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Precautions For Pneumonia
My brother has mono, my sister has tb, pcp pnemonia, are there any precautions I need to take when around them?
Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus. Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics. The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. The patient will need to see a doctor for exam, investigation and treatment.See 2 more doctor answers
Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray.See 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: There are different types of bacteria that cause bacterial pneumonia in the community. Infections acquired in the hospital can be caused by different bugs. Viral pneumonia would not respond to any antibiotics. On rare occasions pneumonia could be cause by a fungus.See 1 more doctor answer
Pneumonia: Need more information. If you are having fever, cough with sputum production, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, etc., you may be getting pneumonia, but this needs careful evaluation by a clinician. If you suspect you may have pneumonia you should be seen by a doctor asap.See 1 more doctor answer
Respiratory droplets: Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks. The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people.See 1 more doctor answer
Signs of pneumonia: A persistent cough and fever over 102 fever commonly with shaking chills and sweating (although older people may have lower-than-normal body temperature), shortness of breath, chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy), occasional headache, muscle pain, fatigue.See 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities: Viral pneumonias probably most common in this age group, but atypical pneumonias (mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella) can also occur. Bacterial pneumonias are less common in this age group, but do occur.