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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

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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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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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. ...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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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

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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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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 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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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Have Walking Pneumonia when I coup h I feel light-headed?

Have Walking Pneumonia when I coup h I feel light-headed?

Lightheaded warning: Most Pneumonias give cough, fever and chills. Worrisome sign of something else are shortness of breath, dizziness and lightheadednes
Differential includes CHF, Concomitant anemia, electrolyte imbalance, SIADH, shock, adrenal insufficiency etc
Best go to ER FOR CHEST RAY & full evaluation
A walking pneumonia may not be what you think you have! Get it evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the difference between the flu and walking pneumonia?

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

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Is walking pneumonia contagious? A family member has mild pneumonia. I am asthmatic and concerned.

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

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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

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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?

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

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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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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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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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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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more