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Is Upper Respiratory Infection Contagious
An infection of the upper or lower respiratory tract. Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis and otitis media. Lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis, bronchiolitis, tracheitis and pneumonia. These infections can be caused by a ...Read more
Yes and no : Upper respiratory infections are typically contagious as they are usually caused by viruses. Sinus infections are not typically contagious but can be if caused by a virus. To play it safe always wash your hands, cover your cough and practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses. ...Read more
Almost all are: The vast majority of colds/upper respiratory infections are viral, highly contagious, and self limited. The average person gets 1-3 colds per year. Princeton, wv, or anywhere else, hand washing and common sense should prevail in defense against colds. It stinks to have one, but buying some kleenex, hand sanitizer and waiting it out are usually the best approach. ...Read more
I have an upper respiratory infection how long am i contagious ? Doctor gave me an antibotic and prednisone do I need both ?
URI contagious: If you have a viral upper respiratory infection, two - three days. If you have a bacterial respiratory infection, which may follow the viral uri, generally this is not contagious. Bacterial infections generally follow the insult from the virus. Antibiotics will shorten the duration of a bacterial infection. Prednisone speeds up recovery quickest, but should be used with caution. ...Read more
Comfort: You have a cold...rest and hydrate. Not much else you can do. Try not to spread it to others. Please be specific in your next question if you want something more. ...Read more
You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more
Hi, i get viral upper respiratory infection like every two months. Otherwise healthy, should i worry?
Probably okay: This is probably not a concern. Viruses that cause upper respiratory infections are common. Here's some things to do to try and prevent getting infected. Wash hands frequently and keep them away from your face. Avoid areas where people are coughing and sneezing. Check with your doctor to get some basic lab test done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills..should i see another dr?
I was sick with upper respiratory infection and i coughed hard and felt a pop in my lower ribcage on left side its been a week and still in pain?
See below: It sounds as if you've subluxaed one of your ribs. There's not much to do about them other than symptom control. ...Read more
Walking is good: Walking exercises are good to do when you have a uri. ...Read more
URI Symptoms: As long as the symptoms have improved significantly, i think going back to work would be fine. If you still need cold medicine, i wouldn't go back yet as the medicines can make you excessively sleepy. Feel better! ...Read more
I'm curious my brother might have upper respiratory infection how many days or weeks does it take to go away.? And what can he do to get better faster
URTI: Treating the infection & staying warm, plenty of fluids. ...Read more
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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