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Can common cold cause lung infection?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Not usually: But in some people it can rogers's to bronchitis or less commonly to pneumonia.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Doesn't "cause" it: But some viruses that cause lung infection may start as what appears to be a cold. Moreover, colds often turn into bronchitis which is mistaken for a lung infection. Finally, some people have poor immune defenses (smokers for instance) and get both colds and pneumonia more commonly.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes lung infection?

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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Pulmonology 36 years experience
Inhaled microorgani: Any bacteria or virus that penetrats on the lungs potentially can cause an infection...Called pneumonia. Rarely it could come from another part of the body via circulation.
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