Is It Catching?

Children should not go to school when they're contagious to others or when they're too sick to learn. But how do you know if they are contagious? Find out if you know when these common childhood illnesses are "catchy."

Quiz

Children should not go to school when they're contagious to others or when they're too sick to learn. But how do you know if they are contagious? Find out if you know when these common childhood illnesses are "catchy."

1. Chickenpox is contagious until:

  • all sores have completely disappeared.
  • the initial fever has gone down.
  • all the lesions have crusted over.

2. Flu is contagious:

  • Only during fever.
  • From 24 hours before the onset of symptoms until 24 hours after the fever breaks.
  • As long as symptoms persist.

3. Lice are "catchy" until:

  • one week after using a lice shampoo.
  • a thorough hair brushing with a lice comb.
  • successfully treated with lice medicine, sometimes requiring more than one application.

4. Impetigo is a very contagious infection of the skin. Localized redness develops into small blisters that gradually crust and erode. Impetigo is contagious until:

  • the blisters have crusted over.
  • use of an appropriate antibiotic for 24 hours.
  • the rash is no longer itchy.

5. Strep throat is contagious until:

  • the appropriate antibiotic has been taken for 24 hours.
  • five out of the ten day's worth of antibiotics have been taken.
  • glands are no longer swollen.

Your Results:

1. Chickenpox is contagious until:
all the lesions have crusted over.

2. Flu is contagious:
From 24 hours before the onset of symptoms until 24 hours after the fever breaks.

3. Lice are "catchy" until:
successfully treated with lice medicine, sometimes requiring more than one application.

4. Impetigo is a very contagious infection of the skin. Localized redness develops into small blisters that gradually crust and erode. Impetigo is contagious until:
use of an appropriate antibiotic for 24 hours.

5. Strep throat is contagious until:
the appropriate antibiotic has been taken for 24 hours.

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