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Is pneumonia contagious?

Is pneumonia contagious?

Most forms - yes.: There are some bacteria and viruses that specialize in causing pneumonia. These are definitely contagious. For older folks or folks that have immune problems/chronic diseases, these patients can get protection with a 'pneumonia shot'. Then there are 'flu' shots that I'm sure you've heard of. Some types of pneumonia don't spread like 'choking on your vomit' - we call that aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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Is pneumonia contagious?

Pneumonia: There are so many types of pneumonia and ways that people get pneumonia that a one size fits all answer here is impossible. Yes, it can be contagious in certain circumstances and in certain individuals. But, in most cases it is not passed on easily in normal social settings. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia contagious ?

Is pneumonia contagious  ?

Depends: Pneumonia is inflammation of one or both lobes of the lungs. Frequently caused by infection but not always (chemical). Infection may be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungal etc. Sx include chills, fever, productive and or nonproductive sputum, chest pain, SOB. Dx clinically or with chest xray, sometimes labs blood, urine sputum cultures. Medicine depends on cause. Legionella not contagio ...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 typically contageous?

Is pneumonia typically contageous?

Sometimes not mostly: In adults most bacterial pneumonia is caused by aspiration of small amounts of bacteria that have colonized ( live in) the mouth. If one is succeptible you get pneumonia, direct people to people spread from coughing etc is not typical. There are pneumonias caused by germs that are more directly spread, for example pneumonia related to viruses like the influenza or some bacteria like tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia typically contageous?

Is pneumonia typically contageous?

Most Pnumonias are: Most Pnumonias are caused by infectious agent like viruses&Bacteria.And these are contagious.Some caused by fungi like aspergilus and others is not contagious in people with normal immune system ...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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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

Contagious (Definition)

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