Top
30
Doctor insights on: Atypical Pneumonia

Share
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
116 Doctors shared insights

Atypical Pneumonia (Overview)

Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. Also called walking pneumonia.


1

1
Are there different options for treating atypical pneumonia?

Are there different options for treating atypical pneumonia?

Yes, several...: ...Different classes of antibiotics can be effective. Patients whose symptoms are minimal and who are otherwise healthy can probably get by without antibiotics. The use of antibiotics simply improve the odds in favor of your immune system, which is the main weapon against any infection. For people who are very sick from pneumonia, antibiotics are lifesaving when used appropriately. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
116 Doctors shared insights

Atypical Pneumonia (Overview)

Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. Also called walking pneumonia.


2

2
My father was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia. What does this mean?

My father was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia. What does this mean?

Outdated term: "atypical pneumonia" is actually very common, but differs from the "textbook" description of acute onset symptoms with a very predictable x-ray appearance. The designation is not useful. It tells us little about the causative bug (s), and treatment is not determined by the x-ray or acuity of symptoms. Currently, a more useful term used to guide treatment decisions is community acquired pneumonia. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
2 other doctors agreed
3

3
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

Do take frequent naps to help aid in the recovery of your pneumonia. ...See more

4

4
Treating Interstitial Pneumonia (Checklist)

Take antibiotics as prescribed for bacterial pneumonia
Once
Use cough medicines as needed to help your symptoms
Once
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you have a fever
Once
Remember to get plenty of rest to recover from this infection
Once
5

5
What are the tests for atypical pneumonia?

What are the tests for atypical pneumonia?

Various: There are antibody panels (in which the diagnosis is retrospective), and pcrs and non-specific indicators as well as cultures for some. These may be viral, mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, tb, fungal and others. The tests ordered will depend upon the history and physical exam and initial lab results. ...Read more

6

6
If you have atypical pneumonia, are you likely to get crackles in lungs?

If you have atypical pneumonia, are you likely to get crackles in lungs?

You can: All types of pneumonias may have crackles in the bases of lung affected. ...Read more

7

7
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

Expect that it will take a couple of months to feel back to normal after a bout of pneumonia. Rest! ...See more

8

8
Recovering from Pneumonia (Checklist)

Finish the entire course of antibiotics
Once
Follow up with your doctor
Once
Get repeat imaging to make sure the pneumonia has fully cleared up
Once
9

9
What causes atypical pneumonia to occur?

What causes atypical pneumonia to occur?

Atypical PNA.: Atypical pneumonia, otherwise known as walking pneumonia, is a type of pneumonia caused by certain bacteria (which you acquire from someone coughing) that generally cause a milder and longer lasting type of pneumonia. Often overlooked because the symptoms are so mild. Could cause cough, shortness of breath, chills, sweats, fever, chest discomfort. ...Read more

10

10
Have atypical pneumonia. Shortness of breadth is prominent though fever is in control. Treatment ongoing with antibiotics. Is it a cause for concern?

Have atypical pneumonia. Shortness of breadth is prominent though fever is in control. Treatment ongoing with antibiotics. Is it a cause for concern?

Maybe.: Some SOB may be expected, but worsening SOB despite treatment is not expected and should prompt a review by your physician. You should call them and make sure that you are OK. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
3 other doctors agreed
11

11
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

Coughing from a pneumonia infection can go on for months even after successful treatment. ...See more

12

12
What is atypical pneumonia?

"Walking pneumonia": Atypical pneumonia refers to pneumonia caused by certain bacteria, including legionella pneumophila, mycoplasma pneumoniae, and chlamydophila pneumoniae. It is called “atypical” because the symptoms differ from those of pneumonia due to other common bacteria. It is also called as also known as walking pneumonia as the symptoms are not as severe. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
3 other doctors agreed
14

14
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

Finish all your antibiotics, stay hydrated, rest, try to eat balanced diet. Sleep well. Follow dr. ...See more

15

15
What causes atypical pneumonia to occur?

Atypical PNA.: Atypical pneumonia, otherwise known as walking pneumonia, is a type of pneumonia caused by certain bacteria (which you acquire from someone coughing) that generally cause a milder and longer lasting type of pneumonia. Often overlooked because the symptoms are so mild. Could cause cough, shortness of breath, chills, sweats, fever, chest discomfort. ...Read more

16

16
What are the tests for atypical pneumonia?

Various: There are antibody panels (in which the diagnosis is retrospective), and pcrs and non-specific indicators as well as cultures for some. These may be viral, mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, tb, fungal and others. The tests ordered will depend upon the history and physical exam and initial lab results. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
1 other doctor agreed
17

17
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

It takes time for all changes in the lungs to reverse. Be patient, don't overdo physical exercise. ...See more

18

18
Question: what is atypical pneumonia really?

Less common germs: The "typical" are caused by certain bacteria such as streptococcus, and hemophilus...Atypicals included mycoplasma, chlamydia and are treated differently because the cause is different. ...Read more

19

19
Will atypical pneumonia surely lead to death?

Will atypical pneumonia surely lead to death?

NO: Atypical pneumonia is most often successfully treated with antibiotics. It would the rare exception that atypical pneuminia would lead toward death. ...Read more

20

20
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

Incentive spirometry, or taking deep breaths and holding them, can help open up your lungs. ...See more

21

21
What sort of problem is an atypical pneumonia?

What sort of problem is an atypical pneumonia?

Atypical pneumonia: The classic form on pneumonia presents with abrupt onset of cough, high fever, shaking shills, production of rusty colored sputum, and profound malaise. This is usually caused by the pneumococcus germ. There are several types of lung infection with a slower mode of onset and takes longer to diagnosis. The classic example of this is legionaire's disease, but there are other forms as well. ...Read more

22

22
Please tell me what causes atypical pneumonia?

Please tell me what causes atypical pneumonia?

Non typical agents: Term atypical used fot pneumonias which are not caused by typical bacteria causing it such as strep pneumonia, klebsiella, moraxella, etc. Usual cause for atypical pneumonia is mycoplasma pneumonia, but any un conventional agent which causes pneumonia could be called atypical.
Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
4 other doctors agreed
23

23
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

Do get another chest x-ray if your symptoms are not improving or worsening. ...See more

24

24
Difference between typical vs atypical pneumonia?

Difference between typical vs atypical pneumonia?

Mismatch of symptom: Patients presents with symptoms which do notmatch with clinical and radiological evidence of the peumonias i.e. Cocci, tband pcp. ...Read more

25

25
Can you catch atypical pneumonia from someone else?

Yes: Atypical pneumonia is usually caused by a bacteria (most commonly mycoplasma) that is transmitted in respiratory secretions allowing it to be passed from one person to another. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
3 other doctors agreed
26

26
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

Most people recover without any long term problems. ...See more

27

27
Are some people more prone to getting atypical pneumonia?

Yes: Immunocompromised individuals are at risk and certain individual in high endemic area for these kind of pneumonia otherwise the risk is stratified accross all populations. ...Read more

Dr. Irving Harper Dr. Harper
1 other doctor agreed
29

29
Atypical pneumonia (Tip)

Multiple causes just as many treatments too right diagnosis. ...See more

30

30
Are there different options for treating atypical pneumonia?

Yes, several...: ...Different classes of antibiotics can be effective. Patients whose symptoms are minimal and who are otherwise healthy can probably get by without antibiotics. The use of antibiotics simply improve the odds in favor of your immune system, which is the main weapon against any infection. For people who are very sick from pneumonia, antibiotics are lifesaving when used appropriately. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
2,234 Doctors shared insights

Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more