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 could i have the swine flu?
i don't want to over react but i feel sick..i have a runny noise and the chills nothing else..but i am still a bit concerned do you think there's a chance??? i have a doctor's ...

 Sore throat after vomiting?
I vomited all day yesterday. At first I thought it was a hangover because I had done a bit of drinking the night before, but it felt different and lasted way too long. (Almost all day) I also ate ...

 ugh my computer keeps saying i have infections..how do i fix this wihout paying?
i need help and fast before my computer crashes....what do i do~!!!!!...

 Help Do i have the swine flu?
Yesterday i cleaned the bathtub with clorox & dish washing soap.
When i finished cleaning it i filled it up with water & bubbles & took a bath that was around 2pm by 9pm my throat ...

 how can you get swine flu?
some kid got it in my class and i was wondering how contagious it is and what are the symptoms of it? also please speak in english not "smart talk" lol thanks!...

 Can an ear infection be painless?
I've been having dizziness and vertigo for the past 3 weeks. And I was wondering if an ear infection be causing the dizziness? I've had an ear infection 5 years ago but don't remember ...

 What is the best thing for a sore/raw throat?

 swine flu a little ridiculous?
is it me or is this swine flu a little ridiculous? its a flu. people get the flu all the time. i dont get what the big deal is.. people in mexico are dying, well look at there health care system .. i ...

 Does anyone know where I can buy swine-flu vaccine, please?

 Question for medics preferably : Is it normal to bleed from nose and throat whilst suffering from flu?
Our family has the worst flu I've ever experienced. It has totalled uis for nearly a week now. We have VERY sore throats, and some congestion, splitting headaches, fatigue and really sore backs ...

 how can i help reduce risk of swine flu?
im flying from australia to dubai to the uk this week (and then to dubai, then thailand and then back to australia after 2weeks) and im thinking with all this flying im rather exposed to swine flu.<...

 Um I don't really know if i should ask but...(adult question)?
I recently found my bf um...."playing" with our dog. Could he have contracted some disease or something? We've been talking about marriage and children, but i'm nervous that he ...

 Swine Flu Over-Exaggerated?
I know that Swine Flu is a Deadly Pandemic, but is it being that deadly??? I head from several doctors, that if you stay home, proper otc medications, and proper car can not kill it, but help lessen ...

 Do blokes get Bird Flu or is it just women?

 oh hi my dad says that everybody is getting swine flu because i got a D on my math test is this true?
i feel so ...

 What's the best kind of medicine for a sore throat?
Or any home remedy for that matter, and what can I do to keep it from getting any worse?

It's only a head cold, but my glands are swollen and my throat is really bothering me....

 Do I have the Swine Flu, If not what do I have?
here are my symptoms.
Bad cough
sore throat
head ache
stomach ache
weakness in the legs
hot/cold sensations
rash forming around my mouth.
But ...

 How to strengthen your immune system? ?
Any suggestions on maintaining a strong immune system?...

 Swine Flu Strikes, but is it all a cover up for something dark?
I was thinking of the Swine Flu that has hit, its hit Britain and near about everywhere, but is there a deeper, darker reason for this, maybe a distraction away from the recession or something more ...

 Will the swine flu outbreak ever "go away"?
Like will it ever be gone so that not many people get it?...

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i've got shingles?
my girlfriend has never had chicken pox but she says she has immunity to it as all her sisters and cousins had it but she never caught it. does this mean she wont get it now or should i keep clear of her till its gone?

Ouch, i hear its so painful.... she wont get it more than likely... just keep it clean and dry.. damn dude, sorry i know that hurts....my boyfriend had it we slept together every night i touched it putting meds on it..... i never got it...

Sally Anne
I agree with nuttygirl. But I don't know about your girlfriend. Maybe she is immune. I should think if she is going to get it she will have been exposed to you long enough by now. Anyway I hope she doesn't and I hope you feel well again soon. It's worse to have it when you are older I understand. More painful. Best of luck

Frankie S
If she has been exposed, you are safe to be close to her.

Ali A
You can't catch chicken pox from shingles as it's a virus that lays dormant inside your body from when you had chicken pox and is not contagious. Unless you have actually had chicken pox you are not immune to it.

kellie r
stay clear it is very infectious i worked in a nursing home for many years and Ive seen many cases they have to be isolated and you have to mask glove and gown trust me she does not want it and tell her to get the vaccine for chicken pox i thought i was immune to it to and when i turned 27 i got chicken pox and almost died they got inside my lungs and caused pneumonia and my veins started to collapse because i couldn't eat or drink due to the sores in my mouth and throat please tell her to get the shot it for her own good

Paula B
I got shingles and my mum thought I hadn't had chicken pox. The doctor said that I maybe had just one or two pox (spots) in my hair, but that I definitely had had chicken pox. Since then other people have told me the same.

Em x
She may have a bit of a natural immunity to it, she may infact have already had it but missed it because it was mild - especiall so if everyone around her had it when she was a child. If she is going to get chicken pox from you she will already have been exposed so it probably wont make a difference if you stay away now! I have had it and didnt pass Chicken Pox to anyone!

Dr. Obvious
The short of it is: Stay away from her. If someone has never had chicken pox, then they can still get chicken pox. Shingles is a manifestation of the same virus that causes chicken pox.

But don't just go by strangers with bits of info that may or may not be correct. Check webmd. See below

From BUPA at:


"Shingles is not infectious in the same way as chickenpox, where the virus can be passed on in coughs and sneezes. However, shingles is contagious. This means it can be passed on by direct contact. Fluid from shingles blisters can cause chickenpox in people who are not already immune. People with shingles should avoid those with a lowered immunity."

The fact that your girlfriend didn't catch chicken pox when people she lived with had it does not mean she has any immunity, she was probably just lucky. So, the best course would probably be to avoid any direct contact while your shingles is active. I know from personal experience that chicken pox is not a pleasant illness for adults.

Anna J
people say that all the time... ohh i can't get it.... unless she had the vaccine ....which i doubt she did... she could still get chicken pox... i would stear clear until its gone... or at least no physical contact... good luck

Nutty Girl
A person with a shingles rash can pass the virus to someone, usually a child, who has never had chickenpox, but the child will develop chickenpox, not shingles. A person with chickenpox cannot communicate shingles to someone else. Shingles comes from the virus hiding inside the person's body, not from an outside source.

with chickenpox when the spots appear the infection will have already have spread I can't find information on whether you are still infectious with the spots you have if your g/f doesn't want to get chicken pox you probably should avoid her for a while

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