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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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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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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 do the symptoms of walking pneumonia last?

Variable: This is variable but symptoms generally start to improve 3-5 days after getting antibiotics, total resolution may take a little longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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