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What are the long term side effects of legionnaires disease?   I heard that asthma is one side effect.

What are the long term side effects of legionnaires disease?   I heard that asthma is one side effect.

Death: Legionnaire's disease is a severe bacterial pneumonia. There are effective antibiotics but the death rate for persons over age 50 hospitalized with this form of pneumonia is reported to lie between 5-30%. Kidney injury has been reported after legionnaire's disease but I have not seen any patients who developed asthma after having this disease. ...Read more

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A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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How does pontiac fever differ from legionnaires' disease?

How does pontiac fever differ from legionnaires' disease?

Quicker. Milder.: Both are caused by the legionella germ. Pontiac favor happens quicker. It's milder and doesn't have breathing problems like cough chest pain, pneumonia. Good question! ...Read more

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Can I take effective herbal therapies to prevent a legionnaires' disease?

Can I take effective herbal therapies to prevent a legionnaires' disease?

Nothing approved: Although, you may find claims on the web of people having taken "natural" supplement/herb that helped them cure legionnaire's, there's nothing approved or shown to be effective in studies. Given the fact that it may become fatal in certain cases if left untreated, i'd strongly suggest prompt medical attention and institution of a commonly accepted treatment. ...Read more

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Does everyone who inhales ldb into the lungs develop legionnaires' disease?

Does everyone who inhales ldb into the lungs develop legionnaires' disease?

No: Can depend on dose of germ, virulence (infectivity) of the germ, baseline lung function, general health, age, other factors. ...Read more

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Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

No: Although legionnaires' can have long-term effects, particularly on the elderly or the chronically ill, these effects are typically fatigue or neurologic symptoms. In the immunosuppressed (hiv patients, those on certain medications, or the severely ill), the bacterium has been known to spread to several organs only on very rare occasions, and no involvement of the uterus has been reported. ...Read more

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Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a premature birth?

Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a premature birth?

See below: According to our infectious disease consultants, the literature on legionnaires disease does not mention a link with premature birth. However, any maternal inflammation or fever increases the risk for preterm labor. Please talk to your ob/gyn soon. ...Read more

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What is Legionnaires’ disease? Describe this strain of bacterial pneumonia and its possible origins in human infection.

What is Legionnaires’ disease? Describe this strain of bacterial pneumonia and its possible origins in human infection.

Legionnaire'sDisease: Is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria, usually contracted through contaminated ventilation systems. It can be quite deadly if not recognized and treated. For more info:

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/legionnaires-disease/basics/definition/CON-20028867

Hope this helps!! ...Read more

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Do you need to go to the hospital for Legionnaires' disease?

If you had a very: Mild case (which is not very likely) it would be possible to treat you at home. It is more likely that you will need supportive care and treatment which is best performed in the hospital. ...Read more

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I am pregnant, am I more susceptible to legionnaires' disease?

I am pregnant, am I more susceptible to legionnaires' disease?

Probably not: Legionnaires' disease is an infection with a bacteria that causes a pneumonia. It is transmitted in a waterborne fashion, often from cooling towers, humidifiers and such. It is treated with antibiotics. Risk factors include smoking, older age, diabetes, lung or kidney disease, cancer, or a poor immune system. Pregnancy is not a known risk factor, but caution makes sense for the baby's sake. ...Read more

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Can I take medicinal therapies to prevent a legionnaires' disease?

No: There is no medicinal therapy to prevent legionnaire's disease, specifically. If you are in good health and in good shape, odds are you will be less likely to suffer from it seriously but that is not for certain. Exposure should be avoided though there is no sure way to know when you may be exposed. ...Read more

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My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

Bacterial infection: Legionnaires disease is a bacterial infection, usually of the lungs. The organism in present in water and may be inhaled through an aerosol, such as in a shower. ...Read more

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Help can avelox's moxifloxacin hci help treat legionnaires disease?

Help can avelox's moxifloxacin hci help treat legionnaires disease?

Treat Legionnaires': Suspected or proven Legionella pneumonia (Legionnaires') should be treated with a quinolone (eg, levofloxacin) or azithromycin. Moxifloxacin should work, since it is an advanced quinolone medication, and there is medical literature to support this. However, most clinical guidelines list levofloxacin, as it has been used very often and has a great track record. I recommend to see an ID doc for this ...Read more

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Can you get legionnaires disease from old moldy window airconditioner?

Can you get legionnaires disease from old moldy window airconditioner?

Probably not: Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium known as legionella. You can't catch legionnaires' disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get legionnaires' disease from inhaling the bacteria. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly suscep. ...Read more

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Can I take effective herbal therapies to treat a legionnaires' disease?

Not recommended: While herbal therapies can be effective for a number of conditions, legionnaires' disease can cause a life-threatening pneumonia due to the bacteria, legionella. Treatment with antibiotics usually cures the disease. If you have pontiac fever, (legionella infection without pneumonia) antibiotics are often not necessary and the disease resolves spontaneously. ...Read more

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Is avelox's moxifloxacin hci effective in treating legionnaires disease?

Yes it is effective: Yes it is effective in teating Legionnaires Disease ...Read more

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I'm afraid of the treatments for legionnaires' disease. Are they dangerous?

I'm afraid of the treatments for legionnaires' disease. Are they dangerous?

No: Any medical treatment has a potential for complications. Drugs (medication) work well, but no matter what you use (even aspirin) there are potential side effects that are unwanted or undesirable. The downside of no treatment is usually less than the downside of treatment complications/side effects. ...Read more

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Can you get legionnaires disease from air conditioner in a large building office?

Yes: Yes but other workers in the building will probably be affected too. ...Read more

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Is legionnaires' disease contagious?

Is legionnaires' disease contagious?

No: If you refer from person-to-person- no.

It is spread by aerosolized water that harbor the organism. Examples include air-conditioning vents, misters in the vegetable aisles, ornamental water features in hospital lobbies, and humidifiers with stagnant water. ...Read more

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Does moxifloxacin help treat legionnaires disease?

Yes: Fluorinated quinolones like Moxifloxacin are generally effective in managing legionnaire's disease. ...Read more

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Can I take medicinal therapies to treat a legionnaires' disease?

Yes: Legionnaires' disease is an infection with a legionella bacteria that causes a pneumonia. It is transmitted in a waterborne fashion, often from cooling towers, humidifiers and such. It is not spread person-to-person. It is treated with antibiotics if found, usually Levofloxacin or azithromycin. ...Read more

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I have diabetes, will there be complications with a legionnaires' disease?

I have diabetes, will there be complications with a legionnaires' disease?

Maybe: Diabetes makes it harder to fight off all infections and increases the likelihood of complications. ...Read more

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Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Yes: The disease is a result of inhaling droplets or soil contaminated by the legionella bacterium. Not everyone who is exposed will get this. Risk factors include age over 65 years, low immunity, smoking, steroid treatment, chronic lung disease and occupational (air conditioner maintainers). ...Read more

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What is legionnaires disease?

Probably not: Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium known as legionella. You can't catch legionnaires' disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get legionnaires' disease from inhaling the bacteria. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly suscep. ...Read more

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What is legionnaires' disease?

A type of pneumonia: It is a type of pneumonia caused by a bacterium called legionella. This bacterium likes to grow in standing water such as in air conditioning units. ...Read more

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Legionnaires' Disease (Definition)

A type of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. ...Read more