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Is Walking Pneumonia Contagious
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 different 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
Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. ...Read more
Is walking pneumonia contagious? A family member has mild pneumonia. I am asthmatic and concerned.
Depends: Many are and some are not."Walking pneumonia" is a simple label that designates those that can be treated with oral medication & not require hospital care. Many start with contageous viruses and or inhaled germs from their surroundings.These could spread.Some start as a cold and common airway bacteria that were there already take the opportunity to spread/infect.These are less so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Hi i was diagnosed with walking pneumonia on 4/4/13 and i was wondering when can I kiss my boyfriend that its not contagious? I'm on medication.
Contagious cough?: It is usually thought that with respiratory infections you are more contagious early and then less so with time. If you are no antibiotics then you are also less likely to be contagious after 48 hours. Another thing to watch is if you are no longer feverish. ...Read more
Hi i was diagnosed with walking pneumonia on thursday. 4/4/13 i was wondering when it's not contageous no more and when can I kiss my boyfriend again.
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more