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Doctor insights on: Cold Contagiousness

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How long is a cold contagious?

How long is a cold contagious?

Viral Illnesses: There may be a variety of answers to this question, but early is always thought to be the time one is most contagious. So, two days before you are at the peak of your illness to two days after the peak of your illness is when it is most likely to be the most contagious to others. ...Read more

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How long is a cough and cold contagious?

How  long is a cough and cold contagious?

Few days: Usually you are contagious a day or two before symptoms start and then up to a week after. ...Read more

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How long is a common cold contagious for? And are we contagious even before symptoms appear?

How long is a common cold contagious for? And are we contagious even before symptoms appear?

Common cold: This condition can be caused by a large variety of viruses, the most common is rhinovirus. People are most contagious for the first 2 to 3 days of a cold. A cold is usually not contagious after the first week. Cold symptoms usually start about 2 or 3 days after you came in contact with the virus, although it could take up to a week. Symptoms mostly affect the nose. ...Read more

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Is my cold contagious if i'm not running a fever?

Is my cold contagious if i'm not running a fever?

Cold: The virus spreads without or with a fever. It spreads by air and contact. Hence its important to wash your hands and take precautions. ...Read more

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What period of time is someone who has a common cold contagious?

What period of time is someone who has a common cold contagious?

Hard to say: You are probably most contagious for the 48 hours before you show any symptoms. You will stay contagious as long as you have symptoms. You should be careful of what contact you have with others, particularly if they are very old or very young or have an immune problem (including those on chemotherapy). ...Read more

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Am i contagious? Slept with window open and warm hoody on. Woke up and mucus from natural causes gave me what is called a cold? Contagious or no?

Am i contagious? Slept with window open and warm hoody on. Woke up and mucus from natural causes gave me what is called a cold? Contagious or no?

"Cold" means virus : Traditionally a "cold" is an upper respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms may include runny nose, sinus congestion, cough, sore throat, fever and body aches. This is contagious. Mucus from the nose may not indicate a "cold" as you implied, but is certainly not normal. You should see a doctor for a more accurate diagnosis. If the mucus is not caused by an infection you are not contagious. ...Read more

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How long is the common cold contagious for? The same applies for the flu and other common infections?

How long is the common cold contagious for? The same applies for the flu and other common infections?

Variable: You are most contagious for a few days before you peak symptoms start for the flu you are also contagious for several days after you become smptomaic. ...Read more

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Can there be anything that can make a cold less contagious?

Can there be anything that can make a cold less contagious?

Yes: Wash hands often. Cover mouth/ nose when sneezing/ coughing. Have less contact with others when you have a cold. To avoid catching colds from others same things apply. Additionally wash your hands before touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Take care. ...Read more