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In what way does bacterial pneumonia spread?

In what way does bacterial pneumonia spread?

It does not: Bacterial pneumonia is caused by inhalation of organisms that we are colonized with into the airway. So it is not spread person to person per se. From living our daily lives we pick up germs that live in our mouth and nose, sometimes these germs can get into the lung from aspirating tiny secretions. This is more likely when we are weakened in some way, for example a person is weak with poor cough. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Friedman
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Bacterial Pneumonia (Definition)

A type of pneumonia that is located diffusely throughout the lung tissue, as opposed to the more common lobar pneumonia, which is generally located in a single defined ...Read more


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What is fungal encephalitis, and how does it differ from viral and bacterial?

What is fungal encephalitis,  and how does it differ from viral and bacterial?

Encephalitis: Fungal encephalitis is the the more serious of the three, occurs from a fungal infection to the brain and the treatment can be long and complex. ...Read more

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In what way does antiviral medication lead to bacterial infections?

In what way does antiviral medication lead to bacterial infections?

Not usual antivirals: Common antiviral medications such as Zovirax or Valtrex (valacyclovir) used to treat herpes viruses, or Tamiflu used to treat influenza viruses, do not lead to bacterial infections. Certain medications that suppress a person's immune system, such as prednisone, are sometimes used to decrease inflammation caused by some viral infections. With immunosuppressant meds, a person may get other infections more easily. ...Read more

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My mom has pseudomonas putida infection in lungs. What are the ways a human can contract this infection?

My mom has pseudomonas putida infection in lungs. What are the ways a human can contract this infection?

By having bad luck..: P. Putida is a very common germ that lives in soil and freshwater environments all over the world. Many types of bacteria are in soil. Sometimes, people who work around soil can get sick from inhaling germs from soil, compost, dust thrown into the air during outdoors work, etc... Soil germs can also enter through skin wounds. Doctors can evaluate to see what antibiotics are needed for treatment. ...Read more

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Can lymphoma spread to the liver and kidneys? If not, what type of cancer does spread this way?

Can lymphoma spread to the liver and kidneys? If not, what type of cancer does spread this way?

Yes: Lymphoma can indeed involve the kidneys but more commonly, the liver. Multiple other malignancies (colon, pancreatic) can also metastasize to the liver but less frequently to the kidneys. ...Read more

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What is the borna virus and how does it spread?

What is the borna virus and how does it spread?

Borna virus: Was named for an outbreak of neurological disease in horses in borna, saxony, germany in 1885. It has caused neurological disease in a number of different animals and appears to spread via respiratory secretions. Borna antibodies have been found in people and some have tried to link the virus to certain neuropsychiatric illnesses in man. ...Read more

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What causes streptococcal infection in the throat? Is it contagious?

What causes streptococcal infection in the throat? Is it contagious?

Very contagious: Strep throat is caused by group a streptococcus (or streptococcus pyogenes) which is a very infectious bacteria. ...Read more

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Does infection spread through the bloodstream, such as a bacterial infection on ankle can spread to an ear infection?

Does infection spread through the bloodstream, such as a bacterial infection on ankle can spread to an ear infection?

Bacteremia: Infections can spread through the blood stream - when you hear the word "Sepsis" that implies a bacteria is in the blood stream and causing havoc on the body. Could an infection that started in the ankle get into the blood stream? Sure. Once it's in the blood stream could it seed other sites? Sure. If you didn't have high fever and signs of blood infection then I doubt your ear infection is relate ...Read more

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How does the rhinovirus spread?

How does the rhinovirus spread?

Droplets or contact: It can spread through direct contact, or droplets spread via cough/sneezing etc. Cover your cough/sneeze and use hand sanitizer to reduce transmission. ...Read more

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I know its not efficient, but could you get rid of a bacterial infection by infecting the bacteria with a bacteriophage virus?

Complicated: While the theory sounds good, there are complex issues involved in proving that method of treatment to be more safe and effective than current approved and accepted treatments; those studies have been unsuccessful in that endeavor. ...Read more

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What three things can cause the lung infection pneumonia?

What three things can cause the lung infection pneumonia?

Bacteria, viruses,: Bacteria, viruses and fungi cause pneumonia. That is to say, there are hundreds of thousands of causes of pneumonia if not more. ...Read more

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In what ways is measles spread?

In what ways is measles spread?

Respiratory route: Measles is thought to spread via the respiratory route -- so inhalation of respiratory droplets from an infected person can lead to infection. It is an extremely contagious disease, as an infected person may spread the virus up to 7 days prior to the onset of symptoms and 3-4 days following the onset of symptoms. You can prevent yourself from infection with the MMR (mumps measles rubella) vaccine. ...Read more

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How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating.It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents.The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more

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Is pleurisy contagious? Can it spread to the other lung?

Yes: There are several infectious and non-infectious causes of pleurisy. Depending on the underlying cause and its severity, it can also progress from one side to the other in the same patient. Whether a patient with pleurisy is contagious for others will depend on the fact that whether the underlying cause/primary disease process is due to an infectious organism that can easily spread through air. ...Read more

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What can cause pneumomia to rapidly spread in body?

What can cause pneumomia to rapidly spread in body?

There are: multiple potential causes of pneumonia, it is not a single disease. In general, though, a compromised immune system or other comorbid factors, and/or infection with a particularly virulent pathogen, may predispose to systemic spread. ...Read more

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Need to know is tuberculosis contagious or is it the bacteria?

Need to know is tuberculosis contagious or is it the bacteria?

Yes.: Tuberculosis is caused by an infection with a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This bacteria can infect the lungs and other body sites. Tuberculosis is definitely contagious and can be spread from person to person. Tuberculosis can be a serious health problem and can require many months of therapy with multiple antibiotics to cure. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between viral, bacterial and fungal meningitis?

I want to know what is the difference between viral, bacterial and fungal meningitis?

The cause: The difference refer to the different cause of the infection leading to meningitis. Meningitis is a term that describes inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Infections are a common cause and the agent of the infection can be a bacterium, a virus or a fungus. ...Read more

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Is it possible the bacteria/yeast infection has spread to my eyeball?

Yes: Infections of the eye are possible. These can involve the conjunctiva (outer lining) or the deeper structures of the eye proper. Eye infections can be caused by bacteria, fungus and viruses. If you are concerned that you might have an active eye infection, then please seek advice / treatment from a physician or other local provider. An eye infection should not be ignored. Vision is important. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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