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Disease Process Of Pneumonia
There are: numerous potential complications involving multiple organ systems, as well as possible secondary infections with other pathogens, that can occur. ...Read more
Antibiotics: While some cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses and other pathogens, those caused by bacterial organisms respond well to antibiotics. Once the number of organisms in the lung is reduced, recovery ensues with reduction in inflammation, accompanied by improvement in clinical symptoms. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Pneumonia cause by the germ legionella. It is not all that different from any other pneumonia, although it can be very severe and can be associated with GI symptoms, and at times neurologic symptoms more often than other pneumonias. It is treated with antibiotics and support much like other pneumonias. ...Read more
All of them: Elderly get all the same diseases as the young ones.. Sometimes immunity wanes and vaccines get forgotten so they are prone to many of the same illnesses as unvaccinated children. Most contagious disease though is mild and viral ( not amounting to a pneumonia) and there is no vaccine for that. ...Read more
If you have been vaccinated for pneumonia is it ok to help someone with the disease as long as you are not in close contact?
Close Encounters: Well, it's not like you've been vaccinated against every lung infection on earth, but if you take what are called "the proper precautions" you should be fine. Those precautions means your friend doesn't cough in your face, and only into a Kleenex and hat you air-out the room daily. It also depends on how sick he is and how much time you'll be with him. Overall, though, don't worry too much. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They are different: A pneumonia is caused by an organism causing destruction of the lung tissue. Interstitial lung disease is inflammation of the lung and usually starts in the "interstitium" but later can involve other parts of the lung. But, one is felt to be an infection, while the other is more"immune" caused. The picture is of a pneumonia in the left of the picture(all the white area compared to the dark). ...Read more
Pneumonia.: First, be sure to follow your doctor's recommendations to treat the pneumonia you have now. Do not stop the antibiotics early. After you are completely cured, you could talk with your doctor about whether or not The vaccine against Strep pneumoniae (Pneumovax) is a good idea in your situation. Also not smoking is a great idea. Good luck. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Interstitial lung diseases are typically progressive processes that are not commonly associated with infection. They may ultimately be associated with fibrosis. That being said there are pneumonias that present with an, "interstitial pattern, " on chest x-ray. They are known as interstitial pneumonias. Interstitial pneumonia will not progress to diffuse fibrosis and are not considered ilds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tissues involved: Interstitium is that area of the lung in between the blood vessels and the alveoli, more the connective tissue area. Pneumonia is an inflammation causing involvement of all tissues like the interstitial, the blood vessels and even the alveoli hence the whiteness seen or the infiltrate is dense and involves the whole area. ...Read more
Why are long-term trached and vented patients with a neuromuscular disease who are otherwise healthy more prone to acquiring pneumonia? Thank you:)
Several reasons: There are a couple of reasons. First the trach itself is a foreign body and gets colonized with bacteria, ( that is bacteria grow on and around it) some of these bacteria can make their way into the lung. People with nmd may have a worse cough and are less mobile than others this makes clearing secretions from the lungs more difficult, as the secretions may contain bacteria, infection results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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