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What is walking pneumonia?

What is walking pneumonia?

Walking pneumonia: Generally a term which suggests that the patient can be treated as an outpatient rather than having to be hospitalized. It is a poor term to use because it neither defines the cause of the infection, the mechanism by which it occurred, or the type of therapy necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Atypical Pneumonia (Definition)

Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. ...Read more


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Common symptoms of walking pneumonia?

Common symptoms of walking pneumonia?

Cough, fatigue: Cough is the main symptom, and fatigue and aches can also be there. Fever, chest pain, shortness of breath and sputum (mucus) production are not so prominent. ...Read more

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Can you exercise with walking pneumonia?

Can you exercise with walking pneumonia?

Depends: Walking pneumonia is a loose label that can be applied to any pneumonia that you don't need IV antibiotics to treat.It can be mild and not effect your daily activities or keep your strength down to the point you don't want to get out of bed. If you feel well enough to exercise it is probably fine to do so. If you are running fever, I would watch it because your system is already not compensating ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of walking pneumonia?

What is the symptoms of walking pneumonia?

Mild pneumonia: Symptoms of walking pneumonia can include cough, chest pain, sometimes shortness of breath, low grade fever, symptoms days to weeks, not severele ill. Usually mild illness without hospitalization caused by organism called mycoplasma. May take weeks to completely heal. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have walking pneumonia ?

See a doctor: Walking pneumonia presents in a different manner and has a different causative organism than typical pneumonia. Patients still usually feel short of breath, but the fever, general poor feeling, and other symptoms are more gradual in onset and can last longer. The only real way to be certain and get adequate treatment is to see a physician in order to check bloodwork as well as a chest xray. ...Read more

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Could my son really have "walking pneumonia"?

Could my son really have "walking pneumonia"?

Yes: This is more a descriptive term than a real diagnosis. Any kid who is taking fluids well enough to be treated for pneumonia by mouth, rather than hospitalized for an IV is often labeled walking pneumonia. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of walking pneumonia?

What are common symptoms of walking pneumonia?

Cough and fever: Walking pneumonia is basically a pneumonia that is not so severe that it requires hospitalization for most people. A common cause of walking pneumonia is mycoplasma; a bacteria that responds well to antibiotics in the Erythromycin family. Common symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. See your doctor if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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When can u exercise while having walking pneumonia?

When can u exercise while having walking pneumonia?

That depends: On your overall medical condition, and the effectiveness of treatment. Keep in mind that pneumonia is a large organ system infection and as such places a large demand on our metabolism that reduces exercise tolerance for a while. If you tire quickly then wait before exercising. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pneumonia or walking pneumonia. ?

What are the symptoms of pneumonia or walking pneumonia. ?

Walking pneumonia.: Rather than hitting you like a ton of bricks like a typical pneumonia, walking (atypical) pneumonia can present with more subtle symptoms that may linger for even weeks before you think they may be deserving of medical attention. May present with a little cough, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, fever. Regular pneumonia would have same symptoms, but stronger and more dramatic. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Is there a difference between pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Implication: The core definition is the same. It is an infection of the lung. Some practitioners add the extra word to imply you can treat it at home. ...Read more

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Which is the distinction between pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Which is the distinction between pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Clinical appearance: Bacterial pneumonia could be life threatening especially in elderly population, but majority of the time, infection is below the vocal cord and in the interstitiium, causing fever and cough and crackles in examination but not severe enough to be treated by IV antibiotics, therefore, could be treated with PO medications and patients could take it as out patient, hence walking. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how pneumonia and walking pneumonia differ?

Severity: The most common symptoms of pneumonia are cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, fever, chills, and chest pain on inspiration. Walking pneumonia is a lay term for someone who has pneumonia but isn't that sick and is able to walk around rather than being confined to bed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between regular pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

What is the difference between regular pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Less severe: "walking pneumonia" just refers to a pneumonia in which patients have relatively milder symptoms. ...Read more

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Besides medications anything also i can do from home to treat my pneumonia?And what's the difference between walking pneumonia and just pneumonia?

Besides medications anything also i can do from home to treat my pneumonia?And what's the difference between  walking pneumonia and just pneumonia?

Workup: I noted on your history that you have enlarged lymph nodes and arthritis. I would suggest some screening studies for autoimmune disease and a CBC with differential white cell count. Checking your temperature and keeping well hydrated are advised. I would suggest letting your physician know about persistent or worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia contagious?

Walking pneumonia contagious?

See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around. There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

Walking pneumonia: This is not a good medical term and is used to describe patients with pulmonary parenchymal infections that do not require hospitalization. It can be caused by many different microorganisms and more often than not, these are not transmissible from person to person unless in very close contact. An example would be atypical pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae, often person to person in school. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia, how long does cough last?

Walking pneumonia: This is a poor and virtually meaningless term referring primarily to whether a patient requires hospitalization or can be treated as an outpatient. The duration of cough will depend upon the organism involved. If mycoplasma pneumoniae the cough can be present for many weeks making you wonder if you have cancer. If bacterial it may be very brief, as long as major airways not involved. ...Read more

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What does walking pneumonia look like on x-ray?

Mycoplasma infection: Walking pneumonia is the commonly used name for infection caused by the organism mycoplasma pneumoniae. It can have a varied presentation on chest xray, ranging from diffuse reticulonodular pattern to lobar consolidation. There can be some fluid collection around the lungs as well. Ct scans can show ground glass patterns or even nodular densities at times. Xray findings are non-specific in most. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more