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Is Atypical Pneumonia Contagious
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
Various: There are antibody panels (in which the diagnosis is retrospective), and pcrs and non-specific indicators as well as cultures for some. These may be viral, mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, tb, fungal and others. The tests ordered will depend upon the history and physical exam and initial lab results. ...Read more
Atypical pneumonia: The classic form on pneumonia presents with abrupt onset of cough, high fever, shaking shills, production of rusty colored sputum, and profound malaise. This is usually caused by the pneumococcus germ. There are several types of lung infection with a slower mode of onset and takes longer to diagnosis. The classic example of this is legionaire's disease, but there are other forms as well. ...Read more
Non typical agents:
Term atypical used fot pneumonias which are not caused by typical bacteria causing it such as strep pneumonia, klebsiella, moraxella, etc. Usual cause for atypical pneumonia is mycoplasma pneumonia, but any un conventional agent which causes pneumonia could be called atypical.
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Pneumonia variant: This label is often applied to a form of pneumonia that is triggered by mycoplasma, a different type of germ than the "typical" pneumococcal or viral pneumonia. It's x-ray picture differs and confirmation can be made through blood tests. Most often the x-rays and other findings allow treatment with readily available meds so further studies are unnecessary. ...Read more
Simple is best: Just tell her she ended up catching some germs that decided to live in her lungs for a while. She will get better with treatment. You needn't be rattles by the "atypical" label, it has no bearing on success of treatment, its just part of medical lingo. ...Read more
Other antibx: Atypical pneumonia can refer to Mycoplasma or Chlamydial infection of the respiratory tract. These infections are not well treated with Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or Amoxicillin is a good choice for sinus and ear infections. ...Read more
"Walking pneumonia": Atypical pneumonia refers to pneumonia caused by certain bacteria, including legionella pneumophila, mycoplasma pneumoniae, and chlamydophila pneumoniae. It is called “atypical” because the symptoms differ from those of pneumonia due to other common bacteria. It is also called as also known as walking pneumonia as the symptoms are not as severe. ...Read more
Atypical PNA.: Atypical pneumonia, otherwise known as walking pneumonia, is a type of pneumonia caused by certain bacteria (which you acquire from someone coughing) that generally cause a milder and longer lasting type of pneumonia. Often overlooked because the symptoms are so mild. Could cause cough, shortness of breath, chills, sweats, fever, chest discomfort. ...Read more
Yes: Treatment is curative though.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, several...: ...Different classes of antibiotics can be effective. Patients whose symptoms are minimal and who are otherwise healthy can probably get by without antibiotics. The use of antibiotics simply improve the odds in favor of your immune system, which is the main weapon against any infection. For people who are very sick from pneumonia, antibiotics are lifesaving when used appropriately. ...Read more
Very little: "atypical" pneumomia is actually very common. "typical" pneumonia is caused by conventional bacteria, usually with a capsule. Most atypical pneumoia is caused by small organisms (mycoplasma, legionella) that infect the inside of the cell, as opposed to living outside the cell. ...Read more
Atypical organisms: 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. Also called walking pneumonia. ...Read more
Causing agents type:
Typical pneumonia caused by typical organisms found in the resoiratory system such as strep pneumonia, staph aureus, klebsiella pneumonia, moraxella cataralis. And atypical pneumonia is cause by atypical organisms, but when one usually address it as such means mycoplasma pneumonia which is not a complete bacteria from microbiology point of view.
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An outdated term: Atypical pneumonia is very common (always has been). The designation was used to distinguish it from "pneumococcal" pneumonia, because the treatment used to be different. Now almost all are treated with the same meds. Another misconception is that we can tell the difference by your symptoms and cxr, but it turns out we probably can't. A more useful term is community acquired pneumonia. ...Read more
Mycoplasma & others: Atypical pneumonia generally refers to infection by organisms such as mycoplasma pneumoniae, chlamydophila or legionella. The reason why it is considered "atypical" is due to lack of typical symptoms of bacterial pneumonias (fever with chills, cough with sputum production etc.). Testing may involve chest x-rays, cultures and blood tests to figure out the causative organism for the pneumonia. ...Read more
No: H1n1 influenza occurs only during epidemics, and while there is h1n1 influenza in the U.S. Right now, especially in the northeast, you wouldn't necessarily get it just because you had atypical pneumonia. On the other hand, people with influenza can sometimes develop viral or bacterial pneumonia as a complication. ...Read more
Outdated term: "atypical pneumonia" is actually very common, but differs from the "textbook" description of acute onset symptoms with a very predictable x-ray appearance. The designation is not useful. It tells us little about the causative bug (s), and treatment is not determined by the x-ray or acuity of symptoms. Currently, a more useful term used to guide treatment decisions is community acquired pneumonia. ...Read more
I had atypical pneumonia in October of 2014. I still have a chronic cough six months later. Is that normal?
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