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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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Dr. Michael DePietro
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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: Bacterial pneumonia should be treated with antibiotics, it is possible that the infection could spontaneously resolve without treatment as it did sometimes in the pre antibiotic era. This is not something one should risk as bacterial pneumonia can be severe even life threatening and is best treated with antibiotics. There are no antibiotics for viral pneumonia ( except flu) . Both need 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