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Does Bacterial Pneumonia Cause Fever
I was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia two weeks ago, and although the fever is gone my cough is worsening. Very wet and foul tasting. Why?
Need further work up: You need to see your doctor and possibly get another CXR and/or CT. You should be evaluated for a possibility of pneumonia complicated by a lung abscess. The most noticeable symptom of a lung abscess is a productive cough. The contents that are coughed up may be bloody or pus-like, with a foul odor. Other symptoms include bad breath, fever with chills, chest pain, and shortness of breath. ...Read more
At risk: Once the inner lining of the lung is infected, it is prone to a secondary infection. It may take weeks to recover from influenza, and a secondary pneumonia can occur at any time during that period. There is evidence that the risk for a pneumococcal pneumonia occurs even one week after influenza infection. An interesting link for more information: http://www. Cidrap. Umn. Edu/news-perspective/2013/06 ...Read more
I got viral pneumonia in oct. In nov. I rec'd flu and pneumonia vac. Jan I got bacterial pneumonia. How if I got immunized?
My daughter is 4 with delays and has had many bacterial and viral illnesses (aspiration pneumonia), but never gotten a fever. What might cause this?
If someone had pneumonia and then the bacteria spread to the heart sac. Wouldn't it cause high fevers?
Several things: The cause of tachypnea and tachycardia would be the increase in inflammatory mediators seen in infection and catecholamine levels associated with the stress response. There may also be lower levels of oxygenation and increased work of breathing. If there is some degree of respiratory muscle fatigue, then this stimulates rapid shallow breathing as well. The exact mechanisms are not well understood. ...Read more
56/m (ex-smoker) - Is it common or rare for bacterial pneumonia (along with parapneumonic effusion) to cause pleural thickening?
It depends whether: It is diffuse (i.e. involving the whole lung) or focal pleural thickening. It would be exceedingly rare for bacterial pneumonia to cause diffuse pleural thickening, but relatively common to cause focal pleural thickening and/or effusion as a reaction to the adjacent infection. ...Read more
Can't streptococcus cause pneumonia too? And if so my doc put me on azythromiycin will this treat bacterial pneumonia?
Yes: The answer to both questions is yes. ...Read more
Hi, my grandfather had gram negative bacteria induced pneumonia. He had on and off fever for almost two month. He is 73 years old. Why is this?
More info needed: Gram negative pneumonia occurs almost entirely in people either with underlying lung disease (emphysema, etc) or who have been hospitalized, including places like skilled nursing facilities. It's impossible to say more without a lot more information. Your grandfather's doctors should be able to answer. ...Read more
My 8 yo had fever/cough x 5 days. Found out today he has pneumonia. Think it's bacterial because of quick onset. What are chances of siblings get it?
Maybe, maybe not: Most forms of bacterial pneumonia are not particularly contagious and arise from a preexisting problem like a cold or other viral process that is invaded by opportunist germs from the airway. The common pneumonia germ is carried by many in their nasal passages and throat. Viral pneumonia and one called mycoplasma are potentially contagious. Your doc can let you know. ...Read more
Had an agressive viral pneumonia 5 weeks back, no fever since 2 weeks, still coughing, have a sore throat and one lymph node swelled at the neck. 2 days ago took blood test no bacteria and lung X-ray clean. Should I do more tests or just let it pass?
I know you can get STD through semen but what about bacterial infections like pneumonia or viruses like flu can you get that through swallowing semen?
My daughter is 6 years with a history of bacterial pneumonia ad hospital admissions. This time she has no fever but a cough that sounds like bronchitis very full of phlegm for 2 weeks now. What should I be doing?
It does not: Bacterial pneumonia is caused by inhalation of organisms that we are colonized with into the airway. So it is not spread person to person per se. From living our daily lives we pick up germs that live in our mouth and nose, sometimes these germs can get into the lung from aspirating tiny secretions. This is more likely when we are weakened in some way, for example a person is weak with poor cough. ...Read more
Respiratory droplets: Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks. The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people. ...Read more
Different organisms: Cornynebacterium diphtheria produces illness via toxin that causes inflammation whereas bacterial pneumonia such as strep pneumonia or mycoplasma cause infection by multplying and causing inflmation. This is not to say that diptheria do not multiply, quit the contrary but to stabelize this infection you need antitoxin whereas with bacterial pneumonia, you attack this will antibiotics. ...Read more
Pneumonia causes cough, fever, sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray.
