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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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How can I prevent getting strep?

How can I prevent getting strep?

Universal: Universal precautions are the best way to prevent getting strep. Those would be to wash hands whenever appropriate, do not share food/utensils/cups/plates, use of alcohol rubs. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting arthritis?

How can I prevent getting arthritis?

Move and Stay thin: Maintaining a healthy weight and moving your joints everyday is a good way to prevent arthritis. Exercises that allow your joints to maintain their full range of motion are the best. Don't forget your small joints such as your fingers and toes too. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from getting warts?

How can I prevent from getting warts?

Avoid the virus: Warts are cause by HPV, the human papilloma virus. HPV is spread by direct skin contact. So avoid touching people with warts! ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting cjd?

How can I prevent getting cjd?

Rare disease: There are no specific steps to take, other than to avoid exposure to the body fluids of someone with the disease. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting mesothelioma?

How can I prevent getting mesothelioma?

Avoid asbestos: Although we are not sure what exactly causes mesothelioma, there is an association with asbestos exposure. ...Read more

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How can i prevent getting the hantavirus?

How can i prevent getting the hantavirus?

Hantavirus: Avoid contact with fresh urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents. ...Read more

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How can I prevent having pimples?

How can I prevent having pimples?

No good way: Without medications. I like Accutane because the good effects lasts years. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from getting conjunctivitus?

How can I prevent from getting conjunctivitus?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is very common, usually caused by commonly found viruses or bacteria. The most important safeguards you can take are to avoid contact with anyone who has pink eye and to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly when you are concerned that you have touched something that is contaminated. Also, keep your hands off your eyes in case there are germs on your hands. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting pregnant?

How can I prevent getting pregnant?

Prevention: Easy: 1) abstinence, no sexual intercourse, 2) barrier contraception, condoms or diaphragm, 3) birth control pills, 4) long-acting contraceptives, Depo-Provera provera, (medroxyprogesterone) 5) other contraceptives, iud, 6) permanent sterilizations, tubal ligation, essure, adiana, vasectomy. ...Read more

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How can I prevent herpes?

How can I prevent herpes?

Abstinence,contracep: Use contraception or abstain from sexual intercourse with an individual known to be exposed. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my child from getting measles?

How can I prevent my child from getting measles?

Vaccinate!: Measles is very very preventable - the MMR vaccine (the only available product for measles prevention in the US) is safe and should be used universally. There is absolutely no connection between giving MMR vaccine and conditions such as autism. There are many studies available to document this from very credible sources, especially the CDC. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from getting sick?

How can I prevent from getting sick?

Stay away from: people who are sick. Wash hands often & thoroughly. Try to sleep 8 hours a night if an adult. Exercise regularly. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 of fruit per day. Avoid Coffee, Caffeine, Alcohol & salt or just use them in moderation. Use effective stress control. Enjoy your life. Stay well. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my child from getting impetigo?

How can I prevent my child from getting impetigo?

Keep them clean! :): Daily bathing and hygiene. Clean open abrasions and cuts with water and soap as soon as possible and watch for any worsening of an older abrasion or wound. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from getting sciatica?

How can I prevent myself from getting sciatica?

You may not: You may not be able to prevent from developing sciatica. Just as any other condition, stay healthy and see your primary care doctor about maintaining a healthy back. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from getting constipated?

How can I prevent from getting constipated?

See below: High fiber diet and plenty of fluids ( 80-100 ounces per day) avoiding caffeinated and alcoholic fluids, along with exercise can prevent constipation. ...Read more

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How can I prevent blisters?

How can I prevent blisters?

Blisters: There is some evidence that foot blister incidence can be reduced by closed cell neoprene insoles. Wearing foot socks composed of acrylic results in fewer foot blisters in runners. A thin polyester sock, combined with a thick wool or polypropylene sock that maintains its bulk when exposed to sweat and compression reduces blister incidence in marine recruits. ...Read more

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How can someone prevent getting ringworm?

How can someone prevent getting ringworm?

Ringworm: Ringworm can be spread from skin to skin contact with another person or with an animal like your cat or dog. It can be spread on combs, brushes, towels, clothes, sheets, etc. Wash hands often, don't wear heavy clothing during hot/ humid weather, avoid contact with animals that are infected & don't share personal items. ...Read more

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How can I prevent coldsore outbreaks?

How can I prevent coldsore outbreaks?

Suppression: If recurrent and severe we can use suppressive antiviral treatment at a lower dose than what we use for acute outbreaks. ...Read more

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How can I get shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles , also called herpes or varicella zoster, occurs when the v. Zoster virus is reactivated after being dormant within nerve roots since a previous episode of chickenpox. Shingles occurs mainly in people over age 50 and in people with immunosuppressed states that allow the virus to "wake up". ...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