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When Does A Cold Stop Being Contageious
When is hsv1 contagious? Just before and during a cold sore outbreak? Or are you contagious at anytime, even if you never develop a cold sore?
Any time: Most people who carry this virus do not know it. Either there are no symptoms or the symptoms have never been appreciated in a definitive way. The virus is known to be shed and cultured periodically in the absence of any symptoms. Although most contagious during acute attacks, there is less kissing if a sore is present, so most transmission takes place between attacks or is transmitted from infec ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At what age is exposure to hsv-1 (cold sores) no longer extremely dangerous to babies? When does it become just a cold sore and not a fatal disease?
First exposure only: The first exposure is usually the one that is most dangerous because the immune system is still developing and may not handle the infection very well. That being said the age of when exposure to newborns is the least dangerous is usually when the immune system has had time to develop properly and can vary. By age 3 to 4 the initial outbreak is not likely to be as bad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When is a cold sore lesion no longer contagious? I know herpes can be transmitted regardless, but want to know when an actual cold sore is ok.
I get cold sores 3 times per year. If I kiss someone when a sore is NOT present, what are the chances the person I kiss will get a cold sore?
Once the skin: Lesion has healed. It is contagious in all active forms of the lesion. ...Read more
Why is it that people say you can catch a cold from cold air or being out in the rain when you really can't?
It is a myth: If a billion people say a billion false things a billion times, that does not make that falsehood true, . ...Read more
Can you tell me is it true that someone with a strong immune system won't catch a cold if they're sneezed on?
No: Contrary to popular belief, there's no such thing as a "strong immune system." there are weak immune systems and normal immune systems. People with normal immune systems still get colds when exposed to cold viruses their immune system hasn't seen before. ...Read more
How likely is it that I would get herpes from a handshake if i have cracked hands and someone was picking at their cold sore?
Are colds caused by viruses?.Can anyone give me a cold?. I have always believed you catch a cold when, for example, it is cold and you don't wrap up.
Yes: Colds are cause by viruses. The most common cause is the rhinovirus which accounts for up to 40 percent of all causes. They can spread from person to person, by touching contaminated surface such as door knob, telephone etc as well as by respiratory droplets from infected people (when they sneeze or cold). Always use wash your hands sanitizers to prevent the spread ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does shedding of a cold sore lesson as years pass. Does a cold sore less contagious after having it for year?
Herpes Information: I believe you may be operating on old and outdated information. We now know 1. 90% of those infected do not have sores or outbreaks. 2. If you are infected you will shed the virus even without a sore at unpredictable rates and on an unpredictable schedule. Anyone in relationship who is positive, their sexual partner needs to know their herpes status. ...Read more
Is it possible to trasnmit HSV1 through a spit droplet? Someone (who gets cold sores but didnt have an active one) spit on my lip while talking.
We've learned that a Cold/Flu is caused by a Virus ?
but why it happens sometimes when our clothes gets Wet or when we go out after taking a Shower ??
Cold hands: Do they turn red, white, & blue? Do you smoke? You may have either raunaud's disease (vascular spasm) [http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/raynauds-disease/ds00433/dsection=symptoms or buerger's disease (inflamed, swollen, clotted blood vessels—associated with smoking) [http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/buergers-disease/ds00807] see doc for eval & treatment. Stop smoking! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does XL-3 cold medicine stop a cold? or does it just relieve cold symptoms? I'm starting to feel sick so I want to stop it before it gets to me.
Thyroid: This is a premiere symptom of low thyroid activity, and you might have this checked out by your doctor. ...Read more
Sx relief only: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
My roommate is hiv+. Is it possible that he's prone to catching colds/flu, increasing my risk? I've been sick more often and get sick when he does.
Yes and no: While yes it is possible for your roommate to be more susceptible to virus infections to say that you are more at risk immunologically is going a bit far. True you're being exposed but you're probably just not following good handwashing protocols and that you're touching your face a lot. If you want to try something proactive you can start taking increased amounts of vitamin c which does have antiviral properties. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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