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A 28-year-old member asked:

can upper respiratory infection be contagious?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Because respiratory infections can be caused by viruses or bacteria they can be contagious. Good handwashing techniques and sneezing "into your sleeve" are ways to help spread infectious particles to other patients.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: They nearly always are contagious.

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A 69-year-old female asked:

Is this upper respiratory infection going around now in princeton wv is it contagious?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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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. Princeton, wv, or anywhere else, hand washing and common sense should prevail in defense against colds. It stinks to have one, but buying some kleenex, hand sanitizer and waiting it out are usually the best approach.
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I was wondering is an upper respiratory infection contagious?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
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 bacterial. Therefore, if you cough or sneeze you are shedding infectious material to the next person or into the environment.
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A 40-year-old female asked:

Dr said i have upper respiratory infection, how long is that contagious for?

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Dr. John Munshower
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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 number one means for preventing the spread of infection.

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