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Long Is Walking Pneumonia Contagious
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
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
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.
Walking pneumonia: This is a poor and virtually meaningless term referring primarily to whether a patient requires hospitalization or can be treated as an outpatient. The duration of cough will depend upon the organism involved. If mycoplasma pneumoniae the cough can be present for many weeks making you wonder if you have cancer. If bacterial it may be very brief, as long as major airways not involved. ...Read more
See a doctor: Walking pneumonia presents in a different manner and has a different causative organism than typical pneumonia. Patients still usually feel short of breath, but the fever, general poor feeling, and other symptoms are more gradual in onset and can last longer. The only real way to be certain and get adequate treatment is to see a physician in order to check bloodwork as well as a chest xray. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mycoplasma infection: Walking pneumonia is the commonly used name for infection caused by the organism mycoplasma pneumoniae. It can have a varied presentation on chest xray, ranging from diffuse reticulonodular pattern to lobar consolidation. There can be some fluid collection around the lungs as well. Ct scans can show ground glass patterns or even nodular densities at times. Xray findings are non-specific in most. ...Read more
Walking pneumonia: Drs in your area will know best what is going around and what the bug is best treated with. It can vary markedly so ask them. Or you can go to CDC reports for your region on causes of pneumonia in last year or so. And look at their advisories. My own go to source is uptodate.com which you can look at as well. ...Read more
I have had "walking pneumonia" 7 times or so. Why do I keep getting it and what can I do to prevent it?
Not normal: You definitely need to talk to a primary care physician. It is not normal to have pneumonia 7 times at your age. There are many things that could be involed including infection, autoimmune disease, immune deficiency, structural lung problem, exposure to toxic/allergic substance, medication, fungus, etc. This is not a straigtforward case. Should be evaluated with labs and imaging promptly. ...Read more
Diagnosed walking pneumonia today & taking antibotics. In the shower, felt like I didn't have enough air and thought I might pass out. Is this normal?
Reactive airways: Shortness of breath can often be triggered by exposure to irritants, infection, humidity changes and other things, but should never be attributed as a 'normal' event while experiencing pneumonia. Your pneumonia may have triggered reactive airways which is usually addressed with inhaled bronchodilators. A follow up visit with your doctor would be wise! ...Read more
I'm trying to get back into cardio after walking pneumonia and after 15 minutes feel like i'm breathing through a straw. Is there breathing exercises?
Take it slow: Your infection took a toll on you. You start exercising with a regimen of progressive rigor. Start slowly, by walking and when you feel you are stronger, go faster, and increase activity and endurance or weights as your body allows. Don't go up too fast. You'll get there in time. ...Read more
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
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