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Is Asthma Contagious
Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more
So i visited the doctor today and turns out i've got bronchitis asthma. Is this very contagious and can I still kiss my boyfriend?
Depends: Most bacterial pneumonia arises from common germs already in the respiratory tract & are not easily transferred. Some viral pneumonias are less selective & could pass as easily as a cold.Proximity of exposure along with duration in minutes/hours etc all contribute to ease of pasage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A family member has allergy induced pneumonia, is that contagious? I heard it was not. I have asthma and I am concerned.
Molds?: Do you mean hypersensitivity pneumonitis which can be caused by an immune reaction to molds or an occupational exposure? Allergy otherwise does not cause pneumonia. If the pneumonia is not caused by a virus or bacteria, it is not transmitted to another person. But if you are also exposed to the same environment, your risk of developing pneumonitis is somewhat higher ...Read more
Asthma patient with bronchitis symptoms. Is bronchitis contagious, and would you assume it best for me to stay home from school?
Depends: Assuming that your asthma is under control but you still cough, then the cause for the bronchitis is likely from a viral or bacterial infection. Bacterial infection is usually not contagious unless you have whooping cough. Viral infection often does however since a cough often travels from 0 to 60 faster than your souped-up mustang. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Viral infection: Viral respiratory tract infections are contagious as they are spread by respiratory droplets. However, to have asthma symptoms that is dependent upon the child having asthma. Thus, if the child has asthma, and then is exposed to a viral infection, he will have symptoms of asthmatic bronchitis. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer