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If son catches cold from school, gets sick, recovers, returns to school where cold virus still lingering, will he catch same cold virus again?

If son catches cold from school, gets sick, recovers, returns to school where cold virus still lingering, will he catch same cold virus again?

No, he should not: Get the exact same cold virus, as he should develop protective antibodies, at least temporarily, to that virus. Unfortunately, there are so many strains of viruses that cause the common cold, that it is virtually impossible to be immune to them all. So, he could certainly get another cold right after the one from which he just recovered. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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My husband catch a cold not virus just sneezing, nothing special, running nose. I'mpregnant and should I worry now we sleep in one room please answer?

My husband catch a cold not virus just sneezing, nothing special, running nose. I'mpregnant and should I worry now we sleep in one room please answer?

Cold vs allergy: If it is just sneezing and runny nose it maybe an allergy problem. Btw a cold is caused by a virus. Many people believe they get alot of colds when actually they may be suffering from allergies. If it is a cold/virus you are already exposed. Always check with your ob/gyn but try treating your husband for allergy. ...Read more

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Can my 6 week baby catch a cold sore virus from someone 2 feet away calling out to her? Worried shell catch this life threatening virus : (

Can my 6 week baby catch a cold sore virus from someone 2 feet away calling out to her? Worried shell catch this life threatening virus : (

Cold sores: No she need close contact with the lesion to catch it. So relax, don't let anyone kiss her on the lips. Enjoy your baby & good luck ...Read more

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Can I have adverse reactions to normal viruses, from having immigrated to a new country? I recently immigrated to the usa, (3years) and have found that I frequently catch viruses, aches colds ect, that seem to knock me off my feet. Could this be different

Can I have adverse reactions to normal viruses, from having immigrated to a new country? I recently immigrated to the usa, (3years) and have found that I frequently catch viruses, aches colds ect, that seem to knock me off my feet. Could this be different

You: You are correct! You have likely never been exposed to the viral strains here that cause common colds. Think of it like a kid starting school or day care for the first time. They get sick all the time as their bodies are building up immunity against the strains the body is being exposed to, which is what is happening with you. Now you need to focus on building up your immunity; this can be done by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, taking a daily multi-vitamin, get plenty of exercise. It is also a good idea to schedule a history and physical with a primary care provider.
Take good care. ...Read more

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If a person have a virus, cold temperature etc. &another was still in the car with him but didn't touched can he still catch the virus?

If a person have a virus, cold temperature etc. &another was still in the car with him but didn't touched can he still catch the virus?

Depends: This would depend on the virus and how it was transmitted, whether the person exposed had ever had that viral strain before, the state of their immunity and so on and so on. ...Read more

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Are colds caused by viruses? .Can anyone give me a cold? . I have always believed you catch a cold when, for example, it is cold and you don't wrap up.

Are colds caused by viruses? .Can anyone give me a cold? . I have always believed you catch a cold when, for example, it is cold and you don't wrap up.

Yes: Colds are cause by viruses. The most common cause is the rhinovirus which accounts for up to 40 percent of all causes. They can spread from person to person, by touching contaminated surface such as door knob, telephone etc as well as by respiratory droplets from infected people (when they sneeze or cold). Always use wash your hands sanitizers to prevent the spread ...Read more

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I have had 4 colds now since Jan 1. Is something wrong with me? It seems so unusual to catch this many viruses in such a short time span.

Probably ok: Hi Jim,
Sorry to hear you have been suffering from so many illnesses. If you have been otherwise healthy for your entire life, it's unlikely that you've suddenly developed an immune system deficiency. There are hundreds of different viruses that cause colds and colds can be extremely contagious, especially in the winter months. You can strengthen your immune system with simple lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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I get colds way too easy. What's the best way to prevent catching viruses when training hard?

I get colds way too easy. What's the best way to prevent catching viruses when training hard?

Train alone.: You don't catch colds from training; you catch colds from training with people, specifically people who are sick and coughing and spreading their viruses and germs throughout the gym. If you don't want to get sick when training, train alone. ...Read more

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What percent of people exposed to a cold virus actually catch a cold? If you touch an infected surface, what is the probability of exposure?

What percent of people exposed to a cold virus actually catch a cold? If you touch an infected surface, what is the probability of exposure?

Depends...: It all depends in many factors: What type of virus/bacteria the other person has, how strong is your immune system, how much of the other person's respiratory droplets you are exposed to if that is the mode of transmission of that specific germ, among others. No way to predict with certainty. Make sure you wash your hands well and do not get close to someone that is sick if possible. ...Read more

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Should I buy a new pair of contact lenses if I catch cold or any kind of virus? Do lenses get infected?

Should I buy a new pair of contact lenses if I catch cold or any kind of virus? Do lenses get infected?

Virus: Some virus particles can stay alive for weeks attached to a surface. Theoretically, a virus that causes eye problems, such as certain forms of adenovirus, could stay alive on a contact lens-- so it is probably wise to switch to fresh contacts or wear glasses if you have any viral infection that affects your ear, nose, or eyes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch viral gastroenteritis whilst currently infected with cold virus? If so is that a dangerous combination?

Is it possible to catch viral gastroenteritis whilst currently infected with cold virus? If so is that a dangerous combination?

Multiple Virus: Yes, you certainly can be infected with multiple viral infections at once. Whether or not it is dangerous depends on the specific viral infections. Generally, a cold and gastrointestinal virus at the same time are not dangerous. They are however, very uncomfortable for the person who has them at the same time. The biggest threat is dehydration. Seek care if that is occurring. ...Read more

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My Cousin has a cold sore soon after he touched it he touched my arm. He touched my arm for 3-4 seconds. Could I catch the virus like that I had no cuts?

My Cousin has a cold sore soon after he touched it he touched my arm. He touched my arm for 3-4 seconds. Could I catch the virus like that I had no cuts?

Unlikely: Herpes is highly transmittable, but that brief a contact is unlikely to cause infection unless there was an open sore and a break in your skin surface. You should be fine, just be on the lookout for an out reak in the local area for up to a month ...Read more

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How long does a cold virus last?

How long does a cold virus last?

5-7 days: Colds usually colds last 5-7 days. If you know it is a cold and not the flu, staying at home drinking fluids, resting and using saline nasal spray or tylenol (acetaminophen) (if you are not allergic) for help with fever or aches. If you have the flu or had the flu vaccine, you should check with your doctor because some additional meds may be helpful.

Feel better. ...Read more

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Can a cold virus last over a month?

Can a cold virus last over a month?

Yes: Very often when a cold seems to last a month it is because you have gotten consecutive viral infections - one after another. This is very common in the winter months. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the cold virus and not know it?

Sure: Many different viruses can cause upper respiratory infections. A person might not have any noticeable symptoms. ...Read more

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