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 Body odor at 6yrs old????
My 6 and 1/2 yr old son has strated to develop a strong body odor (arm pits). He is not overly sweaty, just stinky. He is tall for his age (52inches), solid (65lbs), and more mature than his ...

 No silly answers please, but Why do I have Itchy Palms?
I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but my palms are generally very itchy. I notice it most when I'm typing on my keyboard at work, and when I'm driving. It's possible ...

 Why do mosquitoes always go for me and not my girlfriend?
Whenever I come back from holiday – I am always covered large itchy mosquito bites, where as my girlfriend is often returns unscathed (even though we use the same products – i.e. shower gel, ...

 I got sunburned??
on my stomach really bad and my chest area, its not that bad cuz my arms were too but now their brownish, how long do u think it will be until im tan, and not suburned? cuz im meeting up with this ...

 Do u know any home remedies for killing head lice?

 Does anyone know how to lose a tan??
I got really tan this summer to find that i look much better pale..
Does anyone know a way to quicken the process of losing a tan?...

 14 years old and i still haven't had chicken pox, What shall i do?
Im gettin quite worried, All my friends and other people i know have hade chicken pox.

Why haven't i?

Shall i contact the doctor?

Or just forget about it

 I Have Terrible Acne?
I have terrible acne.

I was my face all the time, I use proactive, clean and clear and store brand products.

I even went to a dermatologists and got 100$ acne removal thing ...

 I shaved my pubes and I have a horrible rash?
The rash has a brownish tint, I'm white mind you, how should I make the rash go away?...

 How do you get rid of a freaking wart on my finger on my left hand. Every time I cut it, blood comes out?
It heals but it grows back and I hate feeling it when I am writing or when I see it, I want to get rid of it. Is this reallly bad or should I take immediate action? All the people who care give me an ...

 Why is my arm red?
i have a weird rash on my right hand sholder, well its a lil bit more under but it started like 2 or 3 weeks ago, i do not know what caused it. im 19.
i thought it was those arm pimples but they ...

 I have 2 anus's its embarrassing?
I was born with a genetal deformaty, i have 2 anus's one in front of the other. They both work. As im in my 20's its becoming harder to hide from my girlfriend. What shall i do.

 Why is everyone's blood red?
i just always ...

 Is there a vitimin or something i can use to reduce the circles under my eyes?
I get 8 hrs of sleep a night

I eat healthy and exercise

I dont drink or smoke

I think its hereditary (SP?)...

 Does Urine get rid of acne?
I was watching TV again LOL
but yeah someone said that Urine gets rid of problems like acne.

Is it true?
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 How can you get rid of acne without buying anything?
I've had acne for four years and I've tried proactiv, but it didn't help. any suggestions?...

 Help me please?
My daughter's cousin poked her at school today with a pencil really hard, and the place where she did it has a white ring around it, and it is black with a piece of led on the inside. We've ...

 How to treat dry lips? Chapsticks are not working?
I drink sufficient water, but still lips are always dry. What to do? Chapsticks are making it worse....

 How can i get rid of realy bad athletes foot without using pharmacuticals?

 How can you remove skin tags?
Got loads of the blighters!
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Ask Mike
Why do people only get chicken pox once?
What's the medical reason? Please include links!

you are all in my heart forever
your body becomes immune to it. however, some people have a mild case and can get it again. this happened to my son. he was only a couple weeks old when he got it the first time. when your older you can get shingles. it's a variation of chicken pox. even if you had chicken pox you can get shingles and it's extremely painful. it attacks the nerve endings

punk/alternative/rock listener
I think it is because we eat too much chicken? that's how we become immune.

It is a fact that people only get chicken pox once; however, the virus can lay dormant for years and can come back as "shingles".

You're body builds up an immunity to it. However, there have been cases where a person has gotten it twice because they didn't get a severe enough case the first time. They have a vaccine for it.

Shrikant K
Once we get chicken pox our body develops defence mechanism / immunity for the same and we don't get later.

You can get chicken pox more than once. It depends on how bad you get them the first time and on your immune system.
Also, if you haven't ever been exposed to chicken pox and you are around someone that has "shingles" then you could get chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox and is exposed to shingles and don't take basic universal precautions (hand washing) then you could get the "shingles". By the way, shingles hurt really bad from what I have been told by people that have had them.
By the way, if you are pregnant and expose you unborn to who ever has them (within 3 feet) then you risk your unborn's health.

you develop an immunity to the virus so if you come in contact with it again your blood cells fight the virus so you don't become infected.

Following an attack of Chicken pox ,we get immunity, as in case of other viral infections. But one can get Herpes Zoster attack by same virus, later.In this condition a small area on one side of body alone is affected.

I don't have a link....but it is because your body becomes immune to the disease

pride as a quincy
white blood cells attack the pathogenic (bad) cells that cause it, and immunity B cells are released trying to bond with an antigen on the chicken pox pathogen, when it does, a signal is sent to the T cells to make antibodies

once the invading pathogen is destroyed, the T, B, antibody, and a few white blood cells turn to memory cells wich will destroy the pathogen quicker before it can be more harmful

it IS technically possible to get it twice if you have bad immunity

the chicken pox virus has mutated very little in the years, so the memory cells still have no problem destroying the invading pathogens

Richard S
You can actually get them twice. But that would be only because the first case was really mild.

