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Why Is Smiling Contagious
Yawns are contagious: There are interesting studies showing that when one person starts yawning, others do follow. In fact, not yawning in response to others can be a sign of abnormal social behavior. But yawning is not "contagious" in the medical sense, it's a social interaction, like smiling back at someone when they smile at you :-). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is epiglottitis contagious? My doctor says it is not contagious but there are websites that say it is highly contagious. Which is correct?
Can be contagious: Swelling of the epiglottis is usually caused by bacteria Haemophilus influenzae (H. influenzae). It may also be due to other bacteria or viruses that can cause upper respiratory infections.It can be contagious.Epiglottitis is now very uncommon because H. influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine is routine childhood immunization. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My aunt said sore eyes are more contagious when it's healing. Is this true? If yes, how long is it usually contagious?
Viral infection: By far the most common pink eye is a viral infection of the lining of the eye (the conjunctiva) over the sclera (the white of the eye). It is contagious, irritating, may affect the vision a little and is very socially unacceptable. There are other causes of red eye, some serious. So you should see your ophthalmologist to get a diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more
Dominant URI virus: Rsv is the dominant respiratory virus in season, here nov-apr.It enters the airways ; injures cells causing an outpouring of mucous.In some smaller babies, the mucous flow blocks oxygen entry ; leads to major problems;in most older kids or adults it doesn't go as deep ; may only cause a runny nose.I've seen asthma sufferers have trouble with it to age 8. U can get it every yr/ minimal immunity dvps. ...Read more
Variable: Dermatitis is a broad term meaning "inflammation of the skin" there are some conditions mostly microbial(virus/bacteria) that are spread by direct contact. There are some spread by other means like chicken pox which is caught by spread of "fomites" or sputum like the common cold. In general barrier protection and careful hygiene are optimal in reducing the spread of many but not all dermatitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I hold a newborn baby if my pink eye isn't contagious anymore? So, when isn't it contagious anymore?
When white: When the virus is losing the battle, the eye whitens up and the secretions decrease, then you are not shedding virus. Also you should wash your hands and face thoroughly and wear new clothes. Remember if the parents knew you had pink eye, despite whatever precautions you take, and the child gets it, then who is in the dog house! ...Read more
When does ringworm stop being contagious? Is it when the red spots are gone?. I'm always worried about touching the ringworm and spreading it
Not contagious: Ringworm is not contagious. Topical treatment should work. If over the counter medications for ringworm does not work then you should see a doctor to ascertain if it is something other than ringworm. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
YES: A recent study shows that yawning when others yawn is a sign of empathy and a form of social bonding. Kids don't develop this deeply rooted behavior until around age four. "emotional contagion seems to be a primal instinct that binds us together, " said molly helt, a graduate student in clinical psychology at the university of connecticut, storrs. "yawning may be part of that.". ...Read more
Emergency evaluation: These symptoms sound very worrisome to me -- like someone ill and delirious, possibly toxic, infected, or having a medication side effect of some kind. Please don't wait until the next primary care doctor appointment time on this one -- get your parent to the er. Better safe than sorry. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
When last spot dry: The contagious period of chickenpox extends from 24-48 hours before the onset of the rash for six to seven days.Over that period the average person will have 200 to 300 spots, that go through stages and dry.As these all reach the crusted dry stage, or 6-7 days out, you are no longer contagious. ...Read more
Is this only contagious through toddlers? or is it spread by all ages? how long from time contracted is it contagious
Is impetigo still contagious after treating? Bleached the tub but worried about family sharing it
What is best protection in lesbian relationships against HPV infection? Is it enough not touching moucous membranes? How exactly is it transmited?
Extremely: Another term for pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) is epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, emphasis on "epidemic." the virus is found in the tears and can survive on surfaces (tabletops, chairs, etc.) for many days. If you touch this surface and then touch your eye you can get the disease. Frequent hand washing and cleaning such surfaces can reduce transmission. It is not spread by other bodily fluids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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