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What happens if the body can rid of alot of certain germs and other stuff like the common cold, why can't it get rid of other stuff?
Germs: Great question. The smartest scientists of the world are trying to figure it out ...Read more
Can you tell me if the body can rid of a lot of certain germs and other stuff like the common cold, why can't it get rid of other stuff?
Immune system: The body possesses an immune system that consists of cells that can eradicate most viruses as the common cold and even certain bacteria. However, your question is so non-specific when you say "other stuff"that we cannot address that. Let us know what you mean by other stuff. ...Read more
My friend with a cold touched my bookbag. Are the germs on my bag still contagious after 33 hours?
Can germs live on a t shirt? If you air it out and it's cold and not warm or moist (suitable for germs) will it still have germs on it?
Germs: Yes. Germs are ubiquitous (everywhere).Get a more detailed answer ›
Me and my 2 month old have a cold. Is it okay for me to be around him? Can I make him worse if hold him and touch him & give him more of my germs?
Use your judgement: If you are both ill already, the cat's out of the bag so to speak. You don't need to isolate yourself from your baby, just take care of both of you and get better. Science confirms that continued breastfeeding during illness can transfer some good immunity to your baby. I hope you feel better soon!! You won't make your baby sicker by being around him... ...Read more
Sick with flu for week, better for 1 day, was near person with cold, felt flu again! Why cant I fight off germs, why am I sick every time near germs?
?: You may very well have chronic inflammation of your upper airways, nasal cavity and sinuses, whether it is due to allergies or not, yet to be known, you need to see an allergist/Immunologist to evaluate your condition, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more
Recurrent virus: Cold sores are a sore from a virus (herpes simplex). The first episode can happen anytime but differs, usually appearing as small blisters in a close grouping near the lip. After healing, the virus hibernates in nearby nerves. The virus can returns to activity but the sores appear as a patch along the lip. In both episodes, the virus is being shed from the active wound ; be contagious. ...Read more
Prevention: Prevention- stay away from people who are ill. Wash your hands frequently & thoroughly. Don’t touch your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands unless they are clean. ...Read more
Cold: Common sense hand hygiene.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a cold, I'm much better right now, can I go to the movies, my mom tells me is a lot of germs there?
Go have fun: A "cold" is a viral infection, usually acquired by hand to mouth or inhaling droplets, from a cough or sneeze, containing virus or viral spores. A crowded movie theater is one such source but so is any other public gathering, such as your family christmas or new year's party. Wash your hands and try to think healthy thoughts, but you're probably in more danger at the party. They get closer to you. ...Read more
What is the point of the human body getting a fever when you have a cold? Is the fevers purpose to kill off the germs?
Fever: Great question. There is substantial evidence to suggest that some infections in which fever occurs are limited because the causative organisms do not tolerate the increase in temperature well. Fever is very non-specific and is simply a response to cytokines released by cells responding to inflammation, or an imbalance of temperature generation with inadequate loss of temp thru sweating, etc. ...Read more
How long do the germs of the herpes virus live on surfaces and objects? I get cold sores and am just curious.
Hours to weeks: Longer if a dry surface. You are contagious when you have a sore on your face. But you are also contagious a few days a month when you have no symptoms at all. Since most people already have the virus hsv1, it has no effect on them. Prescription pills are very effective if used correctly, and very safe. Most people who harbor the virus require no treatment since they have no symptoms. ...Read more
Can spitting help get most germs out during a cold? & not spitting mucus, just any saliva that comes
No: Spitting may help you deal with thick nasal secretions that drain into your throat, but it does not rid your body of germs. It does spread them however. ...Read more
For what length of time do cold germs stay in the air from a sneeze if the person covered their mouth?
Virus: I do not know the exact period of time that droplets can remain suspended in the air, however some common cold viruses can live on inanimate surfaces for several hours. When someone covers their cough with their hand, the virus can remain infective on hands for at least two hours (if not washed off). ...Read more
Does bad germs like coughs and flu stick to soft surfaces like blankets and clothes and stuffed animals.
Why are hospitals kept so cold to kill germs, but people are advised to wash their hands with hot water to do the same?
Depends on the germs: Pink eye can be caused by a variety of germs, including various viruses and bacteria. If your kiddo has pink eye and likes to snuggle stuffed animals, it'd be a good idea to make sure the stuffed animals were given a thorough cleaning once the pink eye is cleared up. ...Read more
I had cold sore before we moved. The cold sore went away & in my new house the cold sore came back but on other side of lip? Germs in old & new house?
Correct, in a way: When the patient is in the old house and has the lip cold sore (herpes sore), the germs are in the old house. When he goes to the new house and gets the lip sore while there, the germs are in the new house. If he goes to a third house, the germs are in the third house, regardless of whether or not he forms a lip sore... because he (not the house) carries the germs. Herpes lives inside his body. ...Read more
No, but no worries: Cold water just washes them away. If they are hardy enough to survive in cold water, then they don't die in the cold water. However, many germs do not have cold water as their natural habitat, so they eventually die if left in the cold water. Washing with cold water is cleaner than not washing at all. Sometimes, people don't have hot water, but still can live normal lives with cold water. ...Read more
Had gall bladder srgry12/21 got sick frm germs vomit cold cough upper rgt ab hurts w/ burning hematoma?
If I'm going grocery shopping and I get stuff like chicken (raw) and ground beef. Any germs like salmonella, e coli, or any other germs from raw meat on my hands?
How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?
100%: Both are 100% effective if used properly: cover all areas (back and front of hands, fingers, under the nails, etc) and keep rubbing until the alcohol or moisture from the wipes has dried. No cold viruses can survive such treatment. Soap and water also works! To prevent transmission, though, must be done often by both infected persons and those exposed; also cover coughs & sneezes, and no kissing. ...Read more
Sinus, caught a cold, medicine I was kept in a very cold temperature 2 weeks ago. After that I got a heavy pain on my whole back. I coughed and sneezed and had a headache and some germs in my ears in a way that one of my ears blocked and I could not hear
This: This may be a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Typically, those will improve within 10-14 days. If it has not improved, you may now have a bacterial infection/sinusitis. Those will also clear on their own but may get better faster with an antibiotic. Other medicines that may help clear the congestion are afrin/oxymetazoline nasal spray (never longer than 3 days in row no matter how you are feeling), over-the-counter decongestant pills (sudafed), and never forget the nasal saline irrigation (neti-pot, or neilmed sinus irrigation are common). The sinus irrigation can clear out the thick mucous and make you feel better quickly. If things get worse rather than better, you may need to go to the doctor. ...Read more
I am 32 weeks pregnant with a white dot in back throat&cold symptoms. Risk going to doc and being around germs?
See a doc: If you're not sure and you are feeling worse would see your physician but wash your hands. ...Read more