Once you get chicken pox, the virus remains in your nerve cells for the rest of your life, so additional exposure to the virus has no effect. In most people the virus remains dormant after the initial outbreak, but it reappears in some people as shingles.

saskia r
Because you're white blood cells develop anti-bodies against every virus that enters your body.
Chicken pox is the same virus every time again, so when it enters your body for a second time your body has the anti-bodies ready to kill the virus immediately.
Most viruses survive by changing a tiny bit every time so your body doesn't have the exact anti-bodies ready t fight it. That's why you can have fever for many times. And the minute your temperature in your body starts rising it's your body making the new anti-bodies.
Fever changes shape, I think. That's why you can't have it again after a day you've had it. So you have it once now and then, but never twice in one week.
My mum explained this to me so many times using the examples of little soldiers in my body fighting the enemy and that they can only fight one sort of enemy.
So there, I have never had chicken pox, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed never to get it!!!

(Doctors are now injecting children with a part of a virus so the child's body will start making the right "soldiers" to attack the virus when it really comes along. Same priciple, it's easy and completely natural. Your very own medicin against a virus.)

Troy B
The body develops immunity to the chicken pox virus.

Bill R
i have heard of people getting Chicken pox more than one even3 times.

Gareth T
Your body becomes immune to the virus. The only reason you keep getting flu/a cold is because there's many different types. Most have the same symptoms.

But there's only one kind of chicken pox virus

♥☺ bratiskim∞! ☺♥
Usually your body builds up immunity to the disease because after you've gone through it the virus remains in your system.

I however, caught the disease twice. It itched for quite a while but after that, I was bored. I had to stay home for and missed the last weeks of the school year. I did get to make pancakes for me and my little cousin since both of us were down for the count.

Adults who've had this disease can develop shingles later in life if they experience a high level of stress.

Miguel c
because you develop immunity after, like falling in love :)

i don't no because i never had chicken pox.sry.

after one time your body produces antibodies for the virus

I have no links for you but people can get chicken pox more than once actually! My freinds mom got it twice! Reason behind most people only getting it once is because they build up an immunity to it!

You only get chickenpox once because your body builds up a resistance to the virus. However the virus is catch-able in the strain for shingles. There is now a shot that can be given to prevent shingles and is advisable especially for older people. I myself had shingles, it attacks the nerves in your body and it is very painful. So if you have had chickenpox you are susceptible to shingles in later years. Check with you doctors for advise on getting the shot or not.

The body produces a resistance in the form of antibodies that keep a person from getting smallpox again.

Your immune system builds anti-bodies against the disease. Basically it's like after you get rid of it once there is still a very minute trace of the disease left in your body. That minute trace acts a counter and if it enters your body again your immune system is ready for it and already knows how to destroy it. It gets destroyed so fast you'll never even know you had it again. You can sort of compare it to a cop having a picture of a killer and if he sees you on the streets he will take you down.

Well what happens is your white blood cells produce antigens for each type of bacteria or microbe so when that certain chicken pox virus comes along it creates the special antigen, but when a new virus comes in to ur body your white blood cells learn to make that special antigen to destroy the virus.

Actually you can get it more than once. My dad had it twice, i know alot of people who have had it twice.

They don't, necessarily.

*Usually* people only get chicken pox (caused by the varicella zoster,virus)once, because after that one attack, the immune system recognises it as soon as it appears in the blood stream and kills it before it can breed enough in our bodies to make us poorly. Once you get the virus, you have it, but it usually stays dormant in other tissues and doesn't cause harm, for years and years.

Some people, like me, are unlucky enough to get chicken pox twice.

More commonly, the same virus can 'wake up' in people who have had chicken pox before to give them a very, very, *very* nasty and painful rashy illness called 'shingles' (herpes zoster, and how sad is it that I am not a doctor and didn't have to look that up) which attacks the nerves and causes a lot of pain and can even paralyse those affected.

(One reason to get annoyed at people who think their children 'should be exposed to get it over with'. Not only does it cause permanent scarring, it leaves them open to shingles as adults. It is not harmless.)

Since you asked for a link, here is one from a proper governmental medical site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/chickenpox.html
and a site that site links to:
and what YA answer would be complete without a wikipedia link?
Although the wikipedia is claiming that the *vaccine* can give 20% of people shingles later in life, so I am dubious as to its accuracy. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/vaccines/193.html lists no such side-effect and I would rather the vaccine than the bug!
http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/immunization/ChickenpoxFacts.htm is a last link for luck and a try for ten points.

Flame 187
Not true coz i had them 2wice when i was a kid !! :(

Your body builtds up a defense against it after having it

Cheyenne S
Theoretically it's because your body builds up immunities the first time.

But, my son actually had the chicken pox twice!

Once when he was 2 and again when he was 6.

Chicken pox in adult males can be very bad! It can cause them to become sterile!

The virus leaves its prototypes which last too long, and which works as a vaccine too, and also due to the scope of our body to develop strong immunity antidotes too!

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