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Pneumonia Contagious After Antibiotics
Yes: Yes -- at least 10 days needed. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
? 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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
See below: It depends on age, other medications, and allergies. Your physician will decide on appropriate treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
My 10 year old son was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday, he has taken his antibiotic for 3 days. He woke up this a.m. with the croup. Related?
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