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When did pneumonia first start affecting humans?

When did pneumonia first start affecting humans?

Since the: First humans. Infectious diseases have always affected humans and all animals. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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What is Legionnaires’ disease? Describe this strain of bacterial pneumonia and its possible origins in human infection.

What is Legionnaires’ disease? Describe this strain of bacterial pneumonia and its possible origins in human infection.

Legionnaire'sDisease: Is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria, usually contracted through contaminated ventilation systems. It can be quite deadly if not recognized and treated. For more info:

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/legionnaires-disease/basics/definition/CON-20028867

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Can you explain how pneumonia spreads and attacks the body?

Can you explain how pneumonia spreads and attacks the body?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is a infection of lungs. It can be bacteria, viral or fungal. Fungal is rare and happens mainly in immunocompromised people. Bacterial is common and spreads through droplet infection (cough, sneezing,). Bacterial can be community acquired or hospital acquired (durning hospital admissions). Treatment depends on the cause and likely bugs causing it.
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In what way does bacterial pneumonia spread?

In what way does bacterial pneumonia spread?

It does not: Bacterial pneumonia is caused by inhalation of organisms that we are colonized with into the airway. So it is not spread person to person per se. From living our daily lives we pick up germs that live in our mouth and nose, sometimes these germs can get into the lung from aspirating tiny secretions. This is more likely when we are weakened in some way, for example a person is weak with poor cough. ...Read more

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Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?

Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?

Very bad: The cancer does not have to try to spread, it already has. Discuss this with the person's doctor and get an estimate of how long they are expected to survive and whether it is time to call in hospice. You also need to ask what further therapy is likely to make a meaningful difference in survival and whether that survival is functional or just further misery. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can it take for pneumonia to spread from just one lobe of one lung to all of both lungs and get into the blood stream?

How long can it take for pneumonia to spread from just one lobe of one lung to all of both lungs and get into the blood stream?

Depends: If you are very young or elderly it can be very serious. If you have a strong immune system you may fight it longer. A lot depends on what organism is causing the pneumonia. Some are more aggressive than others. For some it may be a matter of hours and some it may be days. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 22 and have congestive heart failure, the hospital thought it might be from walking pneumonia that spread to my heart, is that possible?

Hi I'm 22 and have congestive heart failure, the hospital thought it might be from walking pneumonia that spread to my heart, is that possible?

Viral disease: Many pneumonias are due to a viral lower respiratory tract infection. Most, if not all, of the viruses that cause lower respiratory tract infections can also cause myocarditis. One of the outcomes of viral myocarditis is the development of a cardiomyopathy and heart failure. In some cases, the heart recovers over the first few months. Heart failure therapy may enhance recovery. ...Read more

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Although I have advanced Spine cancer spread to Menengis but not spread any where else. I’ve had Pneumonia vaccinations. I have family history of shingles. Can I have Shingles vaccine and Flu injection while having radiopherapy Due to infection risks?

Although I have advanced Spine cancer spread to Menengis but not spread any where else. I’ve had Pneumonia vaccinations. I have family history of shingles. Can I have Shingles vaccine and Flu injection while having radiopherapy Due to infection risks?

Sounds ok: One can ask her doctor about a new shingles vaccine (Shingrix) which is not a live vaccine, so cannot cause a viral infection. Also, the High-Dose flu vaccine for seniors can give better protection than can the regular-dose flu vaccine. The High-Dose injection is not a live vaccine, and thus cannot cause a viral infection. In advanced cancer, be sure to look at Quality of life, not length of life. ...Read more

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What can cause pneumomia to rapidly spread in body?

What can cause pneumomia to rapidly spread in body?

There are: Multiple potential causes of pneumonia, it is not a single disease. In general, though, a compromised immune system or other comorbid factors, and/or infection with a particularly virulent pathogen, may predispose to systemic spread. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pneumomia to rapidly spread in body?

What are the causes of pneumomia to rapidly spread in body?

Depends on the cause: Spread of pneumonia causing organisms (be it a bacteria or virus) depends on the type of bug & immune status of the infected person. Severe infection with an invasive organism in a normal person or if it occurs in a person whose immune system is weak (due to medications, cancer, transplant, hiv, primary immune disorders etc.) then there is a higher chance of spread to bloodstream, causing sepsis. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia

What is pneumonia

Lung infection: An infection of lung tissue air sacs (alveoli) is a pneumonia. An infection confined to just the larger air tubes would be called bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue, usually caused by bacteria, but could be viral or parasitic. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungus. It can be diagnosed by a physician by chest x-ray in most cases.

Most cases (if caught early enough) can be easily treated as an outpatient. It becomes more problematic in the elderly, and more medically frail patients so get evaluated by your doctor if you believe you have it! ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Lung infection / rxn: Any reaction in the lung that causes typical symptoms (fever, cough with phlegm, etc.) along with a visible abnormality on X-ray is considered pneumonia. Most often, it is a (bacterial) infection; however, pneumonia can be caused by a hypersensitivity (immune) reaction, viruses, exposure to harmful chemicals or inorganic material like coal dust, asbestos, & the like, radiation, & multiple others. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia?

Do I have pneumonia?

How could we tell?: This is the public information HT site. You get the most from the site when you provide background information on a problem and ask a specific question based on that information. Without symptoms and other description of your problem, we have no basis for any conclusions. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are never linked & go to the site at random. ...Read more

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How to cure pneumonia?

How to cure pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus.
Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics. The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. The patient will need to see a doctor for exam, investigation and treatment. ...Read more

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What is pre-pneumonia?

No such medical cond: Your doctor maay be trying to simplify for you to understand that you might develop pneumonia, which can happen if you have bronchitis following sore throat and upper respiratory virus infections which are very common. Sometimes a pneumonia will follow after such infections. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia be cured?

Can pneumonia be cured?

Pneumonia: Antibiotics will fix bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonia fixes itself. Fungal will need anti fungal treatment ...Read more

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How is pneumonia treated?

How is pneumonia treated?

Tx PNA.: Pneumonia is typically a bacterial infection, so antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause pneumonia?

What can cause pneumonia?

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

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What can cause pneumonia?

Almost anything: There are non-infectious causes and infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and so on. ...Read more

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How do you treat pneumonia?

Antibiotics depends: It vis treated with antibiotics and the choice of antibiotics depends on whether it is nursing home aquired pneumonia, community aquired pneumonia, hospital aquired pneumonia and if it is in pediatric age group or young patients, diabetics or geriatric age group. ...Read more

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Can you die from pneumonia?

Sometimes: Sometimes pneumonia is a simple viral process that self heals. It can also be an aggressive bacteria that invades the body starting with the lungs and can kill within days if not discovered and treated. Jim Henson, the puppet master that created the MUPPETS did not get treated for his pneumonia until it was too late, and died because of it. ...Read more

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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray. ...Read more

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How dangerous is pneumonia?

How dangerous is pneumonia?

PNA treatable.: In a young person, like yourself it's usually treatable without much danger. In an older person with significant medical issue, however, could be fatal. Pneumonia needs to be taken seriously and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What is lingular pneumonia?

What is lingular pneumonia?

Lefti sided: Pneumonia in the lingular lobe which is present on the left lung, mostly bacterial since it's lobar. ...Read more