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What happens if someone who has lupus gets hiv?

What happens if someone who has lupus gets hiv?

It depends: Some people with severe lupus require strong immunosuppressive drugs and this can cause the HIV to become worse. Other lupus patients with mild disease who only need mild medicines, like plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) do not have any impact on their hiv. It is strongly recommended if you have lupus and are concerned about HIV that you get tested and, if positive, see a rheumatologist and infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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What is stenosis and what will happen to the person who has it?

What is stenosis and what will happen to the person who has it?

Abnormal narrowing: Stenosis is abnormal narrowing. But, "stenosis" tells us nothing about what is narrowing. After all, spinal stenosis is very different from coronary artery stenosis which is different from carotid stenosis which in turn is different from penile artery stenosis. However, last 3 arterial stenoses tend to lead to vascular events eg heart attack, stroke & erectile dysfunction while former causes pain. ...Read more

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Please tell me what will happen if someone with leukemia gets the chickenpox?

Please tell me what will happen if someone with leukemia gets the chickenpox?

Depends on variables: The cdc can provide hyperimmune globulin vzig in specific cases if they get it during the disease, and antivirals can help. Untreated, chickenpox can be fatal to a leukemia patient. ...Read more

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How does the world appear to a person who has strabismus?

How does the world appear to a person who has strabismus?

Depends: If the strabismus is in childhood, then usually the vision in one eye is supressed and everything looks normal to this child. Measurement will show the reduced vision in one eye which prevents doubling. If the strabismus is acquired in an adult, then the world is doubled and treatment is mandatory for proper functioning. Discuss this will your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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If someone has de compensating cirrhosis, what is the average lifespan if the person does not get a liver transplant?

If someone has de compensating cirrhosis, what is the average lifespan if the person does not get a liver transplant?

Depends: If ascites and edema, elevated bilirubin and especially upper gastrointestinal bleeding occur, the average lifespan is less than a year. However, alcoholic cirrhosis can be treated with steroids in some cases, and this may prolong life. There are other things to reduce bleeding, and decrease edema etc., treat other symptoms (itching) that may improve lifespan and quality of life some. Stop alcohol. ...Read more

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How does Progeria affect the individual who has it?

How does Progeria affect the individual who has it?

Ageing quickly: The progeria syndrome is marked by early onset of ageing & noted in the written literature as far back as 1886. The life expectancy quoted in a study of 13 patients ranged from 7-27y with average of 14.2 y.Coronary artery disease and other features of ageing are the main morbidity.For a recent review of information go to: www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2940940/?Tool=pmcentrez. ...Read more

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What happens if a type 1 diabetic has HIV then how long will that person be alive?

What happens if a type 1 diabetic has HIV then how long will that person be alive?

Natural Life: There is no reason to believe that anyone in America today on good HIV treatment will have anything but their normal length of natural life. The latest longevity study puts the length of life on treatment at 54 years. If you do not have a good HIV expert here is a way to find one where you live: http://www.aahivm.org. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you with a weak immune system get shingles from someone who has chickenpox?

No: But you could get chickenpox if you never had it. Once you have it then you are at risk of shingles in the future. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of a weak retina other than myopia? If family history is a criteria, how about the first person who got it? Epigenetics?

What is the prognosis of a weak retina other than myopia? If family history is a criteria, how about the first person who got it? Epigenetics?

Depends on cause : The problem with answering this question, is knowing what the cause of the week retina is. Many causes may never affect your vision at all. Some of them, can effect your vision tremendously. Some causes may never affect your vision in anyway. If you know the name of the diagnosis, this question will be much easier to answer. ...Read more

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How can hospice determine who is eligible or who stays in the program?

How can hospice determine who is eligible or who stays in the program?

YES: The Hospice Medical Director must certify the patient as eligible for the Hospice benefit. Dr. Kirsh ...Read more

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What occurs if someone who doesn't need dialysis goes through the procedure?

What occurs if someone who doesn't need dialysis goes through the procedure?

Filter: Dialysis does the work of kidneys, acts like kidney filter. Removes the extra fluid and wastes, toxins that accumulate in the body. If one goes through the procedure when the kidney function is normal, it will cause electrolyte derangements, which may be life threatening. ...Read more

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What type a person who dies from overheating?

What type a person who dies from overheating?

ALWAYS HOT: Overheating can cause heatstroke. So stay in a cool place like air conditioned room, take a bath often, drink plenty of cold drinks and relax.Persons who suffers from hpn , CAD are prone to heart attack and stroke due to overheating. ...Read more

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When a person has white coat hypertension , how then does the dr. Decide what is real?

When a person has white coat hypertension , how then does the dr. Decide what is real?

Home blood pressure: Home readings are much more realistic than readings in the office. There are a number of good home cuffs - omron makes a good automatic cuff for around $50. Check pressures am, afternoon and pm for a few weeks. Share this with your physicians. They will be very happy to have that data, and can decide on further treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs in stage 2 and stage 3 of lymphoma to a person who refuses treatment?

Can you tell me what occurs in stage 2 and stage 3 of lymphoma to a person who refuses treatment?

Depends on type: Essentially three types of lymphomas. High grade, intermediate grade and low grade. If high grade needs treatment emergently and if not treated, will progress rapidly and the patient will develop severe problems. Intermediate grade needs treatment on an urgent basis. Low grade may never need treatment. High grade and intermediate grade curable. Low grade not curable. Hope this helps. ...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