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Double Pneumonia Contagious
What is double pneumonia and is it contagious my grandma had it and now i'm having the symptoms chills fever chest pain sore throat also have allergie?
Dbl pneumonia: Double pneumonia means that there is infection in both lungs. It is not per se contagious - acquiring pneumonia of any type is more about the health of the host than the virulence of the infecting organism (with a few exceptions). Your symptoms could be consistent with pneumonia or pleurisy and could follow a viral infection. You should be evaluated in person - you may need blood work and a cxr. ...Read more
Most forms - yes.: There are some bacteria and viruses that specialize in causing pneumonia. These are definitely contagious. For older folks or folks that have immune problems/chronic diseases, these patients can get protection with a 'pneumonia shot'. Then there are 'flu' shots that I'm sure you've heard of. Some types of pneumonia don't spread like 'choking on your vomit' - we call that aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more
Depends: Pneumonia is inflammation of one or both lobes of the lungs. Frequently caused by infection but not always (chemical). Infection may be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungal etc. Sx include chills, fever, productive and or nonproductive sputum, chest pain, SOB. Dx clinically or with chest xray, sometimes labs blood, urine sputum cultures. Medicine depends on cause. Legionella not contagio ...Read more
Depends: Most pathogens that cause pneumonia are not contagious. Some organisms like MRSA can spread to healthy contacts and cause colonization. Some organisms like the virus, influenza can cause pneumonia and are contagious during the illness. Drug sensitive tuberculosis is contagious until several weeks into effective multi-drug therapy. ...Read more
Yes: Most cases on bilateral pneumonia in children are caused by viruses or bacteria. These organisms can spread through droplets coughed out by the infected child into their surroundings & anyone nearby can inhale those droplets & thus acquire the infection if sufficient number of organisms have entered the lungs to start multiplying in the new host & cause infection. ...Read more
Spouse has been sick. Bad for over a week then found out it was pneumonia. Should I be concerned or get checked? How contagious?
Get checked : It would be best to see a doctor and get the proper antibiotics and care. A simple chest X-ray would help direct care in the proper direction. ...Read more