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Is bacterial pneumonia contagious after antibiotics if there is still a cough present without a fever? We are supposed to have friends over

Cough after pneumoni: If you have had a full course of antibiotics but have a persistent cough, this is a fairly common occurrence. You are not likely to be contagious. The inflammation of the bronchi (the breathing tubes). Takes a long time to resolve. Just give it time. Feel better. ...Read more

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An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Is bacterial pneumonia contagious even after taking more antibiotics?

Is bacterial pneumonia contagious even after taking more antibiotics?

UES: Initially pneumonia can be contagious after few days it should not be contagious any more. ...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 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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Which antibiotic is best for community-aquired pneumonia?

Which antibiotic is best for community-aquired pneumonia?

Depends: This is a good question. Geographic location plays an important role in these decision. There are different resistance patterns in different communities. Here in chicago, we use the fluoroquinolone class as first line (levaquin (levofloxacin) or avelox). There are many different options in addition to these. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia contagious?

Walking pneumonia contagious?

See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around.
There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

Is walking pneumonia contagious for long?

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

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Lower Lobe Pneumonia contagious yes or no?

Lower Lobe Pneumonia contagious yes or no?

Not: The way most upper respiratory infections are!

Possible but NOT Probable. ..

Hope this is helpful
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Is staphylococcal pneumonia contagious in a dorm?

Is staphylococcal pneumonia contagious in a dorm?

? treated in a dorm?: I can't imagine anyone with stap pneumonia being treated in a dorm. Most are isolated in a hospital room during the initial stage of treatment. Droplet precautions (masks and good hand washing) are recommended during the prolonged coughing phase after initial treatment. Staph are present in the environment continuously & a patient may carry the germ for months after successful resolution of the pne. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia contagious through kissing or similar acts?

Is pneumonia contagious through kissing or similar acts?

Pneumonia: This is an inflammation of lung tissues often due to infection with a wide variety of organisms. It would be very unusual for bacterial causes to be transmitted in this manner, but some of the atypical causes (mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella) have the potential for this. Not a simple question with a simple answer. Good luck. ...Read more

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What antibiotic would you use to treat E. coli pneumonia?

What antibiotic would you use to treat E. coli pneumonia?

E.coli PNA: Ciprofloxacin or Levaquin usually works well. Also Ceftriaxone IV or Ceftin (cefuroxime) oral works as well.
we need to test the E.coli and find out what is the best ABx for it as we have some resistant patterns. ...Read more

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Can walking pneumonia contagious before symptoms and present?

Can walking pneumonia contagious before symptoms and present?

See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around.
There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not. ...Read more

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How long are you contagious if you have pneumonia and are taking steroids for it?

How long are you contagious if you have pneumonia and are taking steroids for it?

Pneumonia: This is seldom transmitted person to person, but communicability depends upon the organism, the areas of lung involved and other factors. Without knowing more info cannot answer your question specifically. ...Read more

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How long does a person need to consider themselves contagious after having walking pneumonia?

How long does a person need to consider themselves contagious after having walking pneumonia?

Pneumonia: For bacterial pneumonia, you are no longer contagious after taking an antibiotic for 24 hours. Viral pneumonias are contagious until cough disappears. Chemical and aspiration pneumonias are not contagious. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia contagious? ? My grandmother has it and we want to visit her but we don't want to risk infecting our 22 month old.

Yes: Pneumonia can definitely be contagious but it varies depending on what type of bacteria or virus is causing the lung infection and whether the patient has been on the appropriate antibiotic for the infection. Most viral respiratory infections can't be treated with antibiotics (except "real influenza" can be treated in the first 48 hrs with tamiflu). Might be better to not expose your little one. ...Read more

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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!

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

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Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Yes: The infectious agent, bacterial or viral, can be transmitted to susceptible individuals by coughing and droplet transmission. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

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

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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

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Is MRSA pneumonia contagious?

Yes: Although not that simple. When someone has MRSA pneumonia, the droplets that come out when they cough can contain MRSA. MRSA is not airborne except in droplets and it doesn't survive long outside. It is acquired by touching a person or object that has live MRSA bacteria on it. Hand washing is best for prevention. The patient with MRSA pneumonia should be isolated and wear a mask. ...Read more

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Is infant pneumonia contagious?

Is infant pneumonia contagious?

