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Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Yes and No: Some lung infections or pneumonias such as viral, influenza and bacterial, tuberculosis are contageous from person to person. Other pneumonias such as aspiration pneumonia or ventilator associated pneumonias are not contageous. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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What can happen if a lung infection (possibly, due to mycroplasm organism) goes untreated? How contagious is this?16 yr old male, immune compromised.

What can happen if a lung infection (possibly, due to mycroplasm organism) goes untreated? How contagious is this?16 yr old male,  immune compromised.

Mycoplasma: Mycoplasma is not usually an invasive aggressive infection. Yet, if a patient is immunocompromised, any infection can become quite dangerous. I actively treat mycoplasma in the asthmatics that may get much more ill. How aggressively to treat any infection should be an ongoing discussion between patient and doctor based on symptoms, and danger to self and others. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a lung infection?

See your MD: If you have a lung infection or pneumonia you should see your md and see if antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could deal with lung infection?

Depends on health: If one is a smoker you may well need antibiotics. If one is not a smoker and not severely ill you might wait a couple of days prior to see your doctor. If you have fever, cough and chest pain , it would be wise to go see your doctor as soon as possible. If you have blood in your sputum, then this becomes more severe. Need immediate medical attention in that case. Basic answer see your doc ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a lung infection, my nose isn't stuffy but i can't really taste anything?

Treatment: of a lung infection is tailored to understanding what is causing it. Only your examining physician can determine what the appropriate treatment might be after a physical exam ...Read more

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I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because i had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?

I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because i had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?

Ask your doctor: To explain it to you. If you were in the hospital for a month obviously something was wrong. You would have had a complicated case and your doctor has the most information to give you the best answer. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms if lung infection.?

Lung infection: Of any type would be highlighted by cough, fever, chest pain with coughing, sputum production, shortness of breath. Not all are present but most of the time they are present and more times than not, all are present. By the way, one of your conditions simply puzzles me. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more