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 How many of you are scared to get the swine flu?
Serious question so no smart or rude remarks!! =] thanks!...

 If swine flu isn't as bad,,why is everyone so concerned like there are scanners in the airport!!!!!?

im really freaked out cuz they were saying that the swine flu is in the bay area now, and i live in the bay area!! if u dont know where the bay area is its in california near the coast.
should i ...

 Should I take the Swine Flu Vaccine?
I'm really scared about the swine flu vaccine. I'm also not very sure I should take it. My mom got a piece of paper indicating about the Swine Flu Vaccine and it was said I should go to ...

 Very sick.. Please what are my symptoms showing?
Im sooo cold, im shivering but I have a fever of 101. I have a very soar throat, and bad cough. My chest is killing me from choughing so much. I ache so badly ever where and me head hurts very badly. ...

 i think i have the swine flu i got back from mexico a couple of days ago, am i going to die :( ?

 Did I get Swine Flu While I was in Washington, DC?!?!?!?
I just came back from my trip to Washington DC and unfortunately my friends and I had to walk in the rain without any warm jackets. The next day I got a runny nose and a slight cough/sore throat. I ...

 I'm so sick what is wrong with me?
I have a fever,headache, bodyaches,runny nose, cough, my throat feels bruised, having hard time talking,vomiting bile and have diahrrea....

 what do u think of swine flu ?
and did u know that in Ireland they plan to vaccinate every one by Autumn ?...

 can anything stop you getting the flu bug,thats going around?
especially when you have been around people that have it....

 Do anyone know if you can get hiv through saliva?
can you get hiv from smoking (cigarettes) after someone?...

 Other than, HIV,hep b, & hep c what othe illnesses caan be caused through drug abuse?

do you think that there will be loads of deaths?
what do you think?...

 what are the symptoms of swine flu?

 Ok, now that it's that time of year.... Why do we get sick more easily in the winter?
I know that one reason is because we're inside more, and therefore around people more so some diseases spread more easily. However, it seems being out in the cold leads to me being sick as well....

 Can you go back to school after having the flu for 4 days?
I feel all better, and tomorrow it would be 48 hours from having my fever. DO you think thats ok? Will I still be contagious even if I'm not coughing to sneezing or don't have any symptoms? ...

 is by donation of blood hiv not spread?

 could it be the flu or just really bad cold pleasee answer !?
A few days ago I was really stuffed up but I felt fine otherwise but then yesterday morning when I got up I felt really achy and when I got up dizzy and stuffed up throughout the whole day until ...

 bladder infection?[i am a girl]?
ik that my picture shows a guy, but i am indeed a girl, who happens to love the name Jimmy.[notice the name to go with my guy pic] anyway, about two days ago, i recently began noticing that it hurt ...

 PLEASE HELP ME !!!!!!!!!!!! I MIGHT DIE/GET SWINE FLU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
I went to the gas station, I touched the handle to open the door and went out. When i got home i just splashed my hands in some water and wiped it on a towel. Then i walked away then an hour later i ...

Does taking antibiotics have any affect on a cold virus?
I was told that antibiotics have no effect - and someone I know is arguing that antibiotics do help to get rid of colds.
As far as I know antibiotics only kill bacterial infections. Who is right?

antibiotics are agents meant to kill cooties like viruses,bacteria,fungii,parasites
adult human has 8,000,000,000 trillion immune cells that usually are adequate to kill
invading pathogens,only a small number of natures tiny lifeforms are dangerous to us
we boost nature by lab creating antibiotics that kill these either in a petry dish,and in live tissue.
cold viruses are 160 to 200 in number,each one lasts 7 to 10 days.you get acquired immunity to each one.Viruses are much smaller than bacteria.Antivirals like tamiflu are meant to kill influenza virus,or reduce its severity,Antibiotics such as amoxicillin,etc,kill bacteria,but are not effective
against viruses.Human gi tract,mouth,etc,have billions of harmless bacilli that just sit there,usually,and take up living space otherwise made available to harmful bacteria,AND,yeasts,mold,fungi. A singer steamer is more likely to reduce cold symptoms,maybe kill it,but antibiotics do not work with the virus.Sometimes overgrowth of yeasts cause symptoms
like those of a cold,sinus infections,ear infections,,,if your cold owes to this factor,doc might prescribe an antifungal.,systemic vs otc stuff like lamisil.They usually do not listen to this approach

Chris Hunter
Antibiotics may help relieve symptoms of a virus but the virus itself. Your bodies immune system should eventually take care of it. Getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids should help get over the virus faster.

rhay ♥
you are right. viruses are resistant to any and all antibiotics because of their cell walls.they are shaped differently, and they come in all varities, unlike the three predictable bacterial shapes. bacteria only come in 3 shapes, rod, circular, and spiral (but with much more high tech names, see below). they can predict the shape of the bacteria, but not the virus. they can give you a shot prior to contracting the virus only because they are predicting the shape that the virus will take, and take note that it is not 100% accurate.

No, it should have no effect because you can take antibiotics to cure a cold, and if your not taking the right kind for a cold then it wouldn't effect the cold because its not working to that area.

You're right, Antibiotics don't have any effect when you have a viral infection. They only kill nonresistant bacterias.

I'm a second year student biomedical sciences

Antibiotics only destroy the bacteria. I think you need an anti-viral treatment to get rid of a cold, or just work the virus out of your system. I think. Lol.

you are. Colds are viral and antibiotics will not do a thing to get rid of them. Unfortunately a lot of people go to their doctors and beg for them when they have a cold and doctors give them prescriptions. That is why humans may become resistant to antibiotics one day, they are WAY overused.

You are. Antibiotics kill bacteria, but have no effect on viruses. Since colds are viral infections, antibiotics would have no effect on them.

You are right. Antibiotics won't do anything for a cold virus, they only kill bacterial infections like a sinus infection or strep throat. It is actually dangerous to take antibiotics when you have a viral infection because you can potentially increase your risk of developing antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections that don't respond to front-line antibiotics and require more intensive treatment.

Danii W
You are right, Antibiotics do not kill viruses. They only kill Bacterial infections like you said.

Antibiotics are for bacterial infections, yes.

Not viruses.

Your friend is wrong and needs to understand that people shouldn't be taking antibiotics for just anything as they foul up the immune system.

you are absolutely correct

antibiotics do diddly for viruses (colds, flu). they work for bacterial infection.

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