Pneumonia...: Is an infection in the lungs. Common causes include viruses and bacteria, which can be contagious. How contagious it is, and how it's treated, depends on the germ that's causing the pneumonia. Another cause might be something called "aspiration, " where some substance like milk or stomach contents gets sucked into the lungs. This is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Both, usually they come from viruses ; bacterias that came from inhalation from a person who coughed before or close by. ...Read more

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Mrsa pneumonia is contagious for how long?

Mrsa pneumonia is contagious for how long?

MRSA: Communicability of MRSA is usually lesion to hand to hand to area where it can created disease, but respiratory transmission is not likely. If the patient is not coughing and the potential individual to whom it is going to be transmitted does not touch the patient they are unlikely to become infected. ...Read more

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What's the best antibiotic choice to treat pneumonia?

What's the best antibiotic choice to treat pneumonia?

See below: It depends on age, other medications, and allergies. Your physician will decide on appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

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

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What one is worse to have pneumonia or pleurisy and are they both contagious please answer asap?

What one is worse to have pneumonia or pleurisy and are they both contagious please answer asap?

Pneumonia & Pleurisy: Pneumonia is usually a severe infection to either bacteria or virus. Pleurisy is usually a secondary illness or consequence of a lung infection. There are so many different scenarios with both that I am not sure how to answer the rest of your question. Neither of them are good to have. And, both require some treatment. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where I work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?

Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where I work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?

Maybe: Viruses can be transmitted person to person, however a virus that causes pneumonia in one person may not necessarily cause pneumonia in another person who is infected with it. For example the flu can can cause a fever, muscle aches and few lung symptoms in one person but a severe pneumonia in another. ...Read more

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How long is bacterial pneumonia contagious to other people?

How long is bacterial pneumonia contagious to other people?

May not be: This will depend primarily on the causative agent of the pneumonia, the severity, how it is being treated and the proximity of contact with the patient. As a general rule, many of the organisms causing bacterial pneumonia are already resident in the nasopharynx and for a variety of reasons the patient has become susceptible to pneumonia, and transmission to others is unlikely. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic for bilateral interstitial pneumonia?

What kind of antibiotic for bilateral interstitial pneumonia?

Severe Lung Disease: Acute interstitial pneumonia also called hamman rich syndrome. It is rare severe lung condition that affects otherwise healthy people. There is no known cause and cure
these patients are treated in ICU in hospital. And often require ventilation support, steroids are used intravenously and since it is not caused by infecton antibiotics are not usually needed. Often the condition is fatal in 60% of time. ...Read more

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Will using qvar inhaler help heal pneumonia, already on antibiotic?

Will using qvar inhaler help heal pneumonia, already on antibiotic?

NO: Steroids to not help with infection. It may help calm the inflammation down and potentially help if you're coughing a lot, but the antibiotics will be what is needed to directly help the infection. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is someone with walking pneumonia contagious for?

Docs, usually how long is someone with walking pneumonia contagious for?

10 days: Most patients with mycoplasma pneumonia (also called walking pneumonia) are contagious for up to 10 days after onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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I have moderate to severe asthma and was exposed to pneumonia. How contagious is pneumonia?

I have moderate to severe asthma and was exposed to pneumonia. How contagious is pneumonia?

Depends: Most bacterial pneumonia arises from common germs already in the respiratory tract & are not easily transferred. Some viral pneumonias are less selective & could pass as easily as a cold. Proximity of exposure along with duration in minutes/hours etc all contribute to ease of pasage. ...Read more

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Father-inlaw has viral pneumonia for last 2 weeks. Been on 5 day leva-pck still had high temp. Is he still contagious? My wife wants to see him

Father-inlaw has viral pneumonia for last 2 weeks. Been on 5 day leva-pck still had high temp. Is he still contagious? My wife wants to see him

Not sure: Viral pneumonia should have cleared in two weeks. The fact that he is being treated with Levofloxacin suggests that either the initial diagnosis was incorrect or that he has developed a secondary bacterial pneumonia as a result of the viral infection. Before your wife sees him, check with his doctor about whether he feels there is a risk (doubt that this is true). ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia contagious? My oldest son has had it for 5 days and started abx yesterday? Will my other kids get it? What's the incubation?

Is bacterial pneumonia contagious? My oldest son has had it for 5 days and started abx yesterday? Will my other kids get it? What's the incubation?

Maybe, maybe not: Most forms of bacterial pneumonia are not particularly contagious and arise from a preexisting problem like a cold or other viral process that is invaded by opportunist germs from the airway. The common pneumonia germ is carried by many in their nasal passages and throat. Viral pneumonia and one called mycoplasma are potentially contagious. Your doc can let you know. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more