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What if you drink coffee having the shingles?

What if you drink coffee having the shingles?

No issues, kinda'...: Coffee drinking with shingles does not change the actual disease process of shingles. However, if caffeine causes you to be jittery or anxious, it can increase your sensitivity to the pain. If you are use to drinking coffee and it does not cause any changes normally, it should not bother you specifically relating to shingles. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Can you drink alcohol whiled taking famvir famciclovir for shingles?

Can you drink alcohol whiled taking famvir famciclovir for shingles?

In moderation: No interactions are listed between Famvir (famciclovir) and ethanol (drinking alcohol) but moderation is always wise. Famvir (famciclovir) can cause nausea & vomiting by itself. ...Read more

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I'm a 38 yr. Old woman and I'm on the 6th day of my first episode of shingles. Do you think drinking apple cider vinegar might help kill the virus?

I'm a 38 yr. Old woman and I'm on the 6th day of my first episode of shingles. Do you think drinking apple cider vinegar might help kill the virus?

No.: I am sorry to hear about your case of shingles. It can be quite painful. Apple cider vinegar will do nothing to kill the virus or shorten the duration of your symptoms. There are antiviral medicines that can help and also good pain medicines to make you feel better. ...Read more

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I have this rash that looks like bites or hives. The only way it tends to dissapear is when I drink beer. Stress., hives, shingles? I'm confused. It st

I have this rash that looks like bites or hives. The only way it tends to dissapear is when I drink beer. Stress., hives, shingles? I'm confused. It st

Well: This rash could be several things it could be an allergic reaction a toxic reaction hives irritation or rarely shingles. Examination is required to diagnose and treat a rash specifically recommend photographs with Healthtap visit or face-to-face primary care doctor visit ...Read more

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Why can't u drink drinks with caffeine in them such as soda or coffee after donating plasma?

Why can't u drink drinks with caffeine in them such as soda or coffee after donating plasma?

Fluids noc caffeine: You need to replace the fluid volume most immediately and caffeine increases blood flow to the kidneys, makes more urine, and thereby reduces plasma volume in the short term. Drink fluids but not caffeine. ...Read more

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Is normal anxiety different from caffeine induced anxiety? When I drink coffee, I feel very unsettled and can't make it stop.

Is normal anxiety different from caffeine induced anxiety? When I drink coffee, I feel very unsettled and can't make it stop.

Don't drink coffee: Patient: it hurts every time I hit my thumb w/hammer. Doctor: then don't hit your thumb w/hammer. Anxiety is anxiety in terms of experience. What's different is cause. You know the cause. Better yet, it's avoidable. So stop drinking coffee. If you're really curious, pay attention to what happens when you drink tea, soda, or energy drinks as they all have caffeine to varying degrees. Chocolate, too. ...Read more

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Have a tooth in the front on bottom hurts in the am when I get up. And wen I drink coffee what is wrong. Can't see that it has a hole in it?

Have a tooth in the front on bottom hurts in the am when I get up. And wen I drink coffee what is wrong. Can't see that it has a hole in it?

Needs exam: Hard to say exactly what the problem is without seeing the tooth and looking at a radiograph. It may have a cavity that you cannot see, or you may be grinding your teeth at night, hitting the tooth and causing inflammation. Either way have a local dentist look at it. ...Read more

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I feel headache when I don't drink coffee in the morning?

I feel headache when I don't drink coffee in the morning?

Headaches & Caffeine: Those who drink coffee (caffeine) on a regular basis are very likely to suffer from withdrawal headaches when they don't drink/consume it. These headaches can be significant and usually go away when caffeine is taken -- however that may not be the best thing to do -- particularly if you are trying to stop your caffeine use. ...Read more

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What is a healthy amount of coffee to drink that won't create a mild physical dependence?

What is a healthy amount of coffee to drink that won't create a mild physical dependence?

Caffeine addiction: One can become physiologically habituated to caffeine by drinking only 1-2 cups of coffee per day. You would notice this if you used coffee daily for awhile, and then stopped suddenly. Caffeine withdrawal leads to headache, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, foggy-headed thinking, etc. ...Read more

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Everday morning a cup of coffee, without which I feel more lethargic than normal if I don't drink. Am I addicted?

Everday morning a cup of coffee, without which I feel more lethargic than normal if I don't drink. Am I addicted?

Coffee addiction?: Addicted? Probably not. Physiologically dependent, very possibly. Caffeine is a stimulant. The brain actually changes a little with chronic exposure to caffeine, and abrupt cessation of caffeine can trigger a pretty significant withdrawal reaction--headache, trembling, anxiousness, jitteriness, difficulty concentrating, faster heart rate, etc. Not a big deal. It usually takes about a week to go aw. ...Read more

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How much coffee is too much? I probably drink about 36 oz a day. I also drink 4-5 liters of water a day. Doesn't bother me, but want to be healthy.

How much coffee is too much? I probably drink about 36 oz a day. I also drink 4-5 liters of water a day. Doesn't bother me, but want to be healthy.

Two to three: The best amount of caffeine to have is about 300 mg or less per day. This equates to about 2-3 cups, depending on how strong they are. Drinking more is not unsafe per se, but you won't get any additional alertness, and the diuretic effects will make you urinate frequently. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How to deal with drowsiness? It's a side effect of my medication. I don't drink coffee.

How to deal with drowsiness? It's a side effect of my medication. I don't drink coffee.

Well: There are several approaches if medicine causes drowsiness take it at bedtime or drink tea to stay awake or start drinking coffee also fresh air cool air conditioning and exercise can help you stay awake also getting eight hours sleep and Can help you be more awake during the daytime ...Read more

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What is a good pattern to drink tea or coffee so I don't develop a caffeine dependence?

