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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Atypical Pneumonia (Definition)

Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. ...Read more


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Walking pneumonia, how long does cough last?

Walking pneumonia, how long does cough last?

Walking pneumonia: This is a poor and virtually meaningless term referring primarily to whether a patient requires hospitalization or can be treated as an outpatient. The duration of cough will depend upon the organism involved. If mycoplasma pneumoniae the cough can be present for many weeks making you wonder if you have cancer. If bacterial it may be very brief, as long as major airways not involved. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of walking pneumonia?

What is the symptoms of walking pneumonia?

Cough: Symptoms of pneumonia are cough that is productive of phelgm, fever and/or chills, weakness and generally feeling ill. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of walking pneumonia I've been sick for about two months. When i cough i can feel the fluid but it doesn't come up. It started off really bad. Now i just have a cough.

What are the symptoms of walking pneumonia I've been sick for about two months. When i cough i can feel the fluid but it doesn't come up. It started off really bad. Now i just have a cough.

Walking pneumonia.: Rather than hitting you like a ton of bricks like a typical pneumonia, walking (atypical) pneumonia can present with more subtle symptoms that may linger for even weeks before you think they may be deserving of medical attention. May present with a little cough, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, fever. ...Read more

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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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What are common symptoms of walking pneumonia?

What are common symptoms of walking pneumonia?

Cough and fever: Walking pneumonia is basically a pneumonia that is not so severe that it requires hospitalization for most people. A common cause of walking pneumonia is mycoplasma; a bacteria that responds well to antibiotics in the Erythromycin family. Common symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. See your doctor if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pneumonia or walking pneumonia. ?

What are the symptoms of pneumonia or walking pneumonia. ?

Walking pneumonia.: Rather than hitting you like a ton of bricks like a typical pneumonia, walking (atypical) pneumonia can present with more subtle symptoms that may linger for even weeks before you think they may be deserving of medical attention. May present with a little cough, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, fever. Regular pneumonia would have same symptoms, but stronger and more dramatic. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

Walking pneumonia: This is not a good medical term and is used to describe patients with pulmonary parenchymal infections that do not require hospitalization. It can be caused by many different microorganisms and more often than not, these are not transmissible from person to person unless in very close contact. An example would be atypical pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae, often person to person in school. ...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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How long does a person need to consider themselves contagious after having walking pneumonia?

How long does a person need to consider themselves contagious after having walking pneumonia?

Pneumonia: For bacterial pneumonia, you are no longer contagious after taking an antibiotic for 24 hours. Viral pneumonias are contagious until cough disappears. Chemical and aspiration pneumonias are not contagious. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has walking pneumonia and just started his abx. How long will he be contagious since i'm seeing him after 4 days? Help!

My boyfriend has walking pneumonia and just started his abx. How long will he be contagious since i'm seeing him after 4 days? Help!

Always with caution: Walking pneumonia was used as a term, i believe , for mycoplasma infection. The idea of treatment is usually 5 days they're ok or 48 hours of antibiotics with no more fever. People don't always respond the same. People of good immune system have protection but we all get infections one way or another. Always use caution, in dealing with infections, good hygiene or even a mask if not sure. ...Read more

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How long should you be on cipro (ciprofloxacin) for walking pneumonia?

Varies: In general, a 7-10 day course should be sufficient for a bacterial pneumonia. This can vary and may be longer depending on the severity of the disease. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is someone with walking pneumonia contagious for?

Docs, usually how long is someone with walking pneumonia contagious for?

10 days: Most patients with mycoplasma pneumonia (also called walking pneumonia) are contagious for up to 10 days after onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of the cough from getting over walking Pneumonia?

How long does it take to get rid of the cough from getting over walking Pneumonia?

Month: Usually it takes 2 weeks to get rid of major cough, but 1-2 weeks takes to get rid of leftovers: morning cough , occasional fatigue. Exercise and fresh air helpful. ...Read more

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Nose has awful sticky&dried mucus all night/day & have very bad phlegm at all times. Had walking pneumonia 7yrs ago and these symptoms have never left?

Nose has awful sticky&dried mucus all night/day & have very bad phlegm at all times. Had walking pneumonia 7yrs ago and these symptoms have never left?

Nose mucus: There is a good chance you have a chronic subacute sinus infection. There are saline solutions that can be used to rinse out the nasal passages through the nose and out the mouth. Takes practice, and will clean out the nares so the sinuses can drain. Mucinex (guaifenesin) OTC taken with extra water orally all day. Seeing you Dr is also important, my need an antibiotic. Use a cool mist humidifier at night. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia for 2 weeks now. Had levaquin (levofloxacin) for 10 days. 5th day after the last dose . Still wheezing and green mucus is now yellow. Normal?

Walking pneumonia for 2 weeks now. Had levaquin (levofloxacin) for 10 days. 5th day  after the last dose . Still wheezing and green mucus is now yellow. Normal?

