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Doctor insights on: Upper Respiratory Infection Contagious Period

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I was wondering is an upper respiratory infection contagious?

I was wondering is an upper respiratory infection contagious?

Yes: An upper respiratory tract infection is always contagious. The word that you use, infection, means that it is usually viral and much less frequently bacterial. Therefore, if you cough or sneeze you are shedding infectious material to the next person or into the environment. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Respiratory Tract Infections (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me is a sinus infection & a upper respiratory infection contagious?

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

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Dr said I have upper respiratory infection, how long is that contagious for?

Dr said I have upper respiratory infection, how long is that contagious for?

Depends: That depends on the infection and what virus/bacteria is causing it. Generally, use proper hygiene and never forget that proper hand washing is the number one means for preventing the spread of infection. ...Read more

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Is this upper respiratory infection going around now in princeton wv is it contagious?

Is this upper respiratory infection going around now in princeton wv is it contagious?

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

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I have an upper respiratory infection how long am I contagious? Doctor gave me an antibotic and prednisone do I need both?

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

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What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

It depends: On how long you have had it and how serious it is. If minor symptoms, consider reading the link below for some advice.
http://summaries. Cochrane. Org/search/site/cold

if productive cough, fever, etc, see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I cure an upper respiratory infection (uri) on my own?

You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm curious how can you have upper respiratory infection and GI virus at the same time?

I'm curious how can you have upper respiratory infection and GI virus at the same time?

VIRAL: Certain virus, for instance adenovirus, may affect both upper respiratory and GI tract. Although, usually this is a different subgroup of the virus. ...Read more

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What meds can I take for a upper respiratory infection while nursing? My baby is only 1 week old.

What meds can I take for a upper respiratory infection while nursing? My baby is only 1 week old.

NONE: Assuming you have a virus, ignore all the noise from people trying to sell you things for this. Soup and other liquids may feel good in your throat. Nose spray can open your nose if severely stuffed. Antibiotics, vitamins, and herbs are all useless for this. Do not smoke. For severe cough there is albuteral inhaler. The less they know, the louder some people crow on this subject. ...Read more

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I have a upper respiratory infection. What does it mean when the home care aide we have asks me to "spray"?

Spray: It probably refers to nasal saline spray to help flush out the mucous. This can be helpful. ...Read more

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I wanted to know can mold that's in the bathroom that's on the walls can cause Upper Respiratory Infection?

I wanted to know can mold that's in the bathroom that's on the walls can cause Upper Respiratory Infection?

Upper & Lower: Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings. ...Read more

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Why would my upper respiratory infection be getting worse even though I've been taking the doctor prescribed medicine since friday?

Why would my upper respiratory infection be getting worse even though I've been taking the doctor prescribed medicine since friday?

Mgt: Most viral illnesses including the flu will resolve in two weeks. If you have a prolonged cough or fever, a follow up visit can be scheduled online to review. In the meantime, hydration and rest are recommended. ...Read more

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If I taken Venlafaxine 150mg in the morning and I have been diagnose with an upper respiratory infection, is it okay to take nyquil at night?

If I taken Venlafaxine 150mg in the morning and I have been diagnose with an upper respiratory infection, is it okay to take nyquil at night?

Medication effects: Your Health is Precious!
Please do not use Nyquil with Venlafaxine.

Nyquil has dextromethorphan in it.

Taking Dextromethorphan with Venlafaxine can increase the risk serious Serotonin Syndrome-confusion, hallucination, seizure, extreme changes in blood pressure.

See Psychiatrist to discuss decreasing dose of Venlafaxine, Therapy, other medications-Lexapro or Wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection, could you please help me?

I have an upper respiratory infection, could you please help me?

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

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How can I get rid of an upper respiratory infection fast?

How can I get rid of an upper respiratory infection fast?

URTI: Treating the infection & staying warm, plenty of fluids. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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


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