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Is Pneumonia A Communicable Disease
It depends: Many different kind of bacteria can cause pneumonia. Legionnaire's disease, for example, is environmentally contagious. Most forms of bacterial pneumonia cannot be transmitted from person to person, though. ...Read more
Give to others,,,: Communicable diseases can be given to others while non-communicable diseases cannot. ...Read more
If someone had a communicable disease and wanted to come to your house, how would you politely decline?
POLITELY!: Just tell them that you (and family, etc) are not taking visitors or guests for the next few days to to personal reasons. Give your regrets and nothing more. If they push the issue, just be firm. You have the right to protect yourself and your family from harm and anyone not willing to accept this has their own issues and will have to deal with it. ...Read more
Parkinson's disease: No. Parkinson's disease is not a communicable or transmissible disease. ...Read more
What is the difference between a communicable disease and a contagious disease and an infectious disease?
Spread: A communicable disease is a disease many others may get and that is why we have vaccinations. A contagious disease is a disease someone in contact with the person may catch. An infectious disease is a disease that may be spread within the person such as a virus or a bacterial or a fungal infection. An infectious disease may be contagious and communicable but does not have to be. ...Read more
No: COPD (emphysema/chronic bronchitis) is not a communicable disease. It usually occurs in past or current smokers and can sometimes have a genetic predisposition (ie patients with Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency). One patient cannot typically give another patient the disease by cough, touch, kissing, etc. ...Read more
Is tuberculosis pleural effusion is communicable disease, should I need to stay away from my family and friends if so than for how much time?
Pneumonia: Pneumonia cause by the germ legionella. It is not all that different from any other pneumonia, although it can be very severe and can be associated with GI symptoms, and at times neurologic symptoms more often than other pneumonias. It is treated with antibiotics and support much like other pneumonias. ...Read more
There are: Numerous potential complications involving multiple organ systems, as well as possible secondary infections with other pathogens, that can occur. ...Read more
Antibiotics: While some cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses and other pathogens, those caused by bacterial organisms respond well to antibiotics. Once the number of organisms in the lung is reduced, recovery ensues with reduction in inflammation, accompanied by improvement in clinical symptoms. ...Read more
Pneumonia variant: This label is often applied to a form of pneumonia that is triggered by mycoplasma, a different type of germ than the "typical" pneumococcal or viral pneumonia. It's x-ray picture differs and confirmation can be made through blood tests. Most often the x-rays and other findings allow treatment with readily available meds so further studies are unnecessary. ...Read more
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
If you have been vaccinated for pneumonia is it ok to help someone with the disease as long as you are not in close contact?
Close Encounters: Well, it's not like you've been vaccinated against every lung infection on earth, but if you take what are called "the proper precautions" you should be fine. Those precautions means your friend doesn't cough in your face, and only into a Kleenex and hat you air-out the room daily. It also depends on how sick he is and how much time you'll be with him. Overall, though, don't worry too much. ...Read more
They are different:
A pneumonia is caused by an organism causing destruction of the lung tissue. Interstitial lung disease is inflammation of the lung and usually starts in the "interstitium" but later can involve other parts of the lung. But, one is felt to be an infection, while the other is more"immune" caused.
The picture is of a pneumonia in the left of the picture (all the white area compared to the dark). ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what kind of treatment was being used for crohn's disease. A lot of patients with crohn's disease are now treated with biologic agents and other immunosuppressive medications that can affect your immune response & your ability to fight infections. ...Read more