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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

Dr. James Dukelow
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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The backs of my hands have started itching severely. No rash, until I scratch. This happened once before after an ugly viral infection.

The backs of my hands have started itching severely. No rash, until I scratch. This happened once before after an ugly viral infection.

Eczema?: This may be development of an eczema-like rash. Sometimes, it can be secondary to something you are coming into contact with on the skin. However, it may also be an infection (bacterial or fungal) among other things. ...Read more

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After a viral infection, I always get a rash in the same locations on my body. Upper abs, neck, groin. It is not very itchy, very red, goes away.

After a viral infection, I always get a rash in the same locations on my body. Upper abs, neck, groin. It is not very itchy, very red, goes away.

A curiosity...: ...but it sounds like your particular skin eruption is transient and can be relied upon to self-resolve. Suggest you take a picture next time and show your family doctor for piece of mind. Situational rashes as described can be seen in many settings and with variable clinical significance. ...Read more

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My daughter has had a viral infection going on 2 weeks we gave her ibprofene and now she has a rash all over her face, arms, legs and now her back.

My daughter has had a viral infection going on 2 weeks we gave her ibprofene and now she has a rash all over her face, arms, legs and now her back.

See a doctor: This may either be an allergic reaction, or the rash is the result of whatever illness is in progress. Two weeks is too long to have a "viral" infection and not have it seen by a competent professional. See a doctor asap. ...Read more

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My 3 yrs old son has a rash around his mouth mainly, on the cheeks, forehead, behind the ears and the neck. No fever, no recent viral infection.

My 3 yrs old son has a rash around his mouth mainly, on the cheeks, forehead, behind the ears and the neck. No fever, no recent viral infection.

Parvovirus B19: You may be describing erythema infectiosum caused by infection with parvovirus b19. He will probably develop a lacy rash on arms or trunk within a few days. It is also called slapped face fever. The overwhelming majority of these infections are benign and self-limited and require no treatment. ...Read more

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Red itchy and weeping rash on arms tummy back and neck following a viral infection and strep throat in january?

Red itchy and weeping rash on arms tummy back and neck following a viral infection and strep throat in january?

Red, weepy rash: Because of your scratching and breakink of the skin you probably have developed a form of impetigo caused by either strep or staph. You need to be under your doctors care. ...Read more

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Can augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) cause a non-allergenic rash if pt has virus infection due to viral antibodies?

Can augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) cause a non-allergenic rash if pt has virus infection due to viral antibodies?

Yes: Yes, but it doesn't depend on a viral infection. Many meds, including antibiotics like Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (amoxicillin/clavulanate) can cause bothersome rashes like contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction) or urticaria (hives). Less frequently & much more serious, it (like other meds) can cause a skin reaction called erythema multiforme and stevens-johnson syndrome requiring immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I want to improve on my immune system to prevent viral infection s?

I want to improve on my immune system to prevent viral infection s?

To improve your: Immune system, please eat healthy, exercise and take vitamins. A healthy life style with balance food and some Vit C will boost your immune system.

Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I cure my viral infection sickness?

How can I cure my viral infection sickness?

It depends: If depends what kind of viral infection you are talking about. Many viruses will be cleared from your body with a few days of rest and hydration. Other viruses like hepatitis C or HIV cannot be cured at present. ...Read more

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I'd like to know how to treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

I'd like to know how to treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

Difficult: These annoying coughs occur when the lining of the throat is renewing itself. They are especially prevalent if you had laryngitis. Use of cough drops and cough syrup can help. Sometimes the use of antihistamines liike chlortrimetron can help. For immediate short acting stopping of the cough, cut a thin slice of fresh ginger, coat it with honey and then chew on it - gives remarkable relief. ...Read more

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Doctor has told me I have a viral infection but didn't say how long I should avoid working?

Doctor has told me I have a viral infection but didn't say how long I should avoid working?

Viral illness: If you feel well enough you could go back at any time. Without knowing your symptoms and how badly you feel it is difficult to comment. Do hope you are better soon. Best. ...Read more

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Hi, my whole body has been feeling sore ever since I recovered from viral infection last week. Is it normal?

Hi, my whole body has been feeling sore ever since I recovered from viral infection last week. Is it normal?

Most likely yes: Muscle and joint pain is not uncommon with viral infections. Most of the time this resolves over a few weeks but rarely can go on longer. However, if you notice any weakness in an arm or leg, changes in the color of urine, difficulty with speech, swallowing, or breathing, you need to seek medical attention right away. If your symptoms have not improved in the next 1-2 weeks, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had 8 viral infections this year that passed quickly. I am concerned I have immune defiency disorder. Blood work in march showed nothing?!

I have had 8 viral infections this year that passed quickly. I am concerned I have immune defiency disorder. Blood work in march showed nothing?!

I wouldn't worry: When I was a young doctor I had many of these from seeing young children. After several years my immunity developed and I was fine. This is also common in parents with young children, especially if they are in day care. By being sick you build up your immunity. When I was in the service, with was also common when moving to a foreign country. After a year, the illnesses seemed to temporize a ...Read more

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How come I have recurring viral infections?

Immune system: Some people are prone to certain types of infections due to their immune composition. Rarely people can have immune disorders, but this is usually diagnosed early in life. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a viral infection or something worse?

Best to know: Some infections have no symptoms. If you are concerned about a specific exposure, see your doc and get tested. For many infections there are specific symptoms: fever, sweats, chills, weight loss, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary discomfort/back pain, discharge, skin lesions w/pus. For these you need to see a doc for treatment. For hiv, hepatitis, hpv specific tests need to be done. ...Read more

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I'm curious if influenza is a viral infection, how come it goes away?

I'm curious if influenza is a viral infection, how come it goes away?

No: Exercises won't focus the area in which you lose weight, but will firm and tone muscles in a specific area. ...Read more

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How do I treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

Time and rest: You have a upper viral infection causing a wet cough. You body is responding to the infection by producing mucus. Rest and time are still the best medicine. Make sure you don't have a secondary bacterial infection on top of the viral infection. Fevers should be gone and energy level normal. Make sure not allergies. ...Read more

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What would I take for upper respiratory viral infection?

You may use any: Analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen provided you drink plenty of liquids. You can take antihistamines at night to help dry up secretions (like nasal) and cough suppressants to help with cough. You can use nasal sprays for congestion, and most of all you should use garlic to help prevent these viral infections in the future. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can viral infection cause waist pain?

Hello docs. I was wondering can viral infection cause waist pain?

??: Do you mean wrist pain or abdominal pain? There is no such term as waist pain. Viruses will not cause isolated wrist pain but they can cause abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Do viral infections show up on a full blood count, I got told they never?

Do viral infections show up on a full blood count, I got told they never?

See below: Depending on the infecting virus patients with viral infections sometimes have a decreased white cell count and platelet count. Sometimes there are an excess of lymphocytes on the WBC differential and sometimes the lymphocytes are atypical. Often the complete blood count is normal. ...Read more

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I have many symptoms of viral infection, (off & on) for over 2 weeks; no appreciable fever.?

I have many symptoms of viral infection, (off & on) for over 2 weeks; no appreciable fever.?

Needs evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful response without additional history, physical examination and may be lab tests. If the symptoms have lasted two week, it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more