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How can I tell if i am contagious

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 21 years experience
HFM: People with HFM are most contagious within the first week of illness. However, they can continue to be contagious for days to even weeks after sympto... Read More

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Dr. Michael Moffa
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
Rare: Some contagious bacteria or viruses can lead o colitis type symptoms but most true colitides are autoimmune based
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Contagious????: You can't "catch" drug abuse or addiction. However, there is an old saying that "if you lie down with dogs, you rise up with fleas." if you are arou... Read More
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Dr. David Doering
Gynecologic Oncology 41 years experience
Yes: Oral HPV can certainly be spread by physical contact
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Stool testing: Looking for proglottids (segments) of the tapeworm or the eggs.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Yes: There are several human herpes viruses. All cause initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. When dormant, some are not contagious, like... Read More
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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Less contagious: Once a fever has 'broken' that's a really good sign you're on your way to recovery. However, depending on exactly what type of infection you have - it... Read More
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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Controlling the flu: The 'flu' is very tricky- I don't trust that virus. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is reported to reduce 'shedding' of viruses and improve symptoms. However, t... Read More
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Dr. Eric Goldstein
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Bed Bugs: The bite left by a bed bug is not contagious. However, should the bite become secondarily infected, skin to skin contact with another person could pot... Read More
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Typically fecal-oral: Simplistic, but a good rule of thumb: Most enteric infections (whether bacterial, viral, parasitic) are acquired by ingesting the infecting agent. Air... Read More

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