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Does Measles Cause Pneumonia
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
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
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
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
Serious enough : It depends on how severe. It can reach from a severe infection that causes severe lung injury, systemic infection with organ failure and a real risk of death, to a milder infection that one treats as an outpatient. It is always something however that requires medical attention and treatment ( antibiotics, supportive care). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
At least 2 available: The pneumoccal vaccines contain material designed to help an individual develop protective antibodies against a variety of pneumoccal strains. There are at least 2 vaccines in common use in the US. Once given, it takes weeks for the immune system to respond with new antibodies. It is not used to treat any active disease, it is used to prevent them. ...Read more
Droplet / debris: Rsv can pass thru inhalation of droplets of infected material from a case, or exposure to infected material on hands or surfaces. It can live for 1/2 hr on hands & hours on surfaces. Touching your face or eyes with tainted hands can expose you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whooping cough: Whooping cough, formally called pertussis, is a respiratory disease that in its classic form in small children can produce paroxysms of cough strong enough to fracture a rib and long enough to cause lack of oxygen in the body. It is especially harmful in infants less than 12 months old who are not yet immunized. Because of waning immunity from vaccine, boosters are now recommended in adults. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meningitis/Disabilit: Yes it can cause several complications if treated late or not treated properly all paptients with viral menengitis and 70to80% of patients with bacterial meningitis will recover completely. The serious disabling complications are brain damage deafness epilepsy change in eye sight. ...Read more
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
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
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