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of course there's the whole bird flu situation going on, but i was wondering, how do you actually get it? i mean, right now you can basically only get it from birds, unless it morphs, but what would you have to do to actually get it from a bird??

thanks!! (link)
What would you have to do to actually get it from a bird?

Kiss the bird.

Sorry; I couldn't resist. :D

Seriously, here's the information you're looking for:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmission_and_infection_of_H5N1

Basically you can get it from the bodily secretions of an infected bird. The big concern, however, is if the virus mutates into a form that can be transmitted directly from human to human, particularly if it's a respiratory form - that is, if a sneeze or cough can effectively transmit the virus without direct contact.

In 1918 a flu pandemic infected one out of five people worldwide, and killed 1 out of ever 20 to 40 people in the world - that's a two-and-a-half to five percent mortality rate. The total number of people killed is estimated to be between 50-100 MILLION.

If you'd like to learn more about the 1918 pandemic, you can start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu

There's no need to fear birds particularly, unless you live in an area that has already had cases of avian flu. I wouldn't cuddle any wild birds, but that's not the big danger. The real danger - a mutated form of the virus - is, unfortunately, something that you have no control over.

Good personal health and hygiene ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza_pandemic#Personal_health_and_hygiene ) can help you avoid or minimize the effects of the flu.

Frequent, correct hand-washing or use of hand sanitizer is probably your single most important defense: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/op/handwashing.htm

Try not to worry too much; it doesn't help.


i have freckles and i hate them. is the anyway to like decrease the color of them to make them less visible besides trying the cover them with makeup? (link)
Avoid the sun.

Sorry, but there's really no other option apart from that or make-up. I'm a redhead myself (or used to be, back when I had hair), and freckles are part of the fair-skinned package for most people. It's genetic.

While it's a good idea to stay out of the sun anyway, or at least use a lot of sunblock (freckles are produced by the same conditions that cause tanning), may I also suggest that you try to appreciate your freckles? They can be awfully cute. My little boy has quite a few freckles, so I know. :D

Seriously, you'll lead a happier life if you can appreciate yourself for what you are, rather than trying to match some impossible social standard of beauty. And honestly, people who accept and are happy with their looks - no matter WHAT their looks are - are seen as more attractive by others.

Really.


This may seem like an odd question but i need advice. How shall i put this. well, to me a normal guy would have a straight penis. Well mine when hard seems to take on the banana affect. it veers to the left. not real bad but a definite curve. Will this hinder my sexual performance. I mean im shy to have sex knowing my penis is curved. is this normal. (link)
It's normal.


i have these white ring/circles on the bottom of my feet. theyre small and theyre juss white, not gross & they dont hurt. it seems like they are open sort've, not bloody er anything, its juss white skin inside of it?? i cant really explain it. its kind've hard if you touch it. you could feel that its there. there's a base to it. does anyone know what that is?? im curious, because ive had em for awhile.

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I'm not a doctor, but what you've described sounds like plantar warts (aka verruca). You can read more about there here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_warts

The smart thing to do would be to see your doctor for professional diagnosis and treatment.

Good luck!


Being in my twenties, its very fustrating not being able to where shorts in the summer or when ever due to the unpleasant sight of buldging veins, spider veins in my legs. What can i do or take to have these veins disappear. I dont want to have them surgically removed. Any advice?????? (link)
Building up and using your calf muscles will reduce the appearance of "spider veins" in your legs, although it won't make them go away. The muscles in your calves play a major role in the blood circulation of your lower body; those muscles are sometimes called the "heart of the lower body". The more you use those muscles, the fewer new spider veins will appear in the future.

Surgery is no longer the only way to deal with spider veins. Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy are both preferred methods of treatment, although of course they're not cheap.

Please beware of topical treatments - creams and pills, in other words. They don't help. They're a scam, a waste of your money.

Good luck!


Ok, so this is really gross but I've had diarreah (sp?) for a week and about 2 days now. And also, on Friday I've had really bad nausea (sp?) and I don't know. Bad nausea and diarreah.. what is this? I'm really worried about it though. Please answer. (link)
We're not doctors, so no one here can give you a good answer. It could be many things; a stomach bug, IBS...I'm sure there are lots of possibilities.

In any case, nine days of diarrhea is definitely something that you should talk to your doctor about. Don't wait!

Oh, and make sure to drink plenty of water. You're running a real risk of dehydration.

Good luck!


if your pee is really yellow does that mean you dont have enough to drink, or is it the other way around? (link)
It's usually a sign that you're deydrated. Try to drink more water.


