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Doctor insights on: When Are Colds And The Flu Most Contagious

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more


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How are the flu and the common cold different?

How are the flu and the common cold different?

Flu: The flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can cause nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, nausea, emesis and diarrhea. The common cold can be caused by a variety of different viruses, but the symptoms are usually in the upper airways and don't necessarily cause nausea or emesis or diarrhea. We also have vaccines for the flu. There is no such treatment for common cold. ...Read more

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How contagious are cold sore usually in the first day?

How contagious are cold sore usually in the first day?

It is contageous: If you have a cold sore you do not want to kiss anyone or do anything else or they can get the virus. ...Read more

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How are the common cold and the flu distinguished from each other?

Different viruses: Flu usually causes more severe symptoms such as fever, chills muscle aches and may lead to pneumonia. Common cold usually causes just causes a runny nose and headache. ...Read more

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Are cold sores contagious only when they are open or all the time?

Are cold sores contagious only when they are open or all the time?

NO, unfortunately: They are contagious through all phases until the skin has healed. They are most contagious with an open & oozing sore. ...Read more

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How are the regular flu and the swine flu distinguished from each other?

Check it out: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate:http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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Are sore throats contagious, when your around somebody with one?

Are sore throats contagious, when your around somebody with one?

Yes, they can be: If you have a bacterial infection like strep or a viral infection - they are contagious. ...Read more

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Are you contagious after the nasal flu vaccine?

Are you contagious after the nasal flu vaccine?

LiveAttenuatedVaccin: Nasal Flu Vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine and is not contagious for healthy people.No serious illness has been reported among the contacts, Only contact with severely weakened immune system and in protective envoirenment like after stem cell transplant,on chemotherapy,pre term infants be avoided ...Read more

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How to avoid the viral infection? The other answers are correct. Are you looking for examples? Some viral infections clear up on their own and the body builds antibodies and rids itself of the virus, as is the case with influenza (the flu), colds, and int

How to avoid the viral infection? The other answers are correct. Are you looking for examples? Some viral infections clear up on their own and the body builds antibodies and rids itself of the virus, as is the case with influenza (the flu), colds, and int

See below: Viral infections can be very mild in healthy individuals. They can almost "fly under the radar screen" in that they may only last for a day or two. To avoid infections or to have the infections pass quickly it is recommended to get plenty of sleep, eat healthfully and drink alcohol in moderation. ...Read more

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How long is the common cold contagious for? The same applies for the flu and other common infections?

How long is the common cold contagious for? The same applies for the flu and other common infections?

Variable: You are most contagious for a few days before you peak symptoms start for the flu you are also contagious for several days after you become smptomaic. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu the same body is very achy and i'm very tired and coughing?

Are the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu the same body is very achy and i'm very tired and coughing?

Yes: The symptoms of influenza and pneumonia are very similar. Influenza can cause viral pneumonia. Both are characterized by cough, fever, constitutional symptoms and prostration. Influenza in the usa occurs between november and april with the highest incidence in the winter months. Get evaluated by your md. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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How are the swine flu and the bird flu distinguished from each other?

How are the swine flu and the bird flu distinguished from each other?

Flu: The names and types of are often related to the living source in which the flu lives chronically, called endemic source. Swine flu (also called h1n1) is endemic in pigs and avian or bird flu (h5n1) resides in birds. How the different influenzas are transmitted to humans and the symptoms produced depends on a lot of factors. ...Read more

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How are the regular flu and swine flu distinguished from each other?

Seasonal v swine flu: Swine flu typically presents with rapid onset (3 to 5 hours) with a fever (, > 100°), chills, headache, severe aches and pain, fatigue, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea and possibly vomiting. Seasonal flu usually presents over several days with a high fever (102-104°); with severe muscle aches & pains, exhaustion, non-productive cough with nasal congestion, sneezing>>. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the most common victims of the ebola virus and how does it attack and spread?

Doctors, what are the most common victims of the ebola virus and how does it attack and spread?

At this point: the most common victims are people in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone.Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. According to the World Health Organization – Ebola can be spread through body fluids such as sweat, blood, saliva, urine and stool. ...Read more

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How are the common cold and allergies distinguished from each other?

How are the common cold and allergies distinguished from each other?

Hay fever: Hay fever does not cause body aches and overall ill feeling. A cold lasts only for 2-3 days. Hay fever lasts as long as the allergy season. Perennial allergies are all year long. ...Read more

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What are the causes of flu and how are they different from the swine flu?

What are the causes of flu and how are they different from the swine flu?

Differnt strains of: Same virus. Both are caused by inflenza a, but different strains, they have similar symptoms. ...Read more

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How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis start are you infectious and spreading the virus?

How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis start are you infectious and spreading the virus?

Depends: Different viruses can cause conjunctivitis and they will begin shedding at different times before symptoms start. In general, someone who develops viral conjunctivitis probably started shedding virus (and could spread it to someone else) 24-48 hours before their own symptoms started. ...Read more