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How is fungal pneumonia blastomycosis treated?

How is fungal pneumonia blastomycosis treated?

See below: Blastomycosis is a fungal infection that occurs in the eastern 1/3 of the us. It is usually a pulmonary infection. Treatment is with antifungal agents. Azoles-ketoconazole, itraconazole, Fluconazole and voriconazole are usually used. Life threatening or central nervous system infections are treated with liposomal amphotericin b. ...Read more

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How does one treat fungal pneumonia blastomycosis?

How does one treat fungal pneumonia blastomycosis?

Anti fungal agents: Treatment depends on whether the disease is confined to the lungs and whether it is severe or mild. Severe disease and extra-pulmonary disease needs to be treated with amphotericin b, an IV antifungal agent. Milder disease is usually treated with an oral drug called itraconazole which is safe and well tolerated. ...Read more

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Fungal pneumonia from cats?

Fungal pneumonia from cats?

Not likely: Cats carry several organisms transmissible to humans, but fungal infection would not be a common occurrence. ...Read more

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Is there a way to identify fungal pneumonia or one caused by protozoa, without bronchoscopy, if one can't cough a mucus sample out for testing?

Is there a way to identify fungal pneumonia or one caused by protozoa, without bronchoscopy, if one can't cough a mucus sample out for testing?

Potentially: You could try a hypertonic saline nebulizer of a mucomyst neb treatment. These 2 drugs will induce a cough and make it easier to cough up a sputum sample. If this doesn't work, bronchoscopy is your best option. ...Read more

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How long is pneumonia contagious?

How long is pneumonia contagious?

Depends: Most pathogens that cause pneumonia are not contagious. Some organisms like MRSA can spread to healthy contacts and cause colonization. Some organisms like the virus, influenza can cause pneumonia and are contagious during the illness. Drug sensitive tuberculosis is contagious until several weeks into effective multi-drug therapy. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Yes: Most cases on bilateral pneumonia in children are caused by viruses or bacteria. These organisms can spread through droplets coughed out by the infected child into their surroundings & anyone nearby can inhale those droplets & thus acquire the infection if sufficient number of organisms have entered the lungs to start multiplying in the new host & cause infection. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia contagious?

Walking pneumonia contagious?

See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around.
There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

Walking pneumonia: This is not a good medical term and is used to describe patients with pulmonary parenchymal infections that do not require hospitalization. It can be caused by many microorganisms and more often than not, these are not transmissible from person to person unless in very close contact. An example would be atypical pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae, often person to person in school. ...Read more

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Lower Lobe Pneumonia contagious yes or no?

Lower Lobe Pneumonia contagious yes or no?

Not: The way upper respiratory infections are!

Possible but NOT Probable ...

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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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Is pneumonia contagious through kissing or similar acts?

Is pneumonia contagious through kissing or similar acts?

Pneumonia: This is an inflammation of lung tissues often due to infection with a wide variety of organisms. It would be very unusual for bacterial causes to be transmitted in this manner, but some atypical causes (mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella) have the potential for this. Not a simple question with a simple answer. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can walking pneumonia contagious before symptoms and present?

Can walking pneumonia contagious before symptoms and present?

See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around.
There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not. ...Read more

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How long are you contagious if you have pneumonia and are taking steroids for it?

How long are you contagious if you have pneumonia and are taking steroids for it?

Pneumonia: This is seldom transmitted person to person, but communicability depends upon the organism, the areas of lung involved and other factors. Without knowing more info cannot answer your question specifically. ...Read more

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How long does a person need to consider themselves contagious after having walking pneumonia?

How long does a person need to consider themselves contagious after having walking pneumonia?

Pneumonia: For bacterial pneumonia, you are no longer contagious after taking an antibiotic for 24 hours. Viral pneumonias are contagious until cough disappears. Chemical and aspiration pneumonias are not contagious. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia contagious?? My grandmother has it and we want to visit her but we don't want to risk infecting our 22 month old.

Yes: Pneumonia can definitely be contagious but it varies depending on what type of bacteria or virus is causing the lung infection and whether the patient has been on the appropriate antibiotic for the infection. Most viral respiratory infections can't be treated with antibiotics (except "real influenza" can be treated in the first 48 hrs with tamiflu). Might be better to not expose your little one. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has walking pneumonia and just started his abx. How long will he be contagious since I'm seeing him after 4 days? Help!

My boyfriend has walking pneumonia and just started his abx. How long will he be contagious since I'm seeing him after 4 days? Help!

Always with caution: Walking pneumonia was used as a term, I believe, for mycoplasma infection. The idea of treatment is usually 5 days they're ok or 48 hours of antibiotics with no more fever. People don't always respond the same. People of good immune system have protection but we all get infections one way or another. Always use caution, in dealing with infections, good hygiene or even a mask if not sure. ...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 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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How long is community aquired pneumonia contagious?

How long is community aquired pneumonia contagious?

Depends..: Many causes of community acquired pneumonias are not truly transmissible from person to person but rather normal flora in the normal person. Many respiratory pathogens that do spread do not however necessarily cause pneumonia in the recipient. ...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 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 substances like milk or stomach contents gets sucked into the lungs. This is not contagious. ...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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Mrsa pneumonia is contagious for how long?

Mrsa pneumonia is contagious for how long?

MRSA: Communicability of MRSA is usually lesion to hand to area where it can created disease, but respiratory transmission is not likely. If the patient is not coughing and the potential individual to whom it is going to be transmitted does not touch the patient they are unlikely to become infected. ...Read more

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Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

All of them: Elderly get all the same diseases as the young ones. Sometimes immunity wanes and vaccines get forgotten so they are prone to many of the same illnesses as unvaccinated children. Most contagious disease though is mild and viral (not amounting to a pneumonia) and there is no vaccine for that. ...Read more

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What one is worse to have pneumonia or pleurisy and are they both contagious please answer asap?

What one is worse to have pneumonia or pleurisy and are they both contagious please answer asap?

Pneumonia & Pleurisy: Pneumonia is usually a severe infection to either bacteria or virus. Pleurisy is usually a secondary illness or consequence of a lung infection. There are so many scenarios with both that I am not sure how to answer the rest of your question. Neither of them are good to have. And, both require some treatment. ...Read more

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