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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

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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Is bacterial pneumonia deadly?

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?

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?

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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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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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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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 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 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 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?

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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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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Dr. Michael DePietro
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