Okay so i've got a BIGGG habit of biting my nails! what can i do to stop? and don't tell me to put my hand in dog poo or anything like that because thats gross lol!

thankyou sweeties xo (link)
There are products specifically designed to stop nail-biting that are sold in drugstores and online. You paint or rub them on your nails, and they apparently taste incredibly horrible.

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Personally, I stopped biting my nails when I realized that I'd worn a grove in one of my front teeth from biting them. I don't know if that would work for you, though.


heya i have this like rash thing on my cheek my mum says its prob clap cheek. what do you think?
its really hot to touch and feels hot!
its a pinky colour not like in your face that u have to notice it!
its a bit itchy sometimes but i cant scratch it if i can help it!
it started both sides nearer my ear and over the last 24 hours its come all over my cheek!
thank you for any suggestions! x (link)
We're not doctors, and even if any of us were, we can't see you to make a diagnosis. So no one here can tell you what the problem is.

What I CAN do is give you a link to more information about Slapped Cheek Syndrome (aka "Fifth Disease"), and urge you to call your doctor. The rash you're describing sounds like something that needs medical attention. And it's always better not to take a chance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slapped_cheek_syndrome

Good luck!


how much body fat can you loose in a weeks time?
it is possible to loose 1%?

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It depends on how much fat you have to start with. If you only have a little, you might not have much trouble losing 1% (although a week is pushing it for ANY physical change). But the amount would be so small that you couldn't possibly notice it.

If you have a higher amount (and percentage) of body fat, it would certainly take longer and be harder.

Plus there are other factors involved: your personal metabolism, your gender (boys generally lose weight more easily than girls), and what you're doing to lose weight.

The short answer, though, is that basically it isn't possible to lose 1% of your body fat that quickly. One week isn't enough time to make any real change in your body.

It is possible to lose water weight in that time, of course, but that isn't permanent or meaningful. And if you overdo it, it can be harmful.


are your wisdom teeth suposed to hurt when they come in? If they do does it eventually stop once they completely come in? See mine are coming in. i Have 2 already and the other two on my right side is just killing me. i see them coming through and there in the same spot as the other ones on the other side. but they just hurt. i dunno why. And to top it off im so affraid of the dentist i just dont tell anyone they hurt. I CANT go there. biggest fear of mine.

any ideas? 5's for good advice (link)
Some people have trouble with their wisdom teeth, and some don't. I still have all of mine.

But as for being afraid of the dentist, I've been there; I have dental phobia too.

I saw a professional to help me deal with that, and he was able to help me make a bit of progress. Later, I learned some other things that also help a lot:

1. Take the appropriate maximum dose of tylenol (as listed on the bottle) 90 minutes before your appointment. That will help dull any pain you might feel.

2. Avoid caffeine (in any form) and sugar on the day of your appointment. But DO eat and drink; drink plenty of water, in particular. Recent studies have shown that this will also decrease your feelings of pain and panic. Unsweetened fruit juice before your appointment will help maintain your blood sugar and keep you calmer. This sounds a little new-agey to me, but it can't hurt, right? And the water thing is supported by research.

3. Go to a dentist who offers nitrous oxide, which is also known as "laughing gas". This should be number one. Nitrous is WONDERFUL when you're scared. It takes almost all of the fear away, and really relaxes you. You'll still be able to think, but magically, your body won't be able to enter panic mode. Everything will seem far away and not scary. I can't praise nitrous enough.

4. Practice relaxation and breathing techniques in the weeks leading up to your appointment. Those are easy to learn, and quite effective. Here's how to start:

A good place to start trying this is in bed, before you go to sleep; it will also help you to GET to sleep, since if you're like me, it can be really hard to sleep when you know you'll be visiting the dentist soon.

Get yourself comfortable.

Take a long, slow breath into your stomach. That's key; you don't want to be using your chest muscles at all. Only your belly should be moving, not your shoulders or chest. Take the breath, and then relax and let it come out of you. Then do two more of those breaths.

You'll be AMAZED at how effective those three relaxing breaths are - you'll feel much calmer right away.

Continue to breathe from your belly, not forcing it; with each breath, remember that you're letting the tension leave your body.

Picture yourself in a perfectly safe, relaxing, quiet place. Visualize it. Think about how it feels, smells, what the temperature is. That place can even be your bed, if you like.

Tense up your toes and feet, hard. Take a breath and as you let it go, relax the tensed muscles and let the tension flow out of you.

