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Is Bronchial Pneumonia Contagious
Is bronchial pneumonia contagious? My oldest son has had it for 5 days. Started abx yesterday. Will my other kids get it? Incubation period?
See below: 2 types of bronchial pneumonia: bacterial (you started your son on an antibiotic) and viral (no antibiotics and runs it course over time). Most will say it is no longer contagious when fever goes away. I will say good hand hygiene and not sharing saliva will decrease chances of transmission. Incubation period varies: 1-3 days-even as long as 7-10 days (depends on age and health/immune system). ...Read more
See below: By direct contact and/or respiratory droplets exchanged through the air that contain the bacterial agent. ...Read more
Many Things: A number of possibilities. A weakened immune system. Possibly the baby has asthma, not welled controlled. An underlying condition, such as cystic fibrosis or Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency. An anatomical defect of the lung. Not ever healing from the original infection is possible. You need to ask your doctor. ...Read more
No: Pneumonia denotes infection in the lung parenchyma (lung tissue). Bronchits denotes infllamation in the bronchilal airway. Pneumonia is a more serious condition. Bronchitis is usally viral, may last 2 week, cough is common. However, our job is to rule out other causes of cough and determine the proper treatment. ...Read more
Sx: Bronchits, pneumonia have similar symptoms. Cough, fever, wheezing. And other sx. You don't have to have all symptoms this is something we need to see you, exam you, do proper testing if indicated and treat accordingle. Reading on the internet is good, but medical consultation is essential. ...Read more
Bronchopneumonia: This term typically applies to pneumonia which involves multiple areas of the lung rather than being confined to one lobe or otherwise localized. It may also suggest the means by which the pneumonia occurred, implying that it was preceded by bronchial infection or extension through the bronchi. ...Read more
Exposure: Exposure to pathogen, inhaled, reach the lungs causing pneumonia. Immune system is still developing, no longer with the antbody he loaned from you in the first 6 months. Make sure baby gets schedule immunization (the first 2 years are critical, bulk of vaccination are given during this time, specially the first year). Get the 2 influenza vaccination this fall (4 weeks apart). ...Read more
My 3 month old son was in contact with someone who has bronchial pneumonia, what are the chances he has been infected?
Not likely: Unless your child immune system is compromised, I would not really worry! Maternal immune complexes handed down to the baby renders major disease fighting abilities! universal precautions and hand washing go a long way! Thank god for vaccines, these injections help ward off those pesky life threatening infections! Regards! ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes. If lethargic, respiratory distress, not able to keep oral intake, . ...Read more
It is common!: It is common for patients with bronchopneumonia to spit up mucus; it is actually healthy to do that. When you have some bacterial infection of the lungs and airway as it happens with pneumonia, the immune system fights them by creating mucus which can washout the bacteria. It is helpful to cough these secretions up. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Acute inflammation of the walls of the smaller bronchial tubes, with irregular areas of consolidation due to spread of the inflammation into the peribronchiolar alveoli and the alveolar ducts of the lungs. Also called bronchial pneumonia. Lobar pneumonia - pneumonia affecting one or more lobes of the lung; generally lobar is larger and affects one or more loves of the lung. ...Read more
Brochi are part of conducting system to conduct air to the alveoli which are true exchange site for o2/co2 in the lung. When infection involves interstitium/or alveoli called pneumonia, but when it involves conducting tubes like bronchi, then called bronchitis. When both are involved it is called bronchopneumonia. If pneumonia is in one lobe called lobar pneumonia.
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What is the difference between bronchopneumonia and hypostatic pneumonia. Are the treatments exactly identical?
Yes: The creator of the MUPPETS, Jim Henson died after contracting pneumococcal bronchopneumonia. It was rumored that he delayed seeking care for this treatable condition. It is a reminder that even treatable conditions can kill you if you don't attend to them. ...Read more
Yes: Usually cured by antibiotics but can be very serious. ...Read more
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Differs by organism: The pathophysiology and immune mechanisms involved in pneumonia vary broadly according to different causative organisms - bacteria, viruses, fungi, mycobacteria etc. You can consult a pathology textbook if you just want information about the histological changes in the lung. For understanding the immune mechanisms involved, you can look for general review articles that summarize these changes. ...Read more
My baby has bronchopneumonia and he coughs when he is breastfed or bottlefed. He doesn't like spoon feeding. He is 4 weeks. What can we do?
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