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Worst Impetigo Symptom
Painful, itchy rash on palms of hands & soles of feet, followed shortly by acute infection of 1 eye (treated) but rash persists. Herpes Zoster?
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
Painful throat,low grade fever,night sweats for first 2 nights, nasal congestion, bad cough, is this sign of HIV ARS at 3 weeks? Or viral infection?
Oral herpes: Oral herpes is contagious but also very common. You can spread to others but transmission is lessened by taking antiviral medication such as valtrex (valacyclovir). Avoid kissing or sharing sodas or toothbrushes until the infection resolves. Even without sores there is a chance of spreading this to others. About 80% of people have oral herpes or herpes simplex one. ...Read more
Maybe: In a 2007 turkish study of patients with chronic hives compared to subjects without hives staphylococcus was cultured more frequently from the noses of those with hives. To prove that staph causes hives though it's necessary to show that hives resolve with successful treatment of staph infection. That hasn't been reported yet. Up to 10% of acute hives are caused by streptococcal infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would be a bacterial infection that presented like coxsackies, flu like symptoms blisters, etc. but isn't?
Viral infection? Kids sick too. This a reoccurrence of something 2-3 mos ago:
temp 35.6 c
nausea & cramps
mild flank pain
flem, sore throat
New illness: Viruses don't sit dormant and recur. If it's back, it's new. It could be a repeat of the same virus in a new illness, or a completely different one with different complications, like strep. Take the symptoms on their merits and get checked out if necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fever: At the time of initial Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 infection a person may have fever, weakness, sore throat, painful lesions (most often on lips, around mouth, gums, tongue, cheeks), swollen & /or painful lymph nodes in neck. There may be a gray coating on the tongue. A first exposure to herpes simplex II virus can cause fever, chills, headache, feeling generally ill and weakness of muscles. ...Read more
Nothing: This is an allergic reaction to a specific plant substance. It occurs only on areas exposed, because it takes 3 weeks to go through the entire process, it may appear to spread but it does not. You may need a week to see all the places which got a little sap on them. Once you rinse off with water, there will be no new places to react. Learn to recognize & avoid these plants. If it is severe, get a. ...Read more
Is nasal/head congestion common in rabies prodrome? Internet lists many cold/flu-like symptoms in prodrome, but no mention of runny/stuffy nose/sneeze
The prodrome: symptoms are very nonspecific. More importantly, if you were bitten by an animal recently, and you are having symptoms, seek medical attention ASAP. ...Read more
With bacterial meningitis is a high fever above 103 always present. Being flu season could sore/stiff neck+headache but no real fever just be the flu?
Possibly: It is possible that your symptoms are all related to the flu. With the flu, you can have headaches and body aches. But if your headache is severe and you have a stuff neck it would be good to get checked out. Meningitis is a serious infection, and it's not the kind of thing that you'd want to 'wait it out' with. ...Read more
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