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If low-risk HPV is so common & acts similar to flu or chickenpox; symptoms treatable, system weakens virus, why is it so stigmatized as threatening?

If low-risk HPV is so common & acts similar to flu or chickenpox;  symptoms treatable, system weakens virus, why is it so stigmatized as threatening?

Because of sex: Two main reasons. First, HPV is sexually transmitted, and throughout history most societies have had negative views about sex and see STDs as embarrassing and frightening. Second, warts, the main problem from low risk HPV, have a "yuck" factor. Even common hand warts often are considered unclean (e.g folklore about catching them from toads), and many people consider genital warts especially gross. ...Read more

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Chickenpox (Definition)

Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more


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Is it ok if I will not use acyclovir cream if I am already using oral acyclovir to treat chickenpox?

Is it ok if I will not use acyclovir cream if I am already using oral acyclovir to treat chickenpox?

Yes: Acyclovir cream is not very effective to begin with, and if you're already taking oral acyclovir, it's completely unnecessary. ...Read more

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Can salmonella food poisoning have any serious long term effects after treated/cured? Can it lead to different problems? Ex: chickenpox into shingles?

Can salmonella food poisoning have any serious long term effects after treated/cured? Can it lead to different problems? Ex: chickenpox into shingles?

No long term effects: Once in a while, people become carriers of Salmonella for a few weeks or months after they get over the initial infection. However, this is rare and harmless. It creates risk for other persons potentially exposed to your feces, but that's prevented by everyday, standard hygiene, like hand washing after toilet. So don't worry about this at all. ...Read more

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How can I most quickly cure chickenpox?

How can I most quickly cure chickenpox?

Heals on it's own: Chickenpox will erupt over a 4-6 day period and form blisters that eventually dry & crust. Your best method of aiding recovery is keeping the skin clean, monitoring for signs of bacterial infection & supporting the kids physical needs. Good hydration & rest will help the body do its own repair work. I don't believe that any particular lotion helps, though aveno baths cut the itching.. ...Read more

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Can I get chickenpox twice?

Can I get chickenpox twice?

Yes: I have read of a small fraction of the population that has trouble developing immunity to this virus that may have repeated attacks. Infants who have it in their first year may only develop partial immunity&have it again. In many cases what was thought was chicken pox in the past may have been another of the blistering ailments like hand/foot/mouth virus. ...Read more

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How is chickenpox transmitted?

Droplet/contact: Chickenpox can be spread by airborn droplets inhaled into the lung or contact with contaminated material ( secretions or debris from blisters). ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chickenpox?

What sort of disease is chickenpox?

It's a viral illness: It used to be extremely common, but isn't anymore now that we vaccinate against it. Prior to the vaccine, 100-200 children per year died in the USA as a result of complications of chicken pox. That number is now much lower. Once you have chicken pox, you have it forever. The virus lies dormant near your spinal cord, and sometimes reactivates. When it reemerges, it's called shingles. ...Read more

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In my online medical history (mypennmedicine.Org), it says "resolved chickenpox" under medical history. I've never had chickenpox. Is this an error?

Not likely: You may have been tested at some time for antibodies for the varicella-zoster virus. If positive you have had varicella (chicken pox) at some time in the past. ...Read more

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