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is pneumonia caused by a bacteria?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Bacterial: pneumonia is, obviously, caused by bacteria. But there are a number of other causes of pneomonia, such as viral and fungal etiologies. Chemical, dust, and other inhaled or aspirated substances can also cause a non-infectious pneumonitis.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How are bacterial pneumonias different from viral pneumonias?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Cause and treatment: The cause is different. Viruses are much smaller than bacteria, harder to identify, and are treated with an entirely different kind of medications. Treatment for one does not work for the other.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Very serious : The seriousness dependes upon how symptomatic patient is, how large are the pneumonic infiltrates, how is the oxygenation and her a-a gradient whether or not there is septicemia and the response to the medications. Usually responds to antibiotics.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can pneumonia be prevented?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Vaccination, hygiene: Hand washing and getting the pneumonia vaccine (and getting your children vaccinated) reduce your chances of getting pneumonia. The pneumonia vaccine covers only some strains of one species of bacterium (streptococcus), but it covers the worst actors.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Actually, a vaccinologist told me that the pneumovax vacctination does NOT decrease the risk of getting pneumonococcal pneumonia! However, it does decrease the risk of side effects and reduces the severity of symptoms.
Dec 28, 2011
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Also a diet rich in antioxidants such as with fruits and vegetables is your best defense. I also recommend a probiotic daily. Since our gut contains 60% of our immune system, we need to keep our gut healthy. A good probiotic will replenish this good bacteria our bodies so desperately need to fight off disease.
Dec 28, 2011
Fort Worth, TX
A 25-year-old female asked:

Are there any over-the-counter treatments for bacterial vaginosis?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not effective: Many otc products that "promise to treat bacterial vaginosis" are not as effective as a rx from your gyn. The products just enhance the profitability of the company that makes them and can do harm with the irritating ingredients they contain.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Does the pneumonia bacteria cause any other diseases?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Yes, there: are many types of bacteria that can cause pneumonia, and most can cause infections elsewhere in the body under the right conditions.

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