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contagious

 [kon-ta´jus]
capable of being transmitted from one individual to another.
contagious disease communicable disease.

con·ta·gious

(kon-tā'jŭs),
Relating to contagion; communicable or transmissible by contact with the sick or their fresh secretions or excretions.

contagious

(kən-tā′jəs)
adj.
1. Of or relating to contagion.
2. Transmissible by direct or indirect contact; communicable: a contagious disease.
3. Capable of transmitting a disease: stayed at home until he was no longer contagious.

con·ta′gious·ly adv.
con·ta′gious·ness n.

contagious

adjective Capable of being transmitted from one person to another by direct contact or proximity—e.g., by aerosols or fomites.

contagious

Epidemiology adjective Infectious; capable of being transmitted from one person to another by contact or close proximity

con·ta·gious

(kŏn-tā'jŭs)
Relating to contagion; communicable or transmissible by contact with the sick or their fresh secretions or excretions.
Synonym(s): infectious (2) .

contagious

The literal meaning—spread by touch or direct contact—has given way to a looser usage and the term is now used simply to mean ‘infectious’. Chickenpox, once thought contagious is now known to be spread by droplets; the common cold, once thought to be spread by droplets is now known to be literally contagious.

contagious

(of infections) transmitted by contact.

con·ta·gious

(kŏn-tā'jŭs)
Relating to contagion; communicable or transmissible by contact with the sick or their fresh secretions or excretions.
Synonym(s): infectious (2) .

Patient discussion about contagious

Q. Is psoriasis infectious? Last week I and my friends from high-school went to the pool. One of my friend has psoriasis on his back, and when the lifeguard noticed it he asked him to leave the pool because he has skin disease that may spread to the other people swimming in the pool. We told him it is psoriasis and not some fungus, but he told us that psoriasis is also infectious. Is that true? Can psoriasis infect people who come in touch with people with psoriasis? Can I go swimming with him or should be more cautious?

A. It is right that psoriasis is not a contagious skin condition. But your friend should take care. However keeping skin humid is better for Psoriasis patients as I recently read these tips at
http://www.vitiligoguide.com/psoriasis/

Q. Is leukemia contagious? A friend of mine got leukemia (blood cancer), can I get it from him if he bleeds and I touch the blood? Like HIV I mean.

A. No, you don't have to be afraid, no chance of that. Your friend will need you to pass this terrible illness. So I recommend learning a bit about leukemia so you understand it better and won't avoid your friend.
You can get information on those 2 sites:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/leukemia/DS00351

http://library.thinkquest.org/C006095/root/glossary.htm

Q. Is psoriasis contagious? My wife got psoriasis and I don’t want to get infected…

A. Psoriasis itself, as was written above, isn't contagious, i.e. if someone has psoriasis he or she can't transmit it to you. However, there is a form of psoriasis called psoriasis guttate that is associated with infection of the throat by a bacterium called streptococcus (which is contagious), so in some way it is contagious.

You may read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis#Types_of_psoriasis

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