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Doctor insights on: Is Bacterial Pneumonia Contagious Even After Taking More Antibiotics

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How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

At risk: Once the inner lining of the lung is infected, it is prone to a secondary infection. It may take weeks to recover from influenza, and a secondary pneumonia can occur at any time during that period. There is evidence that the risk for a pneumococcal pneumonia occurs even one week after influenza infection. An interesting link for more information: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/06 ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Friedman
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How long is bacterial pneumonia contagious to other people?

How long is bacterial pneumonia contagious to other people?

May not be: This will depend primarily on the causative agent of the pneumonia, the severity, how it is being treated and the proximity of contact with the patient. As a general rule, many of the organisms causing bacterial pneumonia are already resident in the nasopharynx and for a variety of reasons the patient has become susceptible to pneumonia, and transmission to others is unlikely. ...Read more

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Daughter has bacterial pneumonia and step bacteria was identified. Is it contagious? Especially if coughed on?

Daughter has bacterial pneumonia and step bacteria was identified. Is it contagious? Especially if coughed on?

Not particularly: Many of us have strep pneumo germs in our nasal passages periodically as hitchhiker germs. They can sit there and do nothing or take advantage of a deep chest cold and trigger pneumonia. Some germs like chickenpox travel easily in the air and transfer easily, this does not. Simple droplet precautions avoid transfer, but even if you have some on board, you don't necessarily get sick. ...Read more

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I have bacterial pneumonia-no insurance--so no antibiotic--any suggestions on how to get a prescription? I'm traveling so very low on funds.

I have bacterial pneumonia-no insurance--so no antibiotic--any suggestions on how to get a prescription? I'm traveling so very low on funds.

MDlive: You can call mdlive.Com and talk to a physician who can help you by diagnosing your problem and prescribing necessary treatment. I am in the state of wa, so if you were to pick up a prescription in that state, you can talk to me, otherwise, each state has physicians that you can talk to and be treated accordingly. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia contagious? My oldest son has had it for 5 days and started abx yesterday? Will my other kids get it? What's the incubation?

Is bacterial pneumonia contagious? My oldest son has had it for 5 days and started abx yesterday? Will my other kids get it? What's the incubation?

Maybe,maybe not : Most forms of bacterial pneumonia are not particularly contagious and arise from a preexisting problem like a cold or other viral process that is invaded by opportunist germs from the airway.The common pneumonia germ is carried by many in their nasal passages and throat. Viral pneumonia and one called mycoplasma are potentially contagious.Your doc can let you know. ...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's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

Need for antibiotics: When some on has bacterial pneumonia, the patients are sicker with high fever and may require hospitalisation and treated with antibiotinsdepending on whether it is community aquired, nursing home aquired or hospital aquired viral pnuomonia symptoms are milder and these patienta will get better by themselves and most of the time do not need hospitalisationbut some time it is difficult to dufferentia. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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