Next, do the same things for the calves of your legs. Move up through your body, tensing and relaxing each area in turn. Don't forget your chest, arms, hands, shoulders, neck, face, and scalp!

Once you're done you should be feeling very relaxed and limp. If not, start over. You may also fall asleep during this process, of course; that's fine. In any case, if you practice this every night for a while before your appointment, it should help. You can also try to do it during the day, in other situations. And of course, you'll want to do it in the dentist's office. Fortunately a dental chair is really comfortable.

Don't forget to tell your dentist and the nurse that you're a very nervous patient. They'll understand.

5. Another option, if things get really bad, is to call the dentist's office in advance (several days in advance, at least), tell them you're a nervous patient, and see if they can prescribe a tranquilizer for you, such as Valium. Most dentists can and will do this for you. Or you can contact your primary doctor for the prescription.

I've never had to do that myself, but it IS an option.

Some dentists will also let you come into the office on an earlier day, just so you can look around, perhaps sit in a chair (but NOT have anyone do anything to you) and have a chance to get a little more comfortable with the place. That can help a lot.

In any case, it's important to be able to see the dentist every six months. If you don't, as you know, you'll just be putting things off until they get SO bad that you can't stand it - and in the end, that would be a hundred times scarier than it would be if you have routine preventative work done regularly.

If you want to write and let me know how it goes for you, I'd be interested to hear about it.

Good luck!


whats it mean when you're ears itch on the inside and kinda hurt? i have a sore throat too and it feels like they are connected because when i swallow i can sorta feel it in my ears. (link)
Sounds like the beginning of a cold, or an ear infection, or a sinus infection, or the flu...could be any of those things. If it's bothering you a lot, you should see your doctor.


Well yesterday I took a 2 hour nap and then a couple hours layter I wanted to go to bed I couldnt sleep, I finally got to sleep at like 2 am then today I had cramps really bad I mean like wear I wanted to leave school bad they were horrible. && I dont know if it is like a part of my period or what because I mean I feel really shitty and everything and I dunno I am going to go to the nurse next period. This is really odd. Please help. All 5`s

[[♥]] TiFF (link)
SweetxxIntoxication gave you good advice. I might add that when you feel generally horrible and everything hurts more than normal, it can be a sign that you're catching the flu. So seeing the nurse is definitely a good idea.

If you still feel terrible tomorrow, you should probably see your doctor. Good luck!


I was thinking of taking estrogen pills to help make my figure more womanly. Im 22 and I still dont have breasts and curves like I should. Do you think it's a good idea? (link)
No. Some studies indicate that health risks (particularly cancer) are associated with estrogen supplements. And in any case, it would be a BIG mistake to self-medicate.

If you think you might have a genuine hormone deficiency, of course, you should talk to your doctor; she or he may be able to help.

If, on the other hand, you're just thinner than average, it would be a good idea to try to be happy with your body. Many men and women find thinness to be extremely attractive, and that includes a relative lack of curves.

In any case, estrogen would not be likely to help you much, if at all (and, to repeat myself, it could be dangerous - you should NEVER take medication that hasn't been prescribed for you). When it comes to breast enhancement, the only things that work are birth-control pills (for most, but not all women; and the effect is often not major), pregnancy, and surgery.

Really, it would be smart to talk to your doctor or OB/GYN about this.

Good luck!


okay i am a girl, and i am sorry of this grosses you out..
but is it weird to have one "lip" of your vagina longer and stretchier than the other. i don;t know if something is wrong with me or if i am the only one.
thnx!
p.s. sorry if this is gross. (link)
It's totally normal. No one is perfectly even on both sides.

And it's not gross. Don't worry about it.


My friend is a little obsessed with growing her breasts. Maybe I'm a tiny obsessed too. Someone told her about that "Brava system" where the plastic container SUCKS your boobs so they stretch and grow. She was convinced right away and thinks using a vacuum cleaner tube will do the same. I don't know about this though. I was wonder what you guys at Advicenators thought about this. Would it work? Could it hurt her? I rate. (link)
I worked in the business for a while. The company I worked for would sell anything to enlarge any part of the body, practically. So I do know what I'm talking about.

None of that stuff works. At best, it does nothing; at worst, you can cause permanent damage to yourself. But it's safe to say that ALL breast and penis enlargement products are scams, with the obvious exception of enlargement surgery.

They will, however, effectively reduce the size...of your wallet.


i just got over a fever.. and i have about 15 ulsers around my tongue? i know that you put baking soda on it.. but does anyone have any other ideas on how to make them stop hurting // go away!

