make out with pigs or lick their noses.

Well Im not an expert nor do I claim to have a wealth of knowledge on any such subject. But there are a few things to consider.

First of all, many people die every year from the normal flu that goes around in the winter. A lot of these people are elderly or very young people with weaker immune symptoms.

Secondly, Mexico has a higher poverty rate than the United States, and I would not be surprised if a number of the people who died in Mexico from the Swine Flu were people who could not afford to go to doctors and hospitals.

Also, there is not yet a vaccine for the swine flu, all the news reports say that is months off as they are still trying to come up with the actual vaccine frm samples of the virus that they've taken from people who have it etc.

I think one thing that would ease a lot of this type of question would be if the darn press or government or whoever would release the statistics of the deaths from swine flu. At least their age so that people could see who are at more risk of swine flu related death.

Though to be honest, as an American Citizen I do not think you should be too worried about dying from it unless the strain mutates and becomes virulent beyond the capabilities of Medicine. From all the articles I've read so far it seems that most people in the US havent even been hospitalized from it, and that there are medications that the government is allotting to hospitals etc that do seem to help reduce the severity and length of the illness.

In reality, the swine flu is nothing more than a glorified flu. I dont mean to denote the severity of it, as it is a mutated strain between human, bird, and swine influenza viruses - but it would not be good to panic and stress out about it, as stress lowers your immune system!

Just eat well, sleep well, take your vitamins, wash your hands, and dont touch your face!

Another word of advice - Google "swine flu" and read the news articles, then google "black plague" or even "spanish influenza of the 1930's" and you will see that really, this Swine flu is not as serious as the media would like you to believe at this point.

dont worry.. its not as bad that it can kill you.. it only gets you sick but you can be cured.

Marco's girl
I wouldn't stress, I am trying not to. Think of all the millions of people, and think of how many have the swine flu. Yes, it could get worse, it also could die off. Your teachers want to make you aware and that is a good thing. Very important: keep washing your hands and keep your hands off your face (eyes, nose and mouth), try to avoid sick people and avoid big crowds. Hopefully we will all be fine. I live an hour away from the border of Mexico!!

No, there are anti-virals that are available. Unless you have a young child or a perent over the age of 65 then you should be fine. The reason that so many Mexicans are dying is that they are either poor or in poverty and unable to receive proper healthcare.

You should worry, but not too much.

It's always important to try to stay healthy so you can fight off the swine flu or any other flu if you get it. Eat right, drink plenty of water, exercise, get enough sleep. Wash your hands. Avoid people who seem sick. See the doctor right away if you get sick with flu symptoms.

That's all you can do unless the flu hits your area. Then you might need to avoid concerts, festivals, any place with crowds.

Do what you can, then try not to worry about it. Don't let this concern take over your life.

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