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Can You Get Pneumonia Twice
Infection of lungs: Pneumonia is infection in the lung (s) caused by many types of bacteria or viruses. These infections are acquired from our immediate surroundings - by inhaling tiny droplets that carry these bugs into our lungs where they start to multiply & cause infection. Some viruses are also spread via objects that we handle. Handwashing, avoiding contact with people with colds are best preventive strategies. ...Read more
It depends: Some pathogens such as tuberculosis are dangerous to everyone. Other causes of pneumonia only infect people with very weak immune systems. On a daily basis, various pathogens are inhaled or aspirated many times. However, a healthy immune system (is) provides barriers & cell defense systems which prevent pneumonia. If there is a temporary weakness in ones is then pneumonia may develop. ...Read more
Possible: But not necessarily likely, unless the lungs and the tubes leading to the lungs have been damaged by the prior infection, leaving them more susceptible to repeat attacks. ...Read more
Not necessarily: However, there are medical conditions that can increase your chance of developing pneumonia, so recurrent pneumonia should be evaluated. If the pneumonia always occurs in the same part of the lung, it may be due to an anatomical lesion, which requires further investigation. ...Read more
Sure, if unlucky: There is no law saying one cannot get pneumonia after recovering from pneumonia. Actually, a unlucky, sickly person can get a second case of pneumonia even before recovering from the first case. So, the best things to do are to stay healthy and strong, eat healthy foods, exercise, get vaccinated, avoid sick people; and if quite vulnerable, wear a face mask and wash hands after touching things. ...Read more
Not: Necessarily - unless you have an underlying condition that makes you more susceptible. ...Read more
Sometimes: Pneumonia can range in severity from mild to quite severe. Just depends on your overall health and the type of infection you have. Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Other disease processes like aspiration, COPD, asthma, interstitial pneumonitis have pneumonia like symptoms. ...Read more
Simple things: Most importantly, if you smoke...Stop. Aside from that, simple things like handwashing and trying to avoid sick family members if able are really about all you can do. If you are over 65 or have some chronic diseases like COPD or diabetes, you can get a pneumonia vaccination that won't keep you from getting pneumonia but can make it less severe if you do get it. ...Read more
Aspiration pneumonia: When we are lying down (supine), it's possible to have small amounts of oral secretions (saliva) leak into the back of the throat, towards the lungs. This happens normally, although the body tries to prevent it with a cough reflex. If someone is drunk, intoxicated, or otherwise unable to 'defend' their airway in this manner, pneumonia could result. If you are worried about this, talk to a doctor. ...Read more
I am positive I am going to get sick! Someone please help 10 points freaking out! Pneumonia, what to do?
Previously healthy 35 yr old female. Had pneumonia for first time ever in March. Will I be prone to get it again now that I have had it?
I've heard that once you get pneumonia you continue to get it constantly my brother had it last year and now this year is there something we can do?
Myth: Your statement is false. You can take pnemonia vaccine to prevent further infections. There are two types of pnemonia vaccines available in the market. Ask your doctor about them. Second, get annual flu vaccine. ...Read more
Strep pneumonia: It spreads person to person via respiratory droplets, so someone could be potentially infected if they are near a coughing/sneezing infected individual. They might not necessarily get pneumonia, particularly if they are otherwise healthy, it may just end up as sore throat. ...Read more
UsuallyBenign But...: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present human skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs, non-res dom. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. Sa most commonly commensal bacteria, but reality not c/w marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. Can be bad. ...Read more
Trigger factors come in types:
if you have an immune problem (iga), asthma, allergies or similar lung predisposition you will.
If you smoke/work around fumes/etc. You might.
If you hang around sick people you might.
If your diet & rest patterns are unhealthy you might.
If you work on what you can avoid/get vaccinated & follow a healthy lifestyle you give yourself the best chance of avoiding it. ...Read more
No: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs typically caused by bacteria. It is spread in a way not dissimilar to the flu - through the air - and is especially prevalent in winter months. So, it is unlikely the massuese would have given you pneumonia without having pneumonia him/herself. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: A 9 month old with repeated pneumonia has a large differential diagnosis. She could be suffering from an immune deficiency, asthma, congenital abnormality, reflux to name a few. This child deserves an extensive work-up by someone experienced in pediatric lung disease problems. This could be an allergist or pulmonologist. ...Read more
Should a healthy adult get a pneumonia (PV13) injection followed by a PPSV23 six-12 months later? Is it important?
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