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Is pneumonia contagious?

Pneumonia: There are so many types of pneumonia and ways that people get pneumonia that a one size fits all answer here is impossible. Yes, it can be contagious in certain circumstances and in certain individuals. But, in most cases it is not passed on easily in normal social settings. ...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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Is pneumonia contagious?

Is pneumonia contagious?

Most forms - yes.: There are some bacteria and viruses that specialize in causing pneumonia. These are definitely contagious. For older folks or folks that have immune problems/chronic diseases, these patients can get protection with a 'pneumonia shot'. Then there are 'flu' shots that I'm sure you've heard of. Some types of pneumonia don't spread like 'choking on your vomit' - we call that aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Both, usually they come from viruses ; bacterias that came from inhalation from a person who coughed before or close by. ...Read more

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What is atypical pneumonia?

What is atypical pneumonia?

"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

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Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Yes: The infectious agent, bacterial or viral, can be transmitted to susceptible individuals by coughing and droplet transmission. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia typically contageous?

Is pneumonia typically contageous?

Sometimes not mostly: In adults most bacterial pneumonia is caused by aspiration of small amounts of bacteria that have colonized ( live in) the mouth. If one is succeptible you get pneumonia, direct people to people spread from coughing etc is not typical. There are pneumonias caused by germs that are more directly spread, for example pneumonia related to viruses like the influenza or some bacteria like tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia contagous?

Is bacterial pneumonia contagous?

Not generally: It will obviously depend upon the organism causing the pneumonia and the extent of exposure and your immune status. The short answer is that if this is streptococcus pneumoniae, the most common bacterial pneumonia, as a general rule something in your system predisposes you to this and it is likely to already be resident in the back of the throat. ...Read more

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What is atypical pneumonia? Why is co-amoxiclav non effective in eradicating atypical pneumonia?

What is atypical pneumonia? Why is co-amoxiclav non effective in eradicating atypical pneumonia?

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

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Is MRSA pneumonia contagious?

Yes: Although not that simple. When someone has MRSA pneumonia, the droplets that come out when they cough can contain MRSA. MRSA is not airborne except in droplets and it doesn't survive long outside. It is acquired by touching a person or object that has live MRSA bacteria on it. Hand washing is best for prevention. the patient with MRSA pneumonia should be isolated and wear a mask. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Depends on type: "walking pneumonia" basically means you are not sick enough to be on bed rest in a hospital getting intravenous meds. Some pneumonias have suggestive patterns on an x-ray that suggest the probable germ, many do not.Some are viral & some bacterial.Some can pass to others easily & others seldom do. Discussion with the source of the diagnosis is the best way to find out how easily it spreads. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Is bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes caused by either viruses or bacteria is contagious. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Is bronchitis contagious?

Bronchitis: Bronchitis is defined as an inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the respiratory infection. Cough is the predominant symptom. Usually this is self-limiting and will heal completely on its own. Most infections are viral although bacterial infections can cause bronchitis as well. Contrary to popular belief antibiotics are not always necessary. It is just as contagious as any viral infection. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Is bronchitis contagious?

Can be : If it is an infectious bronchitis depending on what the infectious etiology is the bug can be passed on to others through coughing. It can also be passed on through contact which highlights the importance of frequent hand washing. A mask is recommended if concern is present. ...Read more

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Is infant pneumonia contagious?

Is infant pneumonia contagious?

Pneumonia...: Is an infection in the lungs. Common causes include viruses and bacteria, which can be contagious. How contagious it is, and how it's treated, depends on the germ that's causing the pneumonia. Another cause might be something called "aspiration, " where some substance like milk or stomach contents gets sucked into the lungs. This is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is tracheitis contagious?

Is tracheitis contagious?

Not likely: Tracheitis is inflammation of the trachea from any of a number of reasons. Even if it is infectious, it is unlikely to result it spreading to another person. ...Read more

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Is staphylococcal pneumonia contagious in a dorm?

Is staphylococcal pneumonia contagious in a dorm?

? treated in a dorm?: I can't imagine anyone with stap pneumonia being treated in a dorm. Most are isolated in a hospital room during the initial stage of treatment. Droplet precautions (masks and good hand washing) are recommended during the prolonged coughing phase after initial treatment.Staph are present in the environment continuously & a patient may carry the germ for months after successful resolution of the pne. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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