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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.

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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.

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Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

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.

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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.

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Hi I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia on 4/4/13 and I was wondering when can I kiss my boyfriend that its not contagious? I'm on medication.

Contagious cough?: It is usually thought that with respiratory infections you are more contagious early and then less so with time. If you are no antibiotics then you are also less likely to be contagious after 48 hours. Another thing to watch is if you are no longer feverish.

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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.

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Walking pneumonia contagious?

Walking pneumonia contagious?

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.

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Hi I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia on thursday. 4/4/13 I was wondering when it's not contageous no more and when can I kiss my boyfriend again.

Hi I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia on thursday. 4/4/13 I was wondering when it's not contageous no more and when can I kiss my boyfriend again.

24 hours after...: The last fever, or after you have started antibiotics is usually a good time. That said, many respiratory infections can be caused by virus and usually are already spread to the people close to us. But to be safe, wait 24 hours.

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Best Anti biotic for walking pneumonia 68 yr male very healthy usually?

Best Anti biotic for walking pneumonia 68 yr male very healthy usually?

Walking pneumonia: Drs in your area will know best what is going around and what the bug is best treated with. It can vary markedly so ask them. Or you can go to CDC reports for your region on causes of pneumonia in last year or so. And look at their advisories. My own go to source is uptodate. Com which you can look at as well.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can amoxicillin help with walking pneumonia?

Can amoxicillin help with walking pneumonia?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the pneumonia. A penicillin sensitive strain of s. Pneumoniae could be effectively treated with amoxicillin. You list "atypical pneumonia" which is caused by legionella, mycoplasma, chlamydophilia, q fever etc. All of which are resistant to amoxicillin.

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Does amoxicillin help with walking pneumonia?

Does amoxicillin help with walking pneumonia?

Probably not: Walking pneumonia is not an actual clinical term. It generally means someone who has an infection in the lungs that is not severe enough to leave them bedridden during their illness. Many cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses, which do not respond to any antibiotics. Antibiotics for bacterial pneumonias depend on where patient contracted it, age, severity, etc. Amox is not a recommended tx.

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Can there be an easy way to get rid of walking pneumonia?

Maybe: "walking pneumonia" typically refers to pneumonia that results in mild symptoms - hence the ability to "walk" rather than be in bed. These can be caused by bacteria or viruses. If a bacteria is the cause then an antibiotic like Levaquin (levofloxacin) or zithromax may be of help and might reduce length of infection. However, they will do nothing for a virus.

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Can a newborn catch walking pneumonia from his dad?

Can a newborn catch walking pneumonia from his dad?

Pneumonia: Newborn babies are pretty resilient. Plus their mother's transferred immunity protects them well. Whether they can or cannot catch it, if it is contagious, they can and it will depend on who's going to win - the bug or the immune system of the baby.

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Does walking pneumonia look like gray mass on a x-ray?

Pneumonia: Is shown on a chest x-ray as an area of "whiteness" in an area that would otherwise show normal "black" lung aeration. It could appear gray as well (just another appearance on the spectrum of black to white). There are a number of pathologies that may replace the normal "black" appearance of aerated lung (including lung cancer, volume loss, and bleeding in the lung from trauma).

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