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Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Without symptoms: Viral bronchitis is usually contagious 1-4 days after intiation of illness. However coughing and sneezing spreads contagious droplets with virus from person to person. Most safe if not coughing or sneezing. ...Read more

Dr. Norma jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more


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Is post viral cough contagious?

Is post viral cough contagious?

Probably not...: A post-viral cough is usually due to bronchospasm and residual airway inflammation. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are prescribed to treat this so see your doctor for treatment. Since the viral infection is resolved, this is not contagious. ...Read more

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Can a viral upper respiratory cold cause throat tightness?

Can a viral upper respiratory cold cause throat tightness?

Throat tightness: What do you mean by "throat tightness"? Are you saying you have difficulty breathing? Difficulty swallowing? Something else? If you feel like your throat is swelling , you may need emergency help. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Usually viral: Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, typically the same viruses that cause colds and influenza. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace also can contribute to the condition. Antibiotics as a whole are overprescribed in bronchitis, though sometimes it is warranted. ...Read more

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Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, body fatigue and aches but no fever. Allergies or Viral Infection?

Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, body fatigue and aches but no fever. Allergies or Viral Infection?

Allergy symptoms: It depends on the duration of symptoms, if you symptoms have just started, it can be either allergies or a viral infection. If these symptoms have been persistent for several weeks, then it is more likely allergies. Do you recall if something triggered your symptoms? Were you around someone will a viral illness prior to your symptoms starting. ...Read more

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What is the most common respiratory viral illness?

What is the most common respiratory viral illness?

Rhinovirus Cold: Upper respiratory viral infections or colds are as you should know the most common respiratory viral illnesses causing hundreds of millions of infections per year. They are caused by a variety of viruses the rhinovirus being the most common. ...Read more

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Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Bacterial: Due to a streptococcus, usually strep group a. Most sore thrats are due to viruses, which should not be treated with antibiotics. A rapid strep test and/or culture can help diagnose strep throat, to determine whether antibiotics are indicated. ...Read more

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Is viral infection contagious?

Is viral infection contagious?

Depends on the virus: But most spread from person to person by one route or another. ...Read more

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Post Nasal Drip and Bad Breath? Allergic Rhinitis , Colds, Cough viral and bacterial infections, Toothache, Mouth breathing

Post Nasal Drip and Bad Breath?  Allergic Rhinitis , Colds, Cough viral and bacterial infections, Toothache, Mouth breathing

See your physician: There are many and various illnesses which could match your description. I can appreciate your concerned, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for physical and referral to other specialties (e.g. dentist , ENT) if needed. Take good care. ...Read more

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Allergies, cold, bacterial infection? I sometimes do get seasonal allergies. congestion, sore throat, dry cough. Some yellow mucus.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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Allergies, cold, bacterial infection? I sometimes do get seasonal allergies. congestion, sore throat, dry cough. Some yellow mucus.

Question?: What would you like to know? If you have a lot of nasal congestion and sinus infections, you should consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of the eye is damaged. ...Read more

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Diarrhea, sore throat, congestion, cough, high fever which is now a low grade fever with sweating, headache. Flu or upper respitory tract infection?

Diarrhea, sore throat, congestion, cough, high fever which is now a low grade fever with sweating, headache. Flu or upper respitory tract infection?

The flu?: The symptoms you report sound consistent with a viral illness such as influenza. You can consider ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever or pain and expect symptoms to resolve in a week or two. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read more

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Is viral pericarditis contagious?

Is viral pericarditis contagious?

No : Viral infection can spread from one person to other but not viral pericarditis. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Also called an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), this is a condition where the nose or throat is infected by a virus, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, ...Read more