What is a good pattern to drink tea or coffee so I don't develop a caffeine dependence?

Just minimize.: Make a conscious decision to have, say, one or two cups a day, and that's it. No more. Not even decaf. You have to control it, and it won't take you over. ...Read more

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How should I cut back on drink coffee (caffeine consumption). I feel like I can't function without my coffee.?

How should I cut back on drink coffee (caffeine consumption). I feel like I can't function without my coffee.?

Gradually: Any changes to a habit should be made gradually. You can cut back by one cup every one or two weeks and compensate for the reduced caffeine with exercise, increased lighting, etc. Http://www. Wikihow. Com/Quit-Caffeine ...Read more

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Is 1 cup of coffee with milk and sugar a day alright? If I don't drink a cup each time I wake up, I get headaches.

Is 1 cup of coffee with milk and sugar a day alright? If I don't drink a cup each time I wake up, I get headaches.

Addiction: No human body needs caffeine, sugar or milk (another form of high sugar food) once they are an adult. Your headaches are your body's proof to you that you have an addiction. If you go a few days without coffee these headaches will disappear. ...Read more

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What are the drawbacks of drinking coffee? Can it cause problems, although the caffeine doesn't give you jitters or anxiety/nervousness?

What are the drawbacks of drinking coffee? Can it cause problems, although the caffeine doesn't give you jitters or anxiety/nervousness?

Moderation: Like any chemical, caffeine can cause health problems if abused. Limit your intake to one or two portions a day, and you should be fine. Remember that tea and most colas also have caffeine. Too much could cause fast heart rate, arrythmias, high blood pressure, and hyperactivity. So, enjoy, just don't overdo it. Good luck. ...Read more

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After the caffeine from my coffee wears off, I get migraines. Should I stop drinking coffee altogether? I don't want to be dependent on it

After the caffeine from my coffee wears off, I get migraines. Should I stop drinking coffee altogether? I don't want to be dependent on it

Sounds...: Sounds more like caffeine withdrawal headaches. Aka caffeine rebound headache. You may need to simply taper of caffeine and see how things evolve over the ensuing 3-5 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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When I run out of meds, I sometimes have to use coffee as a substitute (I don't normally drink) how much should I limit myself to each day?

????: You should really be trying to limit yourself from running out of medication. And if coffee is an adequate substitute for a prescription medication, then why do you need the medication at all? ...Read more

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What healthy food I need to consume to help me stay up late night? I don't want to take any energy drink and no coffee. I drank it too much.

What healthy food I need to consume to help me stay up late night? I don't want to take any energy drink and no coffee. I drank it too much.

Night owl: The best way to stay awake is to be well rested. If you get enough sleep on a regular basis it will be much easier for you to stay awake when you absolutely must.

Avoid sugar, eat more protein (almonds, cashews) snack on peanut butter and celery, don't eat huge meals, avoid starchy foods, drink cold water. ...Read more

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Why do I always get so tired and sleepy after drinking coffee? Isn't it supposed to wake me up? Instead its doing the opposite. Please advice.

Why do I always get so tired and sleepy after drinking coffee? Isn't it supposed to wake me up? Instead its doing the opposite. Please advice.

Sleepiness: You are right- caffeine normally improves alertness, but there is only so much it can do. It is doubtful that sleepiness is related to coffee. Are you sleepy regardless of the coffee? Common causes of sleepiness are sleep apnea, insomnia, or insufficient sleep due to poor sleep hygeine or sleep-wake cycle derangements. ...Read more

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I drink coffee at least three times a day, and I do suffer from high pulse, should I stop drinking coffee? I can't function in a day without coffee

I drink coffee at least three times a day, and I do suffer from high pulse, should I stop drinking coffee? I can't function in a day without coffee

Coffee: After your first cup of coffee you have enough caffeine to limit side effect withdrawals. Try to drink half and half thereafter and slowly limit the amount over time. If you can limit to one a day it should not interfere with your blood pressure. Daily exercise is one of the best things you can do to maintain healthy blood pressure. My best. ...Read more

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When I drink coffee, feel hypersensitive, jittery, and very strange, can't focus. I don't get this even when I drink alot of tea. What can cause it?

Coffee: The caffeine in the coffee MAY be causing anxiety or even impacting the beat of your heart. Please see your doc to rule that out or identify what may be the case. If your coffee is caffeinated consider tapering off that and replacing it w/decaf. There are some good tasting brands. Do you use other stimulants such as sugar or high fructose corn syrup? Tea has caffeine but less. Peace&health. ...Read more

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I gag after drinking coffee. I'm 30, in good health, no known health problems, I don't gag after eating anything else be it spicy or highly acidic?

I gag after drinking coffee. I'm 30, in good health, no known health problems, I don't gag after eating anything else be it spicy or highly acidic?

Then why drink it?: We can't without thorough examination answer accurately your question, other than to suggest for now avoidance of an known irritant (as in your case, coffee) that reliably results in undesirable symptoms. ...Read more

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Should I drink green tea every day? Since your body gets used to caffeine, that's why I haven't opted for coffee as your body will get used to caffeine

Should I drink green tea every day? Since your body gets used to caffeine, that's why I haven't opted for coffee as your body will get used to caffeine

Sure, that is fine.: Go decaf. The leaves contain antioxidant polyphenols. Studies show that polyphenols in green tea have anti-carcinogenic effect ; lead to a reduced heart disease death rate. The linus pauling institute reported a study that suggested green tea can assist w glycemic control. Not more than 5 cups per day. ...Read more

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