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Can you catch viral pneumonia a second time?

Can you catch viral pneumonia a second time?

Absolutely: As already mentioned, pneumonia is caused by a large variety of viruses. Additionally, not every virus confers permanent immunity when you get it. As a result, it's possible to have viral pneumonia multiple times. ...Read more

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Viral Pneumonia (Definition)

An illness caused by viruses such as the influenza (flu) A and B viruses (more common causes in adults or Respiratory syncytial virus (more common ...Read more


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Can a child catch pneumonia in a household where viral pneumonia is present?

Can a child catch pneumonia in a household where viral pneumonia is present?

Yes: Keep children away from sick people. Take it as an opportunity to teach good hygiene practices. Wash hands, cover your cough, use clean utensils and tools. ..Etc. ...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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Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

No: The pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent "strep pneumoniae" bacterial infections, such as pneumonia caused by that one type of bacteria. The vaccine doesn't prevent viral pneumonia, and doesn't prevent non-pneumococcal bacterial pneumonias. ...Read more

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Can viral pneumonia be cured?

Can viral pneumonia be cured?

Usually Resolves: A patient with good general health and a normal immune system will usually recover from a viral pneumonia after it runs its course. Occasionally a bacteria will come in and trigger a secondary infection which prolongs the illness & requires extra rx. If pneumonia is part of a more extensive viral illness, affecting other tissue systems, other problems may dominate the recovery process. ...Read more

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Does viral pneumonia have a vector?

Does viral pneumonia have a vector?

No: Typically viral pneumonia is related to transmission via respiratory droplets, there is no vector, as the infections are not transmitted by the bite of an insect, etc.. ...Read more

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Usually how long can viral pneumonia last?

Usually how long can viral pneumonia last?

Not too long: It's often hard to tell if a pneumonia is viral, but even if bacterial (and treated), patients are usually improving after a week. If you have a lot of other diseases, especially lung disease, it may take a little longer. Coughing may take a few weeks to ckear up entirely. ...Read more

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What are the differences between pneumonia and viral pneumonia?

What are the differences between pneumonia and viral pneumonia?

Subtype: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs with a germ, which may be a bacteria, a fungus or a virus. So viral pneumonia is a specific kind of pneumonia. ...Read more

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How long does viral pneumonia last? I have been sick now for12 days

No specific time: Our immune system fights viruses. The stronger your immune system is, the shorter time it will take for you to fight it off and get better. If you have more problems and a weaker immune system, it will be longer. ...Read more

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Can viral pneumonia give you a rash?

Yes: Many types of viruses can cause pneumonia and not infrequently they may also cause a rash. The classic is varicella virus which is also known as chicken pox. Adults with varicella seem to be more predisposed to getting viral pneumonia in association with the classic rash. ...Read more

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What is more severe: bacterial or viral pneumonia?

What is more severe: bacterial or viral pneumonia?

Can be either: Depends on organism, susceptibility to antibiotics and immune system of patient. Adenovirus is one of most virulent viruses often leaving destroyed lung. Other viral infections can be complicated by superimposed bacterial necrotizing pneumonia. Streptococcal and Staphylococcal and others can be very virulent as well ...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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Can viral pneumonia kill you?

Can viral pneumonia kill you?

Sometimes: Most cases of viral pneumonia are relatively mild and resolve spontaneously. There are exceptions. Influenza pneumonia can cause a severe life threatening pneumonia even in otherwise healthy people. In patients whose immune system is compromised a more severe viral pneumonia can occur. This might be seen in those with hiv, after and organ transplant or after cancer chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How to treat viral pneumonia?

How to treat viral pneumonia?

Viral pneumonia: Viral pneumonia will not respond to antibiotics and treatment is mainly supportive. Rest, increased fluids, cough suppressants/acetaminophen at night to help with discomfort and multivitamins. Sometimes, medications such as steroids and inhalers are used to hasten recovery if there is a history or reactive airways (asthma). ...Read more

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Can you get vaccinated for viral pneumonia?

Can you get vaccinated for viral pneumonia?

Just flu: For the most part the only virus that causes pneumonia in adulthood with a vaccine is the flu. However some childhood illnesses can be associated with pneumonia is those with damaged immune systems like for example chicken pox, so vaccinations against the usual childhood illnesses is a good idea. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Depends on virus: Rsv is a virus that can vary in its effect on an infected child from a simple runny nose to life threatening pneumonia. The smaller the infant/kid the worse the potential pbs. Kids catch this virus almost every year but seldom have problems after infancy. Other forms of viral pneumonia vary in their outcome. The worst I've known was chickenpox pn in a untreated newborn delivered by a midwife. (died). ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over viral pneumonia?

How long does it take to get over viral pneumonia?

2 to 4 weeks: It can take up to 4 weeks to completely recover from viral pneumonias, mostly depending on the cause (type of virus) causing the infection. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where I work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?

Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where I work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?

Maybe: Viruses can be transmitted person to person, however a virus that causes pneumonia in one person may not necessarily cause pneumonia in another person who is infected with it. For example the flu can can cause a fever, muscle aches and few lung symptoms in one person but a severe pneumonia in another. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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