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Does Cytomegalovirus Cause Pneumonia
CMV= cytomegalovirus, a virus in the herpesvirus family that can infect anyone. CMV is spread by direct contact of body fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. CMV infection can have a wide range of symptoms from no symptoms to symptoms of fever and fatigue (resembling infectious mononucleosis) to severe symptoms involving brain, ...Read more
Chemicals: Infections cause the release of chemicals ( interleukins) from white cells. These chemicals are extremely potent and mediate a variety of host responses to infection including raising your temperature. Your body seems to fight a bit better at warmer temps and some bacteria don't do as well. ...Read more
Inflammatory respons: Several people died of respiratory failure related to swine flu. Interestingly many of these patients were otherwise healthy patients. On bronchoscopy we found that these patient developed densely packed inflammatory cells in their alveoli. It is believed that the patients that did the worst, had the healthiest immune systems and the respiratory failure was actually the patients own immune system. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not exactly: Croup describes a clinical syndrome that involves infection ( usually viral) of the upper airway and maybe the air tubes ( bronchitis) so it can not "cause pneumonia" however some of the viruses that can cause croup like symptoms can also infect the lower resp tract and cause pneumonia or infection of the air spaces in the lungs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on form: The worst form, inhalation anthrax is flu like early with low grade fever, fatigue, non-productive cough, muscle aches, etc.One to 5 days later there may be abrupt onset of high fever, severe breathing difficulty and shock. Death may ensue within 24-36 hrs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immune deficiency: TB can present as rare pneumonia. High fever and productive cough. It occurs most often in extremely young children and the elderly, patients with immunosuppression, such as HIV-infected,AIDS patients.Usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.TB is spread through the air from one person to another. usually with coughing by person with TB. Most infected people have immune system to prevent pna ...Read more
Yes: Dr hadied's answer is comprehensive. But to add, immunize your infant with the rotavirus vaccine, which has according to recent study, reduced the number or er visits due to rotavirus infection from 400, 000 per year to 100, 000 per year, a 75% reduction. And no serious com plications. This will only get better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of things: Lots of things can cause pneumonia, which is an infection of the lung. Bacteria, viruses & fungi can all cause pneumonia. However, so can aspiration which occurs when choking on something, typically stomach contents. Appropriate vaccines are very useful in decreasing certain, but not all, pneumonias. ...Read more
RSV: In most infants, RSV manifests as a non-specific viral uri. A proportion of infants progress to lower respiratory disease caused by inflammatory shedding of damaged cells into the lumen of the rspiratory tact and edema resulting in creased resistance to airflow. The pt will have cough , wheezing, and increased work of breathing . Some pts need oxygen, IV fluids and deep suctioniing. ...Read more
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