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Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Walking pneumonia: This is not a good medical term and is used to describe patients with pulmonary parenchymal infections that do not require hospitalization. It can be caused by many different microorganisms and more often than not, these are not transmissible from person to person unless in very close contact. An example would be atypical pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae, often person to person in school.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on type: "walking pneumonia" basically means you are not sick enough to be on bed rest in a hospital getting intravenous meds. Some pneumonias have suggestive patterns on an x-ray that suggest the probable germ, many do not.Some are viral & some bacterial.Some can pass to others easily & others seldom do. Discussion with the source of the diagnosis is the best way to find out how easily it spreads.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can walking pneumonia contagious before symptoms and present?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around. There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Walking pneumonia contagious?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around. There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not.

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