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Viral pneumonitis contagious?

Viral pneumonitis contagious?

Pneumonia : Can be. Flu can cause viral pneumonitis which is contagious. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Kohn
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Pneumonitis (Definition)

Neonatal pneumonia is a condition in which a neonate (a baby 0-28 days old) has an infection in the lungs. Usually, the infection is caused by bacteria and is serious. Intravenous (IV) antibiotics are used ...Read more


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Does anyone have information about infants prognosis with viral pneumonitis?

Does anyone have information about infants prognosis with viral pneumonitis?

Good, most...: ...Of the time. There are certainly severe cases; that caused by flu a tends to be the fastest-progressing, thus the recommendation fro the flu vaccine. Most children with viral pneumonitis recover well with supportive care. ...Read more

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Can viral pneumonia kill you?

Can viral pneumonia kill you?

Sometimes: Most cases of viral pneumonia are relatively mild and resolve spontaneously. There are exceptions. Influenza pneumonia can cause a severe life threatening pneumonia even in otherwise healthy people. In patients whose immune system is compromised a more severe viral pneumonia can occur. This might be seen in those with hiv, after and organ transplant or after cancer chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How to treat viral pneumonia?

How to treat viral pneumonia?

Viral pneumonia: Viral pneumonia will not respond to antibiotics and treatment is mainly supportive. Rest, increased fluids, cough suppressants/acetaminophen at night to help with discomfort and multivitamins. Sometimes, medications such as steroids and inhalers are used to hasten recovery if there is a history or reactive airways (asthma). ...Read more

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Can you get vaccinated for viral pneumonia?

Can you get vaccinated for viral pneumonia?

Just flu: For the most part the only virus that causes pneumonia in adulthood with a vaccine is the flu. However some childhood illnesses can be associated with pneumonia is those with damaged immune systems like for example chicken pox, so vaccinations against the usual childhood illnesses is a good idea. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Depends on virus: Rsv is a virus that can vary in its effect on an infected child from a simple runny nose to life threatening pneumonia.The smaller the infant/kid the worse the potential pbs.Kids catch this virus almost every year but seldom have problems after infancy.Other forms of viral pneumonia vary in their outcome. The worst i've known was chickenpox pn in a untreated newborn delivered by a midwife.(died). ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over viral pneumonia?

How long does it take to get over viral pneumonia?

2 to 4 weeks: It can take up to 4 weeks to completely recover from viral pneumonias, mostly depending on the cause (type of virus) causing the infection. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...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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Can viral pneumonia be cured?

Can viral pneumonia be cured?

Usually Resolves: A patient with good general health and a normal immune system will usually recover from a viral pneumonia after it runs its course. Occasionally a bacteria will come in and trigger a secondary infection which prolongs the illness & requires extra rx.If pneumonia is part of a more extensive viral illness, affecting other tissue systems, other problems may dominate the recovery process. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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