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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long does pain below sternum associated with chest wall pain last?

How long does pain below sternum associated with chest wall pain last?

Costochondritis: If you have chest wall inflammation (costochondritis) it can take up to 4 weeks. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories can help this. It can be viral in nature and be called the tietze virus. See a physician to rule cardiac problems and get an ekg. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm a 36 year old male with history of anxiety and pvcs. Can't sleep. As soon as i doze off, i get sharp pain below sternum. What is this?

Hello. I'm a 36 year old male with history of anxiety and pvcs.  Can't sleep.  As soon as i doze off, i get sharp pain below sternum.  What is this?

Anxiety: See your primary care doctor first to rule out medical issues, especially with pain in your sternum. If you are cleared medically try using the free anti anxiety app for up to date information, exercises and videos to reduce anxiety. Best. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral 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


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Pain Under Breast Bone (Definition)

Chest pain is discomfort or pain that you feel anywhere along the front of your body between your ...Read more