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Is Viral Costochondritis Contagious
Like a cold or flu: Like a cold of flu, one should expect a viral tracheitis or viral laryngitis to be contagious from a couple of days before the start of symptoms through 5-10 days of symptoms. The period of contagiousness in one individual person is unpredictable, so if somebody needs to be extra safe, then he should stay away from the sick person until a couple of days after all symptoms are gone. ...Read more
Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where I work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?
Maybe: Viruses can be transmitted person to person, however a virus that causes pneumonia in one person may not necessarily cause pneumonia in another person who is infected with it. For example the flu can can cause a fever, muscle aches and few lung symptoms in one person but a severe pneumonia in another. ...Read more
Difficult to answer: There are many different viruses that can cause bronchitis, all with different incubation periods and different time frames for viral shedding. But, if you have active symptoms like fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, etc., you are likely contagious. The associated cough can last longer than the viral infection so if all the other symptoms are gone, you are possibly no longer contagious. ...Read more
My daughter is 31 months and has vomited for two days (couple times each) seems fine otherwise. Could this be viral? If so how long is she contagious
Vomiting otherwiseOK: She most likely has viral infection, and she may be contagious for about 72 hours. ...Read more
Conflict: Is it viral or bacterial? Usually for 48 hours on antibiotics if bacterial. ...Read more
Is viral pericarditis contagious? Once the fluid is removed through cath procedure will it reoccur?
Can be and maybe: Viral pericarditis is caused by an enteric viral illness which others may catch through oral/fecal contamination: kissing, sharing food utensils, etc. If the fluid is drained, it usually doesn't recur but sometimes it does and you must be watched for this complication. ...Read more
Iv had viral conjuctivitis f ok r 2 years an the optometrist still says there's nothin wrong with me who can help me im contagious?
Father-inlaw has viral pneumonia for last 2 weeks. Been on 5 day leva-pck still had high temp. Is he still contagious? My wife wants to see him
Not sure: Viral pneumonia should have cleared in two weeks. The fact that he is being treated with Levofloxacin suggests that either the initial diagnosis was incorrect or that he has developed a secondary bacterial pneumonia as a result of the viral infection. Before your wife sees him, check with his doctor about whether he feels there is a risk (doubt that this is true). ...Read more
Quite, but...: The viruses that cause the majority of cases of viral meningitis are actually quite contagious, but does not mean you will get meningitis. You may only get a simple cold when you are exposed to the same virus, or run a bit of a fever and feel fatigued. To go on and actually develop meningitis is quite unusual. SO you may get sick, but not as bad hopefully.... ...Read more
How long is viral bronchiolitis contagious? I have a 5.5 month-old who was hospitalized for it and I want to know when he can be around other babies.
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Entire time: Consider yourself contagious the entire illness. Viral contagion can start couple days before symptoms start. Be sure it's really a infection & not an allergic or non-allergic rhinitis or sinus condition. Hope that helps. ...Read more
I'm unable to use the muscles in my right side face properly? Doc says it's viral. Contagious to my family?
No: Multiple websites agree that the virus causing bell's palsy is not contagious. The nih website adds that steroids such as prednisone—used to reduce inflammation and swelling—are effective treatment. Other drugs such as acyclovir—used to fight viral herpes infections —may also have some benefit in shortening the course of the disease. ...Read more
Is viral sinus infection contagious before symptoms show up initially or is it contagious only after symptoms come out?
Both, for the virus.: The virus is contagious just before the symptoms appear, and during the first part of the symptomatic illness. There is no way to predict in an individual person when he will no longer be contagious (many people ask about this, but one can only guess when he will no longer be spewing viruses). However, the sinusitis may not be contagious, meaning not all who catch the virus actually get sinusitis. ...Read more
Is viral meningitis contagious as I'm starting to have same symptoms as my work colleague who has just been diagnosed.?
Diagnosed w/ non-viral bronchitis. Been on meds for 4 days, now fever came back. Am I contagious again? Why did it come back?
I have viral gastroenteritis and I'm feeling better, this is day 2. I'm no longer vomitting but I still have a little diarria, am I still contagious?
Yes: Patients with viral gastroenteritis can continue to shed virus in their stool for 10-21 days after onset of illness. Frequent hand washing with soap (NOT hand sanitizers) by the patient and household contacts can reduce transmission. All surfaces in contact with stool or vomitus should be wiped with diluted household bleach. Care givers should use disposable gloves (and masks if possible). ...Read more
What is the redness left over after a cold sore? Is it contagious? Is it more likely to be contagious while red, than your general viral shedding?
There can still: Be viral shedding when it is pink and even after. ...Read more
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
After a week of a viral pharyngitis, my saliva will still have virus and contagious? I'm already with no symptoms anymore
Usually: The contagiousness is 5-7 days after onset of symptoms ...Read more
What is viral exanthematous fever? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.
About 10 days: Most of the eye viruses have a contagious period of 10 days. ...Read more
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