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Long Is A Cold Contagious

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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Both colds and flu are contagious and are caused by viruses. However, viruses that cause colds are not the same as those that cause Flu. Although the typical incubation period for Influenza is about one to four days, some adults can be contagious from about one day before onset of symptoms for up to two weeks. Other people who develop complications, such as pneumonia, may extend contagious period for week or two. For colds, most individuals become contagious about day before cold symptoms develop and remain contagious for about five to seven days. Some children may pass flu viruses for longer than seven days. Colds are considered upper respiratory infections. Flu may also cause lower respiratory infections. For both cold and flu, early symptoms may be similar. Symptoms and signs include cough, runny nose, and feeling tire. If you know you have had contact with someone with a cold or flu in the past few days, you should suspect you may have become infected. However, flu symptoms are generally more intense than cold symptoms. People with Flu can develop fever, body aches, chills, and headaches, and some develop nausea and vomiting. Cold symptoms are much milder and usually do not require MEDICAL care. However, if you suspect you have the flu, you should seek MEDICAL care. Flu is often diagnosed with rapid tests available to most physicians. Common Colds and Flu are easily spread from person to person,. Flu most often by droplets produced by coughing and sneezing. Cold viruses in droplets are spread mainly hand to hand. These droplets contain infectious viruses. Occasionally, these droplets land on various surfaces and, depending on the survivability of virus type, can be transferred when an uninfected individual touches contaminated surface and subsequently touches his / her mouth or nose. In most instances, individuals with a cold will resolve their symptoms without MEDICAL intervention in about one week, although sometimes cough may last longer. However, at this point in time, cough is not spreading contagious virus. When cold symptoms and signs resolve, person is cure of cold. Flu is similar except that symptoms are more severe and, in some individuals, MEDICAL intervention may be require. However, depending upon influenza strain and severity of infection, some individuals may require hospitalization. A cure for these individuals occurs when symptoms resolve and the patient is discharged from hospital. Stomach Flu is not caused by cold or by flu viruses. The term stomach Flu is a nonspecific term that describes symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although these symptoms may occur with flu, Flu is a Respiratory Infection. In most individuals with only stomach flu, causes are usually non - Flu type viruses. Similarly, cold sores are not actually caused by cold viruses but by herpesviruses.

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Mastoiditis

Symptoms of mastoiditis include swelling behind ear, Pus coming out of the ear, throbbing pain, and difficulty hearing. Ear infections that do not receive treatment, as well as antibiotic - resistant ear infections, sometimes spread. When this happen, bacteria travel to surrounding structures, including bones such as mastoid process. Without antibiotic treatment, bacteria can continue spreading to the bones of the skull. They may also travel to blood and organs, including the brain. Middle ear infections, which doctors call acute otitis media, and mastoiditis are most common in children younger than 2 years of age.


Ear infections

Many cases of ear infections improve on their own without medical intervention. Your doctor may want to monitor your symptoms for signs of improvement over the course of a week or two. For younger children with mild ear pain, doctors often recommend a watch - and - wait approach to monitor symptoms for no longer than 48 hours. If symptoms don't improve, your doctor may recommend antibiotic treatment or ear drops. In more severe or chronic cases, surgery may be recommended to drain excess fluid from the middle ear.

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Cold Incubation Period

Taking a week or more off work is hardly ideal, which is why Bogoch says it is OK to return to work once you 've passed the peak of your symptoms and are on the mend. You may still be contagious, which is why, according to Bogoch, if you feel well enough to return to work, you should practice impeccable hand hygiene to ensure you do not infect others. That means keeping your hands clean by washing with soap and water or using alcohol rinse periodically. Bogoch also recommends that people seek medical attention if they experience more severe or unusual symptoms. If people have shortness of breath, intractable nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, inability to keep fluids down, or if symptoms don't go away well after a week, Bogoch add, then you know it is time to seek medical care because it might not be a common cold.

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When Are You Contagious?

Dr. Jonathan Grein, Cedars - Sinai director of hospital epidemiology, suggests taking extra precautions to protect your family at home. To help prevent the spread of illness, it is important to wash your hands, eat utensils, and linens frequently and thoroughly. You should also avoid touching doorknobs directly and wear a face mask if you re coughing or sneezing. Dr. Grein also recommends covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, cleaning your hands often with soap and warm water or alcohol - base hand rub, and avoiding touching your face as much as possible.

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How Does a Cold Spread?

Seeing as how most common cold symptoms result in you launching bacteria into space around you, it is easy for cold viruses to spread through the air. You can spread common upper respiratory viruses through respiratory droplets when you sneeze or cough, so be sure to cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands frequently, says Dr. Nambudripad. Sometimes it is helpful to cough into scarf or tissue to prevent spreading infected respiratory droplets to your coworkers. Common colds are n't transmitted through air particles. Anything that has saliva or respiratory droplets can be contagious, says Dr. Nambudripad. That is why it is important not to share cups or utensils. That goes for kissing, too. Also, be sure to disinfect and wipe down any shared computer keyboard, mouse or phone, and wash your hands before shaking hands or touching other people.

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Protecting Yourself and Others

If you have a cold, you should follow these tips to help prevent it spreading to other people:. Stay at home while you are sick and keep children out of school or daycare while they are sick. Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands. Move away from people before coughing or sneezing. Cough and sneeze into tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose. Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Disinfect frequently touch surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs. There is no vaccine to protect you against the common cold.

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Treating cold and flu

Both cold and flu cause symptoms that can disrupt daily life. In most cases, viral infections run their course relatively quickly without any treatment. Many people find relief after treating symptoms of these illnesses, however. A wide range of drugs help treat symptoms of cold and flu. These are available over counter. There is also a selection of cold and flu medication available for purchase online. These medications may be useful if severe symptoms make normal function difficult. In some people with influenza, doctors may prescribe antiviral medications. Some people choose to take preventive action against the flu in the form of vaccines. Creating vaccine for constantly evolving viruses is difficult. However, CDC reports that vaccines reduce the risk of contracting flu by 4060 percent if vaccine is suitable for particular type of virus that is circulating. Many other factors can restrict the effectiveness of flu vaccine, but the CDC advises that vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu. Some people believe that flu vaccine can cause the flu. However, it cannot. After injection, some people experience aches in their arms the next day. This is a mild immune reaction to shot and should be resolved in a day or two. Because flu shots take two weeks to become fully effective, some people might also have already caught flu when they get shot or shortly afterward. Manufacturers produce flu vaccines either from inactive viruses or viral components, as opposed to live viruses. Therefore, people cannot get flu from flu shot. In most cases, treating symptoms of the virus and taking steps towards healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent the spread of illness.

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