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Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Depends on type: "walking pneumonia" basically means you are not sick enough to be on bed rest in a hospital getting intravenous meds. Some pneumonias have suggestive patterns on an x-ray that suggest the probable germ, many do not.Some are viral & some bacterial.Some can pass to others easily & others seldom do. Discussion with the source of the diagnosis is the best way to find out how easily it spreads. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Both, usually they come from viruses ; bacterias that came from inhalation from a person who coughed before or close by. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia and bronchitis contagious? Patient is a gentleman in his seventies.

Is pneumonia and bronchitis contagious? Patient is a gentleman in his seventies.

Yes : Yes they are both contagious. The person in question does not need to be quarantined however precautions should be taken. Avoid close contact especially if the person is coughing; hand washing is important for the person in question and anyone around that person, also unaffected persons should avoid touching their eyes, mouth, and nose since they can touch objects that are contaminated and inadvertently contaminate themselves. It is also important to note that the virus or bacteria causing pneumonia and bronchitis in one person could cause varying illness in another (i.E causing a common cold). Take care. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have pneumonia or bronchitis?

How can I tell if I have pneumonia or bronchitis?

You cannot: That difference would require an exam and likely a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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What are bad symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia?

What are bad symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia?

Possibilities...: Both pneumonia and acute bronchitis are caused by infections. Symptoms that are worrisome include high fever, shortness of breath, hemoptysis (coughing blood). These symptoms would warrant an evaluation by your doctor. Also, if symptoms are worsening, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Please tell me, could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Yes: The diagnosis of bronchitis is made by a physician, from a thorough history and physical. It is generally a self-limiting inflammation of the airways in the lung due to an upper respiratory infection. In general, it includes a cough that last at least 5 days and is associated with sputum production. Pneumonia can develop from bronchitis. ...Read more

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What are some signs bronchitis is turning into pneumonia?

What are some signs bronchitis is turning into pneumonia?

Fever, cough: Signs ; symptoms of pneumonia: fever (usually 102f and above), chills, difficulty breathing, chest pain on taking deep breath ; cough. You may not have to have all of these signs. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bronchitis, could it turn into pneumonia?

What to do if I have bronchitis, could it turn into pneumonia?

Could: Usually when treated bronchitis stays that way. It is adviseable to see your doctor and not let it go ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between pneumonia and bronchitis in toddlers?

How can you distinguish between pneumonia and bronchitis in toddlers?

Stethoscope : Symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia can be very similar in toddlers. By using a stethoscope, a trained physician can listen to the lungs and likely determine the differences. A chest X-ray can also be helpful. Regardless, treatment modalities are quite similar. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have bronchitis, flu or pneumonia?

How to tell if I have bronchitis, flu or pneumonia?

In general: Bronchitis is limited to the lungs and causes coughand typically , no fever. Pneumonia symptoms are similar to bronchitis but are usually a more severe cough , and can include fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain , and the diagnosis is made by a chest x-ray. Flu is a systemic illness and includes runny nose, cough, high fever, and body aches. It takes an experienced physician to put this togethe. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more