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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: An upper respiratory tract infection is always contagious. The word that you use, infection, means that it is usually viral and much less frequently ... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Kossler
14 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes and no : Upper respiratory infections are typically contagious as they are usually caused by viruses. Sinus infections are not typically contagious but can be ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: That depends on the infection and what virus/bacteria is causing it. Generally, use proper hygiene and never forget that proper hand washing is the nu ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Yes: Because respiratory infections can be caused by viruses or bacteria they can be contagious. Good handwashing techniques and sneezing "into your sleev ... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Almost all are: The vast majority of colds/upper respiratory infections are viral, highly contagious, and self limited. The average person gets 1-3 colds per year. Pr ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
URI contagious: If you have a viral upper respiratory infection, two - three days. If you have a bacterial respiratory infection, which may follow the viral uri, gene ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Khan
29 years experience Pediatrics
Not really: symptoms may wax and wane during the course of pregnancy. If continue to have problem please see your obstetric physician
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
It depends: On how long you have had it and how serious it is. If minor symptoms, consider reading the link below for some advice. http://summaries.cochrane.org/ ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jacques Kpodonu
26 years experience Cardiology
Fever,sputum : If you have a fever and coughing up greenish sputum it is time to go see a doctor.
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