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Can You Catch Viral Pneumonia A Second 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lots: There are many different viruses that can do this. ...Read more
Predominantly cause: One is produced by bacteria, and usually we find the alveoli (tiny air sacs) filled with inflammatory material showing as consolidation on imaging studies, whereas in viral infection the tissues lining the air spaces are more involved and appears as a reticular pattern on imaging. Both can show overlapping pictures. ...Read more
Bacterial pneumonias are caused by a germs called bacteria, for the most part they can be treated with antibiotics. Viruses cause similar pneumonias, since viruses are biologically very different (they live and reproduce by invading a normal cell and incorporating into the cells dna for example) antibiotics do not work, with rare exceptions. (like flu)
symptoms of both are similar though. ...Read more
Yes: The short answer is yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Often very difficult to distinguish.
However, bacterial pneumonia is more likely if the patient is very sick. ...Read more
Explain the dyspnea in patients with viral pneumonia, where the alveoli is not filled with exudates?
Still alveoli damage: Great? But the inflammatory response in the alveoli is similar whether due to viral or bacterial infection. Fluid still fills the alveoli and thus impairs gas exchange by impairing diffusion of gases across the alveolar-capillary membrane. ...Read more
I got viral pneumonia in oct. In nov. I rec'd flu and pneumonia vac. Jan I got bacterial pneumonia. How if I got immunized?
Chest xray showed Viral Pneumonia, I have no symptoms other then chest pain. Could this be a misdiagnosis?
Mgt: A virtual appointment can help to identify the cause. Sometimes the lining or pleura can become inflamed. ...Read more
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