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How Long Is Kennel Cough Contagious
My dog has kennel cough is it contagious for me or my 2 children? My son is 11 & my daughter is 8........
No: No, ordinarily the bacteria that classically cause kennel cough do not affect humans. However, there have been case reports of that bacteria affecting humans who are immuno-compromised. As long as everyone in the household his relatively healthy, I'm afraid only your dog is going to be affected. However, your dog can pass it to other dogs! I hope your pup starts feeling better soon! ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
My wife passed cold to me, it progressed. Now me and my 2 year old son have bronchitis type of cough all day long. Is bronchitis contagious?
No: Most individuals are no longer contagious after about 3 weeks of onset of symptoms or earlier if treated with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more
How long is croup contagious? My son drank out nieces cup who had it last wk. Her fever is gone and she's back at school. Still has a cough. Worry?
Unlikely...: Though one may contract a virus by touching a contaminated surface and then touching the eyes, nose or mouth, the timing of your niece's illness makes it unlikely. Croup is usually caused by a virus infection, most often a parainfluenza virus. After the third day of symptoms, a patient will begin to clinically improve. The cough may in itself represent a post-viral cough that may persist for weeks. ...Read more
Treated or not?: If pertussis is treated and you have started antibiotics you are contagious for about 5 to 7 days. If you are not treated the period extends from 3 to 6 weeks. ...Read more
Flu for 5 days despite of flu shot. Still have fever, aches, chills, no appetite, mild cough, headache, exhaustion. Still contagious? How long?
See your doctor.: One of the biggest problems from the flu is the chance of secondary bacterial infections, including sinusitis and pneumonia. Fever for 3-4 days can be normal, but with 5 days of it, it is time to be seen. You are contagious for 5-7 days after the onset of symptoms. If you have shortness of breath, dizziness, blurry vision, go to the ER. The vaccine only protects 60% of folks. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with h1n1 flu. How long am I contagious? High fever is gone. Now have low grade fever with cough/phlegm, fatigue, sinusitis.
Flu: You usually are contagious 7-10 days with the flu. However, you have developed a secondary infection so I would advise you to see you doctor. ...Read more
If you have recurrent laryngeal nerve injury, how important is it to avoid exposure to cold/cough? When are colds typically no longer contageous?
No: This comes from a dog specific organism and will not cause infection in humans. ...Read more
Taken all my meds for bronchitis still have my cough. Am I contagious still? Can you pass through kissing?
Are any cancers contagious by cough I'm only asking because I know somebody who was wearing a mask and just a cough can be a problem but For who?
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