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Is Bronchial Pneumonia Highly 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acute bronchitis: Acute bronchitis ("acute" here refers to new onset, self-limited) tends to be viral including cold viruses, but, more seriously, also influenza.Symptoms can persist once the virus has passed, therefore contagious depending on stage. Whooping cough is a contagious bacterial bronchitis, sometimes serious, making a comeback due to the unfortunate decision of some not to vaccinate their children. ...Read more
Can be...: Acute bronchitis is caused by either bacteria or viruses and these organisms can be aerosolized w/coughing/sneezing or spread via hand contact (ex. Infected person touches their nose and you shake their hand shortly afterwards!) chronic bronchitis is not contagious as it is a form of COPD and results from airway inflammation due to smoking (usually). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It has 2 common forms - emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The most common cause by far is smoking. Sometimes it can be caused by environmental exposures and uncommonly it can come from genetic factors. COPD is characterized by prolonged or difficult exhalation and when more severe can lead to low oxygen levels in the body. Don't smoke ! ...Read moreSee 20 more doctor answers
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
Yes: Acute bronchitis is currently considered to be caused mostly by viruses, which are quite contagious. It can be transmitted in the air, by coughing, and by contact with the sick person's hands (if the hands have been coughed on or touched the mouth). The most contagious period is usually early in the illness, and shortly before the illness begins to show symptoms. ...Read more
Yes: Most of the time, acute bronchitis is caused by a virus. Influenza (flu) viruses are a common cause, but many other viruses can cause acute bronchitis. Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person by droplets produced when an ill person coughs, sneezes or talks. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with the virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes or nose. Many other respiratory viruses are spread in these ways too. To reduce your risk of catching viruses that can cause bronchitis: Avoid close contact with people who have the flu or another respiratory illness, Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, Get an annual flu shot. People who have chronic bronchitis or asthma sometimes develop acute bronchitis. In these cases, the acute bronchitis is most likely a complication of the existing condition. This type of bronchitis is not caused by an infectious virus, so it's less likely to be contagious. ...Read more
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