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Bacterial Pneumonia In Infants
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
12-months old baby, hospitalized 5 days for bacterial pneumonia. How long before coughing will disappear?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 8 yo son got bacterial pneumonia. I've heard it's serious. Should i be worried or is it common?
What do you suggest if I have bacterial pneumonia. What is more severe bacterial or viral pneumonia?
Antibiotics/ neither: Bacterial pneumonia requires antibiotics to treat. Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria or viruses, which are 2 different kinds of germs. The main difference is not severity, either can range from mild to life threatening. The difference is that viral pneumonia often has no specific antibiotic treatment. There are exceptions, if caught early there are meds for flu virus, for example. ...Read more
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