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Doctor insights on: Flu Compared To Pneumonia

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

A condition in which the lungs become inflamed, most ...Read more


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Can having swine flu lead to a lung infection?

Can having swine flu lead to a lung infection?

Yes: Influenza is primarily a respiratory tract infection. It can kil either from it's direct effects or leading to a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough?

How can you distinguish between bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough?

Whooping cough: has a distinct cough. Bronchitis and pneumonia may be difficult to tell apart but many times bronchitis on an X-ray will not show whereas pneumonia should. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are adults more likely to get pneumonia from chicken pox (varicella pneumonia) than children are?

I'm wondering why are adults more likely to get pneumonia from chicken pox (varicella pneumonia) than children are?

Because.: Many illnesses that are mild when they occur in childhood are more more severe when contracted as an adult. It may be that the immune response is over-reactive in the adult organism & that this hyper-response is at least partially responsible for the severity of symptoms in adults. Mononucleosus is typically worse when occurring in adults and adolescent. In younger children its just like a cold. ...Read more

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How are flu and pneumonia different?

How are flu and pneumonia different?

Symptoms: Pneumonia can be bacterial or viral but flu by definition is viral. With flu you will have muscle aches, pain, perhaps fever and chills. You will need antiviral if you test positive and usually antibiotic empirically. You will not see inflitrate on x-ray. With pneumonia, you will see infiltrate on xray. You may have fever, cough, but not always chills or muscle aches. You may need IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

They are all type A: Flu viruses, whether designated as swine or avian depends on where the virus primarily originated. All type a influenza viruses can interchange parts of their RNA with other type a flus. ...Read more

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Will the pneumonia vaccine help for those with asthma or COPD if they also get swine flu?

Will the pneumonia vaccine help for those with asthma or COPD if they also get swine flu?

No: The pneumonia vaccine helps prevent infection due to a bacteria called pneumococcus. Swine flu is caused by a particular strain of the influenza virus which is a different causative organism. Hence the pneumonia vaccine will not protect against swine flu. It is important for anyone with asthma or COPD to remain protected against both pneumococcus and influenza as they can cause significant illness. ...Read more

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Why is swine flu more deadly than the bird flu?

Not necessarily true: Any influenza can be mild or fatal. The severity of an epidemic is determined by the efficiency of transmission and the prevalence of immunity in the population which is infected. For any one individual, there is very little difference in the severity of swine and avian influenza. For a community, the above described factors as well as many others can contribute to the severity of an outbreak. ...Read more

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In comparison to sars and bird flu, how bad is swine flu?

In comparison to sars and bird flu, how bad is swine flu?

Less severe: As of now swine flu is difficult to transmit to humans, therefore is less of a direct health threat, at present unless one has prolonged exposure to pigs. The virus has some biological similarities to a flu virus that caused a very deadly flu pandemic in 1918 which killed 50 million people. The fear is a mutation in the swine flu virus could enable it to more easily infect humans, as in 1918. ...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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Is bird flu more harmful to people with copd?

Is bird flu more harmful to people with copd?

Yes: Any type of respiratory infection is potentially harmful to patients with chronic respiratory disorders such as copd. ...Read more

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How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

75-90% BUT..: They prevent anywhere from 75-90% of the infections. But the length of time that the protection remains varies in each individual from 2-3 years to 10 years.Get your boosters! ...Read more

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Are elderly more likely to get sicker from bird flu?

Are elderly more likely to get sicker from bird flu?

Yes: The elderly are especially likley to have complications of influenza. Other chronic illnesses may be present and recoverey longer. ...Read more

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FLU SHOTS: is the nasal mist spray with a live virus more effective than a tradition flu shot with a dead virus? Can the live virus make you sick?

FLU SHOTS:  is the nasal mist spray with a live virus more effective than a tradition flu shot with a dead virus?  Can the live virus make you sick?

Equal efficacy: In your age group they have equal efficacy. Immunocompromised people should not get the live viral vaccine i.e. the intranasal one. You cannot get the "flu" from either one. You will be best served by getting the injectable quadrivalent vaccine ...Read more

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Are bronchial pneumonia and bronchitis with pneumonia the same?

Are bronchial pneumonia and bronchitis with pneumonia the same?

No: Pneumonia denotes infection in the lung parenchyma (lung tissue). Bronchits denotes infllamation in the bronchilal airway. Pneumonia is a more serious condition. Bronchitis is usally viral, may last 2 week, cough is common. However, our job is to rule out other causes of cough and determine the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

Unlikely: The adult tdap or used as a pertussis booster is one a vaccine with one of the lowest incidence of reactions.Most have pain at the injection site and muscle soreness lasting a few days. However, anyone can develop a personal allergic reaction to some component of any vaccine.Discuss this with your pcp. Some folks can't handle the tetanus toxoid that is part of the vaccine. ...Read more