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Stop Being Contagious With A Cold

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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 the 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 generally are 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 can often be diagnosed with rapid tests available to most physicians. Common Cold and flu are easily spread from person to person, Flu is 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 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 the 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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When to stay home

Experts generally agree that it's best to stay home as long as you have severe symptoms, like cough with mucus, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or fatigue, because you may be contagious. And CDC recommends staying home at least 24 hours after your fever goes away unless you need to leave house for medical care or other urgent reasons. Also, rest is an important part of getting over any illness, so there's another reason to take it easy while you feel sick. How quickly you recover from a cold or flu depends on how healthy you are. In general, healthy people usually get over a cold in 7 to 10 days. Flu symptoms, including fever, should go away after about 5 days, but you may still have cough and feel weak for a few days longer. All your symptoms should be go within 1 to 2 weeks. When you go back to work or school, make sure to cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands often so you don't spread illness to other people. These viruses can develop into serious illnesses like pneumonia in people who have weak immune systems, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. So if you have a chronic illness, your healing time may be different. If your child is sick, it's best for them to stay home until they feel well again. If they have fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or any kind of pain, are hungry, or seem extra tired or clingy, they should stay home. But check with your child's daycare or school before you send them back to their regular schedules. Many places have rules about how long kids need to stay home. Usually it's at least full day after they don't have any fever without medication.

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Respiratory allergies

Table

SymptomsColdAllergy
CoughUsuallySometimes
Body achesSometimesNever
FatigueSometimesSometimes
Itchy or watery eyesRarelyUsually
SneezingUsuallyUsually
Runny noseUsuallyUsually
Stuffy noseUsuallyUsually
FeverRarelyNever
HeadacheSometimesSometimes
Chest discomfortSometimesRarely

Runny nose, cough, headache, they are all symptoms of both common cold and allergies. How do you know which one you have so that you can treat it properly? A cold is a virus that your immune system attacks when it enters your body. Symptoms of cold are effects of the virus being destroy. Colds can last a couple of weeks and are highly contagious. You can catch cold from handshake, touching surface that has germs or by coughing or sneezing from an infected person. Allergy is an overactive immune response. Your body mistakenly attacks harmless matters, such as pollen and animal dander, thinking these are germs; your body then reacts as if you had cold. You cannot catch allergies from someone else, they are not contagious. Match your symptoms up below to find out if you have cold or allergies.

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Table2

SymptomsColdFluAirborne Allergy
FeverRareUsual, high (100-102 F), sometimes higher, especially in young children); lasts 3-4 daysNever
HeadacheUncommonCommonUncommon
General Aches, PainsSlightUsual; often severeNever
Fatigue, WeaknessSometimesUsual, can last up to 3 weeksSometimes
Extreme ExhaustionNeverUsual, at the beginning of the illnessNever
Stuffy, Runny NoseCommonSometimesCommon
SneezingUsualSometimesUsual
Sore ThroatCommonSometimesSometimes
CoughCommonCommon, can become severeSometimes
Chest DiscomfortMild to moderateCommonRare, except for those with allergic asthma
TreatmentGet plenty of rest. Stay hydrated. (Drink plenty of fluids.) Decongestants. Aspirin (ages 18 and up), acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for aches and painsGet plenty of rest. Stay hydrated. Aspirin (ages 18 and up), acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for aches, pains, and fever Antiviral medicines (see your doctor)Avoid allergens (things that youre allergic to) Antihistamines Nasal steroids Decongestants
PreventionWash your hands often. Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold.Get the flu vaccine each year. Wash your hands often. Avoid close contact with anyone who has the flu.Avoid allergens, such as pollen, house dust mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches.
ComplicationsSinus infection middle ear infection, asthmaBronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threateningSinus infection, middle ear infection, asthma
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Cold Incubation Period

There is no cure for common cold. Instead, treatment revolves around relieving your symptoms. Some remedies promise to shorten the duration of cold when take as soon as you start noticing symptoms. Heres look at some of the most popular ones. Some studies suggest that taking zinc by mouth may reduce the length of cold when take within 24 hours after you notice symptoms. Since taking oral zinc can have side effects, it is best to talk to your healthcare provider before using it as a treatment option. Avoid intranasal zinc that you put up your nose. It has been linked with irreversible loss of sense of smell. A 2013 review of clinical trials found that regular vitamin C supplementation doesnt decrease your likelihood of getting a cold. It can sometimes reduce the duration or severity of your cold. However, it should be noted that, in these trials, vitamin C didnt have much of an effect when taken after onset of symptoms. There is mixed evidence regarding the effectiveness of echinacea for treating colds. A 2014 review of clinical trials found that echinacea had only affected duration of cold in two out of six trials that were review.

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Protecting Yourself and Others

Since you can't stop coughing or breathing when you are sick, only way to avoid spreading your cold is to try to stay away from as many people as possible. Wash your hands frequently as well. Then, when you're feeling better, sanitize everything in your environment. In today's fast-pace society, it is not uncommon to hear that people come into work instead of taking time to recover when they aren't feeling wellbut, you should do just the opposite. Not only will getting a rest help you get better, but staying away from others will prevent the spread of illness too. You should also take precautions and make extra effort to stay away from those who may be more likely to get seriously ill from your virus. Older adults, people with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or cancer, and young infants can get so sick from cold viruses that they may need to be hospitalize. At times, these viruses may even be fatal. Following the simple steps above can prevent this.

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How to Protect Yourself

Hot foods and drinks are perfect for this time of year, says wellness expert Jasmine Hemsley, author of East by West, book on adopting Ayurvedic principles to western living. Its logical to think seasonally about what were eating and drinking. A recent study found that drinking any warm liquid-like tea, soup or stew-help relieve cold and flu symptoms by helping to loosen congestion and stimulate the flow of mucus. Plus, they help keep you hydrate, which can also reduce the risk of picking up a cough or cold. Help your digestion by avoiding iced foods and chilled drinks, and stick to sipping warm water throughout the day, says Jasmine. I also drink a lot of ginger or fennel tea in winter to curb those winter snacking cravings. And try adding warming and immunity-boosting spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and cumin-all of which can be enjoyed all year round, but especially amped up at this time of year in your everyday cooking. Cook foods is easier on digestion and go for plenty of greens like cabbage and kale.

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