&hearts (link)
Rinse with a 50/50 mixture of oral hydrogen peroxide and mouthwash before you go to bed.

Hydrogen peroxide can be found in any drugstore or supermarket. It's really cheap. Make sure that the label says that it's okay for oral use before you buy it.

You should see a big improvement by morning.

If the pain becomes too severe, there are a number of over-the-counter treatments that you can get at a drugstore, too - stuff like Oragel or Kanka. Your dentist or doctor can also prescribe stronger medication, if you need it. The drawback of those medications is that they make your mouth and tongue numb, and a lot of people hate that feeling.

You might also try to use your favorite painkiller to help reduce the pain. But in any case, the peroxide+mouthwash combination will help you to heal quickly.

Good luck!


I think I have polycyrstic ovary syndrom. I have a lot of hair around my nipples. Like a lot of hair! I know polycyrstic ovary syndrom is treatable, but how can you treat it? Do you have to go to the doctor, or are there over the cunter drugs for it? Help please! (link)
I don't know anything about this illness, but Google has an amazing amount of information. If you had trouble finding any, it may be because you were mis-spelling the name:

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It isn't curable, but it is treatable. A quick review of the medications that are used to treat it seems to indicate that they're all prescription drugs; they involve hormones, for the most part. Common birth control pills are sometimes prescribed.

But you really need to speak to your doctor or OB/GYN about this issue. It would be a big mistake to try to self-medicate - that's an easy way to really mess yourself up. For one thing, you might not even HAVE polycystic ovary syndrome!

Please see your doctor.


I am a girl and was wondering if any other girls have the same thing that I have. Well this is going to sound really gross, but here goes. I have hair growing inside of my butt cheeks, right near my anus. It's not just fine hair either, it's dark and course, like the same type of hair that I have growing on my vagina. I goes all the way up my butt cheeks. It's so embarrassing! I also have dark hairs growing on my breasts, right around my nipples. My question is: is this normal? And if it's not, what can I do to get rid of it? It's too hard to shave down there. I would appreciate any advice!! (link)
It's not uncommon. I suspect that beauty salons and hair-removal places have some way of dealing with it, but I'll leave that to someone else to answer since I don't really know.

But please ignore xoBrowneyes' answer. That sort of thing is simply an abuse of this site.


Ohk i have a serious question.
And sorry its going to be kinda of long but i would really appreciate if you guys took the time to read this.

i Just watched True life the one about obessive Compulsive disorder. Well alot of the Things those People were doing kinda reminded myself of me. Like not what they would do like count and retouch things because it didnt feel right but heres some things i do.

Thourgh Out the day i make sure all the doors are locked all of them- i dont know why it just bothers me

-Before i go to bed i make sure the doors are locked and the closet on the first floor. When i go in my bedroom i check my closet and make sure my window is locked. Like two days ago i had to make sure my door was locked because i heard something out in the kitchen.

Im afraid of someone coming into my house and taking me. I watch alot of law and order and Csi.
But i dont think that would have any thing to do with it.

-im terrified of needles. When i go to get blood drawn or shots. I start to cry.
-When i see needles on the tv i have to cover my eyes or look the other way. My mom is diabetic and she has to use insulin with the needles i looking at her while she does it.

When i was little i had this dream of me and my friend getting kidnapped by a doctor and he shoved needles in us and i died.

-i Cant throw-up if i do by getting sick or something i won't eat nothing for like the next three days.
-At school with my lockers ill lock them and then check 5-6 times to make sure theres no way anyone can open the locker - I have had my purse stolen from me and my locker broke into before like 3 years ago.
-At work I have to sign off the register everytime i walk away form it. I constantly walk to make sure im off.

I dont really know if this could be ocd. or its just being a strange person. Im 17/f

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What you describe could be OCD, or it could just be normal nervousness, or psychosomatic illness. There's no way for us to know.

And really the only way that you CAN know is to get a referral from your primary care doctor to a behavioral specialist for an evaluation. Or you may be able to call your health insurance company (if you have one) directly for a referral.

But don't let them send you to a social worker; insurance companies prefer social workers for behavioral issues because they're much cheaper, but they're not licensed to dispense medication and their qualifications not the same. Psychiatrists are medical doctors with a specialty in behavioral health. You should be able to request one. But you'd be best off talking to your regular doctor about the issue first.

Don't be embarrassed - lots of people have gone through this. And just in case you were wondering, no one will know that you've had an evaluation - not your friends, not your school, not your workplace.

Well, unless you TELL them, of course. And that's up to you.

Good luck!




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