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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?

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

Dr. Arnold Friedman
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Bacterial Pneumonia (Definition)

A type of pneumonia that is located diffusely throughout the lung tissue, as opposed to the more common lobar pneumonia, which is generally located in a single defined ...Read more


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How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

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

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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?

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?

Wrong bacteria: The "pneumonia vaccination" only helps prevent pneumonia caused by a certain kind of bacteria, one that is a common cause for pneumonia in older adults. There are still plenty of other bacteria out there that can cause pneumonia. ...Read more

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What causes tachypnea and tachycardia in bacterial pneumonia?

What causes tachypnea and tachycardia in bacterial pneumonia?

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

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56/m (ex-smoker) - Is it common or rare for bacterial pneumonia (along with parapneumonic effusion) to cause pleural thickening?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

You are confused: Any organ system can be infected by any number of organisms. By swallowing you get organisms into the GI tract, not the lungs or whatever. Then what you swallow (semen, in this instance) has to be infected. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Revisit her doctor: With possible referral to an immunonlogist given her history of recurrent chest infection/pneumonia, it is possible also that she has sinusitis which cause similar symptoms and may need antibiotics, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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In what way does bacterial pneumonia spread?

In what way does bacterial pneumonia spread?

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

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What is the method of transmission in bacterial pneumonia?

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

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Distinguish between bacterial pneumonia and diphtheria?

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

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What makes viral pneumonia more problematic than bacterial pneumonia?

What makes viral pneumonia more problematic than bacterial pneumonia?

Nothing: Viral pneumonia is often milder, however if severe it is problematic in that outside the flu and some rare infections affecting only people with damaged immune systems, there are few antiviral direct antibiotic treatment, antibiotics in general are effective only for bacteria. ...Read more

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What are some differences between acute bacterial pneumonia and tuberculosis?

What are some differences between acute bacterial pneumonia and tuberculosis?

See below: 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

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Daughter has bacterial pneumonia and step bacteria was identified. Is it contagious? Especially if coughed on?

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

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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?

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

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Is there a vaccination against bacterial pneumonia?

Is there a vaccination against bacterial pneumonia?

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

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Can bacterial pneumonia be treated?

Can bacterial pneumonia be treated?

Yes: Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections - bacterial (and viral) pneumonias can be lethal, but, in general, bacterial infections, including a bacterial pneumonia, can be treated with antibiotics (oral or intravenous). ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia a common or rare disease in adults?

Is bacterial pneumonia a common or rare disease in adults?

Well, fairly common: Community acquired pneumonia is a fairly common illness. It can be treated but one must visit ones doctor early in the course of the illness so as to prevent progression of the infection and end up hospitalized ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia deadly?

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

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Is bacterial pneumonia contagous?

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

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Is there a way to prevent bacterial pneumonia?

You can reduce your: Risk of pneumonia by getting your yearly flu vaccine. Also if you are an appropriate candidate, get your pneumonia vaccine every 5 years. If you are immunocompromised, avoid visiting sick patients. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia a communicable disease?

Is bacterial pneumonia a communicable disease?

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

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Can a child with bacterial pneumonia go swimming?

Can a child with bacterial pneumonia go swimming?

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

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Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for children?

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

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Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

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

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How long is bacterial pneumonia contagious to other people?

How long is bacterial pneumonia contagious to other people?

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

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Will viral or bacterial pneumonia cure itself depending on time?

Will viral or bacterial pneumonia cure itself depending on time?

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

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What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

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

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If I have bacterial pneumonia, should I go to the emergency room?

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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What is bacterial pneumonia? How can I prevent myself from getting it?

What is bacterial pneumonia? How can I prevent myself from getting it?

Bacterial pneumonia: Is a lung infection due to a bacteria, vs. A virus, fungus, or other etiology. Whether or not it is contagious depends on the type of bacteria. If contagious, it is spread primarily by breathing in infected droplets from coughing/sneezing. ...Read more

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I have bacterial pneumonia, are the symptoms similar to viral pneumonia?

Yes, usually: Bacterial pneumonia varies by the type of bacteria as does viral pneumonia. In general, however, both present with a fever, shortness of breath, and a cough. ...Read more

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How long will it take me to recover from bacterial pneumonia if I also got pleurisy?

Depends: The actual cause of the pneumonia (particular organism involved), extent of disease, the prior health and immunity of the patient, age and other factors will dictate how long it may take to resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more