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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

Dr. Arnold Friedman
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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).

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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.

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What time of year is bacterial pneumonia more common?

What time of year is bacterial pneumonia more common?

More cases in winter: Pneumonia is prevelant year around but more cases diagnosed in winter season.

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What is the method of transmission in bacterial pneumonia?

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.

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What is the incubation time for bacterial pneumonia, please?

What is the incubation time for bacterial pneumonia, please?

It varies widely: The incubation period for pneumonia varies widely based on the causative organism and whether it is a virus, bacteria, fungus or parasite.

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Chloe has bacterial pneumonia. Meant to have 5.25mls twice a day for 2 wks. Seems good but realized after a week I was giving 2.25mls. What do I do?

Chloe has bacterial pneumonia. Meant to have 5.25mls twice a day for 2 wks. Seems good but realized after a week I was giving 2.25mls. What do I do?

No standard rules: These situations are a judgement call. Usually, if a patient was taking half the recommended dose of antibiotics and her symptoms were clearing up, then that lower dose was probably adequate for her illness. If so, one can increase to the recommended dose for the second week. If in the middle of the second week, some of her symptoms are still present, her doctor might want to re-examine her.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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