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How do I know if I have walking pneumonia ?

How do I know if I have walking pneumonia ?

See a doctor: Walking pneumonia presents in a different manner and has a different causative organism than typical pneumonia. Patients still usually feel short of breath, but the fever, general poor feeling, and other symptoms are more gradual in onset and can last longer. The only real way to be certain and get adequate treatment is to see a physician in order to check bloodwork as well as a chest xray. ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Atypical Pneumonia (Definition)

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. ...Read more


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Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

Walking pneumonia: This is not a good medical term and is used to describe patients with pulmonary parenchymal infections that do not require hospitalization. It can be caused by many different microorganisms and more often than not, these are not transmissible from person to person unless in very close contact. An example would be atypical pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae, often person to person in school. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin help with walking pneumonia?

Can amoxicillin help with walking pneumonia?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the pneumonia. A penicillin sensitive strain of s. Pneumoniae could be effectively treated with amoxicillin. You list "atypical pneumonia" which is caused by legionella, mycoplasma, chlamydophilia, q fever etc. All of which are resistant to amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Can there be an easy way to get rid of walking pneumonia?

Maybe: "walking pneumonia" typically refers to pneumonia that results in mild symptoms - hence the ability to "walk" rather than be in bed. These can be caused by bacteria or viruses. If a bacteria is the cause then an antibiotic like Levaquin (levofloxacin) or zithromax may be of help and might reduce length of infection. However, they will do nothing for a virus. ...Read more

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Can my 8month old catch walking pneumonia from my 8yr old?

Can my 8month old catch walking pneumonia from my 8yr old?

Walking pneumonia: This term simply means that the infected patient need not be hospitalized or remain in bed. It does not indicate the causative agent, which is essential to know in order to assess the risk of transmission to others. If this turns out to be mycoplasma the answer is that in 4-6 weeks any other member of the family may become ill. If your 8 mo old develops any symptoms have them seen asap. ...Read more

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Could having walking pneumonia at age 12 put someone at high risk later?

Could having walking pneumonia at age 12 put someone at high risk later?

Unlikely: Pneumonia treated with by mouth antibiotics, without lingering symptoms is not likely to lead to chronic lung disease. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is someone with walking pneumonia contagious for?

10 days: Most patients with mycoplasma pneumonia (also called walking pneumonia) are contagious for up to 10 days after onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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My newborn baby was around someone with walking pneumonia could he get it?

My newborn baby was around someone with walking pneumonia could he get it?

Not likely: Interestingly enough mycoplasma pneumonia is very rare in infants. Be on the look out for fever, poor feeding, or just acting different, are all concerning, and call or see your pediatrician if you have any specific questions. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the difference between the flu and walking pneumonia?

Can you please describe the difference between the flu and walking pneumonia?

See below: The flu is influenza, a viral lower respiratory tract infection. Walking pneumonia is a case of pneumonia (lung infection) in which the affected person is not too sick and is able to walk around rather than stay in bed. Influenza can cause pneumonia and can also be complicated by a bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more