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How Long Is Walking Pneumonia Contagious After Starting Antibiotics
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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.
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. ...Read more
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
7-14 days: Typically.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
See below: The flu is influenza, a viral lower respiratory tract infection. Walking pneumonia is a case of pneumonia (lung infection) in which the affected person is not too sick and is able to walk around rather than stay in bed. Influenza can cause pneumonia and can also be complicated by a bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more
Is walking pneumonia contagious? A family member has mild pneumonia. I am asthmatic and concerned.
Depends: Many are and some are not."Walking pneumonia" is a simple label that designates those that can be treated with oral medication & not require hospital care. Many start with contageous viruses and or inhaled germs from their surroundings. These could spread. Some start as a cold and common airway bacteria that were there already take the opportunity to spread/infect. These are less so. ...Read more
Is 4l an average volume to be extracted via thoracentesis for a 55 year old male w/ CKD and walking pneumonia?
Seems a lot: Do you have evidence of volume overload elsewhere? Such as lower extremity swelling, fluid accumulation in the abdomen. I worry about congestive heart failure. Pleural effusions (fluid outside the lungs in the chest) are commonbut 4 liters seems excessive. Usually walking pneumonia does not have effusions. Bacterial pneumonia is more commonly associated. Make surer the fld was sent for study. ...Read more
I've had a persistent dry cough for the last couple of weeks. Could it be walking pneumonia? What are some alternative methods to taking medication?
Mgt: A virtual appointment may be booked online, and this may help to better determine the cause and treatment. ...Read more
I am a pack a day plus smoker. Just diagnosed yesterday with walking pneumonia. I have outdated nicotine patches. Are they ok to use. I know I need to?
No harm likely: They almost certainly will do no harm - it may be a tiny bit less strong - but DO NOT use more than directions warn about. I hope you can use this time to cut way down or move toward quitting after you recover. It's a good way to find the silver lining. If you miss smoking, try to do your smoking breath pattern w/o a cigarette. That "in, hold, full blow exhale" is VERY good for you to keep doing! ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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