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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? Im 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? Im 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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more