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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Infections of the respiratory tract are contagious, but take different forms in different people depending upon age, immunity and a multitude of factors. Thus one person ahs pneumonia, the next a sinus infection and the last cold symptoms only. Good handwashing and avoidance are the best prevention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
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
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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