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A 24-year-old member asked:

does viral pneumonia have a vector?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No insect/animal rqd: We talk of vectors as a living transporter, like a flea(plague) or dog(rabies) that passes a germ thru a bite. Viral pneumonia is generally passed in droplets of the oral/nasal secretions or coughed up mucous from an infected patient. You could consider your fingers as a vector, passing germs from a door handle to your face.
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
No: Typically viral pneumonia is related to transmission via respiratory droplets, there is no vector , as the infections are not transmitted by the bite of an insect, etc..

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Why do I get bronchitis or pneumonia so often?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Trigger factors: Trigger factors come in types: if you have an immune problem (iga), asthma, allergies or similar lung predisposition you will. If you smoke/work around fumes/etc. You might. If you hang around sick people you might. If your diet & rest patterns are unhealthy you might. If you work on what you can avoid/get vaccinated & follow a healthy lifestyle you give yourself the best chance of avoiding it.
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How is hypertension linked to pneumonia?

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Dr. Robert Wright
Pulmonary Critical Care 44 years experience
It is not: Hypertension is not linked to pneumonia. Pneumonia does not cause hypertenison. If anything, patients seriously ill with pneumonia can actually have a low blood pressure and this can be a sign of the severity of pneumonia.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can viral pneumonia kill you?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: Good examples are severe RSV (respiratory syncyctial virus) and varicella (causative organism for chicken pox) pneumonia that lead to respiratory failure and fatality.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Can you get vaccinated for viral pneumonia?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: There is not a vaccine to prevent viral pneumonias. Many different viruses can cause lung infections called pneumonitis, which is usually not as severe as bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonitis usually clears up on its own, because a person's own immune system stops the virus infection.
Dr. Paul Christakis
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Synagis, not a true vaccine but passive antibody injections, is sometimes given to at risk newborns.
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How does one treat fungal pneumonia blastomycosis?

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Anti fungal agents: Treatment depends on whether the disease is confined to the lungs and whether it is severe or mild. Severe disease and extra-pulmonary disease needs to be treated with amphotericin b, an IV antifungal agent. Milder disease is usually treated with an oral drug called itraconazole which is safe and well tolerated.

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