A 35-year-old member asked:
Is bacterial pneumonia contagious even after taking more antibiotics?
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Internal Medicine 49 years experience
UES: Initially pneumonia can be contagious after few days it should not be contagious any more.
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Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Not really: Bacterial pneumonia is usually caused by aspiration ( meaning inhaling secretions) in the mouth and throat) that are colonized with bacteria. You do not typically catch "pneumonia" from someone in the same way you catch a cold, from inhaled droplets from someone else. Exceptions for some infections, like TB or legionella pneumonia exist, but most bacterial pneumonia is not contagious in this way.
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Last updated Dec 24, 2019
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