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How long is a viral URI contagious?

How long is a viral URI contagious?

Several weeks: In a healthy 48 year old, your immune system should eradicate a viral upper respiratory tract infection in about 2 to 3 weeks.

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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I have a viral URI. I keep getting spells where I feel hot, feverish, and clammy, but when I check my temp it's normal. What could cause this?

I have a viral URI. I keep getting spells where I feel hot, feverish, and clammy, but when I check my temp it's normal. What could cause this?

Mgt: A typical viral upper respiratory illness lasts about 10 days. I would suggest checking your temperature and noting the reading, keep well hydrated and rest. If the symptoms persist, please see your PCP.

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What's a viral uri?

What's a viral uri?

Viral URI= cold: Viral upper respiratory infection, which includes nose, throat, eustachian tubes, sinuses. Over 200 viruses can cause cold symptoms, but most common are rhinovirus, corona virus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, enterovirus, & respiratory syncytial virus. Tx is symptomatic; antibiotics do not work.

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Can cough, greenish yellow phlegm/mucus and head/ear congestion persist for awhile after a viral URI? Feel better except for these things. No fever.

Can cough, greenish yellow phlegm/mucus and head/ear congestion persist for awhile after a viral URI? Feel better except for these things. No fever.

Maybe: Without an exam, I can only give general information, but classically after an inflammatory process in the upper respiratory area, the body is more susceptible to secondary infection with whatever germs are there. Strep and mouth germs are the most common causes and these often require antibiotics.

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I get 'common cold' symptoms for a day after I swim in a pool the last 4-5 times. Sore throat, sinus, sneezing. Could it be a chlorine allergy?

I get 'common cold' symptoms for a day after I swim in a pool the last 4-5 times. Sore throat, sinus, sneezing. Could it be a chlorine allergy?

No but: Chlorine can irritate your nose and trigger asthma for those who have the condition. It is not an allergy however. I suspect that you may have a hay fever issue which is worsened by the chlorine exposure.

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How long is someone contagious for when they have the common cold, flu, or bacterial / viral bronchitis?

How long is someone contagious for when they have the common cold, flu, or bacterial / viral bronchitis?

Contagious periods: The contagious period differs for each type of infection, even among different viruses! There is a range of values based on different infections ranging from common cold to influenza. These vary from 24 hours to up to 2 weeks! You should ask your physician what infection you have and for how long you will be contagious. Common sense dictates that respiratory viruses travel by cough or sneeze.

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Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Cold: If you have cold symptoms which have lasted more than a month, you should see a doctor and be evaluated. It may be nothing much but maybe it is something more than a cold or series of colds dragging on.

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Common cold symptoms and prevention?

Common cold symptoms and prevention?

Common cold: To avoid getting an upper respiratory infection practice excellent hand washing. Wash hands frequently & thoroughly with warm water and soap. Do not touch mouth, eyes or hands unless hands are clean. Avoid contact with people who have upper respiratory infections. Cover coughs. Tips: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. >

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I went to the doctors, I have acute bronchitis, why antibiotics for that, and not the common cold?

I went to the doctors, I have acute bronchitis, why antibiotics for that, and not the common cold?

Bacteria vs virus: Te common cold is caused typically by a virus called rhinovirus. Antibiotics are not effective against viral illnesses.

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What are common cold symptoms?

Many: I break colds into flavors: there are chest colds, nose colds and throat colds, although all common colds can cause all symptoms. Stuffy nose and cough are the most common symptoms, but feeling tired, sore, sick, having sinus pressure or earaches all come with the territory. Many colds start with a sore throat before progressing to stuffy nose and/or cough, but some only involve sore throat.

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What's the best over the counter decongestants that also helps with common cold symptoms?

What's the best over the counter decongestants that also helps with common cold symptoms?

Try pseudoephedrine: Or Zyrtec or neo synephrine nasal spray, as long you don't have any other medical problems such as hypertension.

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I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

Fever, body aches,: A true influenza has sudden onset, true fever (over 38.5 C), severe muscle/body aches, headache, nausea and cough. It also may be accompanied by diarrhea. Usually you feel awful and not able to function. Because the flu weakens you so much, it is common to have a pneumonia soon after the flu in many cases. A cold will rarely have a true fever over 38.5 degrees c.

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I had cold air condition air blowing at my face for few hours in a big gathering. Same night I started to have Common cold symptoms. Is it linked?

No: You need a virus to catch a cold. However there is suggestion that cold dry air may help spread the flu virus further but it cannot induce a cold by itself.

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Is it ok to get liver MRI with contrast done done when you have common cold symptoms (little cough, runny nose etc)?

Is it ok to get liver MRI with contrast done done when you have common cold symptoms (little cough, runny nose etc)?

Depends on what: The answer depends on what the liver MRI is meant to detect. You have to weigh the risks & benefits of ALL scans with the severity of the illness you are attempting to diagnose. I doubt the MRI is meant to help you with cold symptoms. Consider that MRI contrast DEPOSITS IN YOUR BRAIN for the rest of your life after inject & its long-term effects are unknown. If you have liver cancer, that's worse.

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I have common cold symptoms, but I also have pain in the left back of my neck, and the lower left jaw hinge, and my left ear feels clogged. What's wrong?

I have common cold symptoms, but I also have pain in the left back of my neck, and the lower left jaw hinge, and my left ear feels clogged. What's wrong?

Ear infection?: Common cold and other causes of sore throat may block the eustachian tube that goes from the throat to the middle ear. It may happen with or without infection going to the middle ear. Try warm gargles and/or steam inhalation. If you do not get better in couple of days or if there is discharge from the ear, please consult your doctor.

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Common cold symptoms for 2 days already, then all of a sudden severe abdominal cramping & slight nausea, loose stool. (doubled over in pain) any ideas?

Common cold symptoms for 2 days already, then all of a sudden severe abdominal cramping & slight nausea, loose stool. (doubled over in pain) any ideas?

Gastroenteritis: Sounds like a viral GI infection. Hydrate and consider taking something for the diarrhea. Diarrhea cramping can be quite painful. If it gets worse, you may need to be evaluated to rule out things like appendicitis

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more