Tb is a more chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or gamma interferon release test with apical infiltrates on cxr.Sputum smears and cultures are + afb/tb. Tb can cause pneumonia too. ...Read more
Daughter has bacterial pneumonia and step bacteria was identified. Is it contagious? Especially if coughed on?
Not particularly: Many of us have strep pneumo germs in our nasal passages periodically as hitchhiker germs. They can sit there and do nothing or take advantage of a deep chest cold and trigger pneumonia. Some germs like chickenpox travel easily in the air and transfer easily, this does not. Simple droplet precautions avoid transfer, but even if you have some on board, you don't necessarily get sick. ...Read more
My 5 year old son was around my girlfriends daughter of 4 on saturday. She now has bacterial pneumonia. Should I be concerned for my son's health?
Not particularly: Bacterial pneumonia is often a secondary event in kids who have a preceding cold or lower respiratory virus. The bacteria involved are common ones carried in their own airways before conditions allow them to flourish and cause the pneumonia. For the present, just monitor your kid as you usually do and seek out an evaluation if he begins to act sick. ...Read more
Yes: The pneumococcal vaccines protect against bacterial pneumonia caused by the strep. Pneumoniae bacteria. The vaccine does not prevent pneumonias caused by other bacteria, viruses, or other germs. ...Read more
It can be: Bacterial pneumonia can be deadly, particularly in the elderly and in people with poor immune systems (on chemotherapy, with hiv, or even uncontrolled diabetes, amongst others). There is a vaccine available to treat one of the most deadly types of bacterial pneumonia, strep pneumonia. Typically, it is given to those at highest risk of developing or having a bad outcome from bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more
Not generally: It will obviously depend upon the organism causing the pneumonia and the extent of exposure and your immune status. The short answer is that if this is streptococcus pneumoniae, the most common bacterial pneumonia, as a general rule something in your system predisposes you to this and it is likely to already be resident in the back of the throat. ...Read more
It depends: Many different kind of bacteria can cause pneumonia. Legionnaire's disease, for example, is environmentally contagious. Most forms of bacterial pneumonia cannot be transmitted from person to person, though. ...Read more
Not advised: The child's respiratory capacity may be compromised, making them more prone to tiring and then risk of accidental drowning. With bacterial pneumonia, there is usually a fair amount of fluid in the lungs, and thus the capacity may be compromised. It would be ok to dangle feet in the water, but I wouldn't advise actual swimming until done with medicine and cleared by doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Bacterial pneumonia is more dangerous in the extremes of age - the very young and the very old. Their immune systems are sometimes not capable of fighting off the infection on their own and therefore should be treated appropriately in consultation with your doctor. For complicated/difficult cases in children, it may require the expertise of a pediatric pulmonologist to guide therapy. ...Read more
Yes: The short answer is yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: It is more dangerous in that more severe illness and even death is statistically more common in the very young or the elderly. In both age groups pneumonia is still usually readily treatable with appropriate antibiotics and support. The highest risk of serious illness occurs not just with age, but with the existence of some other underlying disease. (cancer, heart disease, hiv, etc.). ...Read more
May not be: This will depend primarily on the causative agent of the pneumonia, the severity, how it is being treated and the proximity of contact with the patient. As a general rule, many of the organisms causing bacterial pneumonia are already resident in the nasopharynx and for a variety of reasons the patient has become susceptible to pneumonia, and transmission to others is unlikely. ...Read more
Maybe but it depends: I know you want a more definitive answer but my crystal ball is in the shop being repaired. Is it possible to get over an pneumonia (and for that matter, any other infection) w/o taking antibiotics? Sure! But unless the infection is mild and you're super healthy, the odds aren't in your favor. While we can't treat viral infections (unlike bacterial ones), we can provide respiratory, etc support. ...Read more
Need for antibiotics:
When some on has bacterial pneumonia, the patients are sicker with high fever and may require hospitalisation and treated with antibiotinsdepending on whether it is community aquired, nursing home aquired or hospital aquired
viral pnuomonia symptoms are milder and these patienta will get better by themselves and most of the time do not need hospitalisationbut some time it is difficult to dufferentia. ...Read more
If you do yes but...: Why do you think that's what you have? It is not common at your age unless you have underlying disease. What are your symptoms? ...Read more
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