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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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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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Can walking pneumonia contagious before symptoms and present?

Can walking pneumonia contagious before symptoms and present?

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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What are sepsis and pneumonia symptoms?

What are sepsis and pneumonia symptoms?

Symptoms....: Sepsis usually results in fever, body aches, malaise, headache, etc. which are very general symptoms. Pneumonia usually results in cough with discolored sputum, chest pain that increases with deep breath, shortness of breath, fever/chills, malaise, etc. Pneumonia can also cause sepsis if the bacteria in the lungs gets into the blood. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia severe?

Are the symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia severe?

Yes: This is a very severe lung disease and is very debilitating and many times ultimately fatal. ...Read more

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I have bacterial pneumonia, are the symptoms similar to viral pneumonia?

I have bacterial pneumonia, are the symptoms similar to viral pneumonia?

Yes, usually: Bacterial pneumonia varies by the type of bacteria as does viral pneumonia. In general, however, both present with a fever, shortness of breath, and a cough. ...Read more

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Why exactly does pneumonia cause dementia like symptoms in geriatric patients?

Why exactly does pneumonia cause dementia like symptoms in geriatric patients?

Fever, hypoxia: As we age, we have less "cognitive reserve". That is, environmental or mental stressors, sleep deprivation, illness, alcohol, etc impair cognition more than these factors do in young adulthood. Febrile illnesses, eg, pneumonia or bladder infection, are both common and cognitively impairing. Also, pneumonia may temporarily decrease oxygen intake (hypoxia), which also hurts cognitive function. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia cause acute pulmonary edema?

Can pneumonia cause acute pulmonary edema?

Pulmonry edema: ...Ist just fluid in your lungs. Usually it refers to fluid from congestion from the heart, but pneumoonia can cause fluid to exude into the infected lung, and thus indirectly cause pulmonary edema. I guess the answer is yes, with an asterisk. ...Read more

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Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

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

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Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

Yes: It is more dangerous in that more severe illness and even death is statistically more common in the very young or the elderly. In both age groups pneumonia is still usually readily treatable with appropriate antibiotics and support. The highest risk of serious illness occurs not just with age, but with the existence of some other underlying disease. (cancer, heart disease, hiv, etc.). ...Read more

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Are upper respiratory infections contagious to elders?

Are upper respiratory infections contagious to elders?

The term "upper....: ...Respiratory infection" is the medical name for the common cold. Can elders catch colds? Yes. ...Read more

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Are bloody sputums the symptoms of lung disease or bronchitis?

Are bloody sputums the symptoms of lung disease or bronchitis?

Both...: The most common cause of coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, there are many other conditions that can cause hemoptysis including malignancy. Therefore, hemoptysis is a symptom that always requires an evaluation by your doctor so that the correct treatment can be rendered once the diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Nonbacterial pneumonia dangerous?

Nonbacterial pneumonia dangerous?

Many causes: Non-bacterial pneumonia is a broad term that could mean lung infection caused by viruses, fungi, TB or chemical/toxic exposures. Prognosis depends upon the cause, extent of lung involvement & immune status of the infected person. ...Read more

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Can croup cause pneumonia?

Can croup cause pneumonia?

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 more

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Elderly person with chills vomiting nausea with family history of heart problems. This person has pneumonia at the moment. High heart rate fever?

Elderly person with chills vomiting nausea with family history of heart problems. This person has pneumonia at the moment. High heart rate fever?

Need to see doctor: If you do not have access to a private doctor, you should take the person to a hospital emergency room. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read more

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Are e.Coli infections severe in the elderly?

Are e.Coli infections severe in the elderly?

Can be: The elderly, due to diminished immune function, can react more severely to all infections, including e. Coli infections. This is also true with colds, flu's, influenza, etc. When the elderly (or very young) get sick, be more diligent in getting them to the doctor. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Depends on type: "walking pneumonia" basically means you are not sick enough to be on bed rest in a hospital getting intravenous meds. Some pneumonias have suggestive patterns on an x-ray that suggest the probable germ, many do not.Some are viral & some bacterial.Some can pass to others easily & others seldom do. Discussion with the source of the diagnosis is the best way to find out how easily it spreads. ...Read more

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Splenomegaly with patient bacterial meningitis?

Splenomegaly with patient bacterial meningitis?

Certain splenic: Issues can put patients at risk for infections with encapsulated organisms including neisseria meningidities. Do you know anything else about the spleen problem? ...Read more