Need more info: Without knowing what is causing your 'pneumonia' or how it was diagnosed cannot speculate on what your response has been. If this was mycoplasma or chlamydia or legionella you should be getting progressively better, but it may take a while to clear entirely. If you are not completely better soon or develop fever, shortness of breath or other symptoms, go back and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Do I have walking pneumonia been sick for about two months its started off with the flu symptoms.Then it went away but is still had a cough. But then my mom got sick, and we thought i gave her what i had. However she went to the doctor because she got rea

Do I have walking pneumonia been sick for about two months
its started off with the flu symptoms.Then it went away but is still had a cough. But then my mom got sick, and we thought i gave her what i had. However she went to the doctor because she got rea

Without : Without examining you and possibly getting an x-ray, it's difficult to tell what is going on. However, any cough that worsens, is associated with fever or lasts more than 2-3 weeks should be evaluated by a doctor. Most coughs associated with an upper respiratory infection go away within 1-2 weeks. There are many problems that could be going on - common things being walking pneumonia, bronchitis, allergies or gastroesophageal reflux but less common and more serious causes could be pneumonia, tuberculosis or congestive heart failure. Evaluating your other pertinent symptoms and listening to your lungs can help deliniate the cause of your cough and hopefully get you the treatment you need to feel better. Give your doctor a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've been to the doctor six times in the last month. I've been diagnosed with strep, bronchitus, sinus inf., thrush, rad, chronic cough and walking pneumonia. I still have a violent cough though.

I've been to the doctor six times in the last month.  I've been diagnosed with strep, bronchitus, sinus inf., thrush, rad, chronic cough and walking pneumonia. I still have a violent cough though.

Need follow up: With all these conditions you need to follow up with your doctor or consult an infectious disease specialist. It is very difficult to recommend any thing else.We do not know what if any antibiotics you have been treated and if you have ang blood test, thrush infection makes me think you might have underlying immunity problem. Do you have any other co existing condition.Consult an id doctor. ...Read more

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What is walking pneumonia?

Walking pneumonia: Generally a term which suggests that the patient can be treated as an outpatient rather than having to be hospitalized. It is a poor term to use because it neither defines the cause of the infection, the mechanism by which it occurred, or the type of therapy necessary. ...Read more

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Can you exercise with walking pneumonia?

Can you exercise with walking pneumonia?

Depends: Walking pneumonia is a loose label that can be applied to any pneumonia that you don't need IV antibiotics to treat.It can be mild and not effect your daily activities or keep your strength down to the point you don't want to get out of bed. If you feel well enough to exercise it is probably fine to do so. If you are running fever, I would watch it because your system is already not compensating ...Read more

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How do I know if I have walking pneumonia ?

See a doctor: Walking pneumonia presents in a different manner and has a different causative organism than typical pneumonia. Patients still usually feel short of breath, but the fever, general poor feeling, and other symptoms are more gradual in onset and can last longer. The only real way to be certain and get adequate treatment is to see a physician in order to check bloodwork as well as a chest xray. ...Read more

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Could my son really have "walking pneumonia"?

Could my son really have "walking pneumonia"?

Yes: This is more a descriptive term than a real diagnosis. Any kid who is taking fluids well enough to be treated for pneumonia by mouth, rather than hospitalized for an IV is often labeled walking pneumonia. ...Read more

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When can u exercise while having walking pneumonia?

When can u exercise while having walking pneumonia?

That depends: On your overall medical condition, and the effectiveness of treatment. Keep in mind that pneumonia is a large organ system infection and as such places a large demand on our metabolism that reduces exercise tolerance for a while. If you tire quickly then wait before exercising. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Is there a difference between pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Implication: The core definition is the same. It is an infection of the lung. Some practitioners add the extra word to imply you can treat it at home. ...Read more

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Which is the distinction between pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Which is the distinction between pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Clinical appearance: Bacterial pneumonia could be life threatening especially in elderly population, but majority of the time, infection is below the vocal cord and in the interstitiium, causing fever and cough and crackles in examination but not severe enough to be treated by IV antibiotics, therefore, could be treated with PO medications and patients could take it as out patient, hence walking.
Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how pneumonia and walking pneumonia differ?

Severity: The most common symptoms of pneumonia are cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, fever, chills, and chest pain on inspiration. Walking pneumonia is a lay term for someone who has pneumonia but isn't that sick and is able to walk around rather than being confined to bed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between regular pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

What is the difference between regular pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Less severe: "walking pneumonia" just refers to a pneumonia in which patients have relatively milder symptoms. ...Read more

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Besides medications anything also i can do from home to treat my pneumonia?And what's the difference between walking pneumonia and just pneumonia?

Besides medications anything also i can do from home to treat my pneumonia?And what's the difference between  walking pneumonia and just pneumonia?

Workup: I noted on your history that you have enlarged lymph nodes and arthritis. I would suggest some screening studies for autoimmune disease and a CBC with differential white cell count. Checking your temperature and keeping well hydrated are advised.
I would suggest letting your physician know about persistent or worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i be a carrier of walking pneumonia and not be very sick? My girlfriend just got diagnosed with possible wapn. She's been sick and i with the crud

Can i be a carrier of walking pneumonia and not be very sick? My girlfriend just got diagnosed with possible wapn. She's been sick and i with the crud

Maybe: Bacterial pneumonia is not transmitted person to person, so one is not a carrier. Bacterial pneumonia occurs when bacteria living in the mouth and nose are aspirated or inhaled into the lung and set up infection. Viral pneumonia like that caused by the flu can be transmitted person to person, so for a time while infected with virus you can pass it on and be a "carrier". ...Read more

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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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