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What is the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

What is the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

The germ: Bacterial pneumonias are caused by a germs called bacteria, for the most part they can be treated with antibiotics. Viruses cause similar pneumonias, since viruses are biologically very different ( they live and reproduce by invading a normal cell and incorporating into the cells dna for example) antibiotics do not work, with rare exceptions. ( like flu) symptoms of both are similar though. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

What's the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

Predominantly cause: One is produced by bacteria, and usually we find the alveoli (tiny air sacs) filled with inflammatory material showing as consolidation on imaging studies, whereas in viral infection the tissues lining the air spaces are more involved and appears as a reticular pattern on imaging. Both can show overlapping pictures. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

Need for antibiotics: When some on has bacterial pneumonia, the patients are sicker with high fever and may require hospitalisation and treated with antibiotinsdepending on whether it is community aquired, nursing home aquired or hospital aquired viral pnuomonia symptoms are milder and these patienta will get better by themselves and most of the time do not need hospitalisationbut some time it is difficult to dufferentia. ...Read more

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I got viral pneumonia in oct. In nov. I rec'd flu and pneumonia vac. Jan i got bacterial pneumonia. How if i got immunized?

I got viral pneumonia in oct. In nov. I rec'd flu and pneumonia vac. Jan i got bacterial pneumonia. How if i got immunized?

Wrong bacteria: The "pneumonia vaccination" only helps prevent pneumonia caused by a certain kind of bacteria, one that is a common cause for pneumonia in older adults. There are still plenty of other bacteria out there that can cause pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is more severe: bacterial or viral pneumonia?

What is more severe: bacterial or viral pneumonia?

Can be either: Depends on organism, susceptibility to antibiotics and immune system of patient. Adenovirus is one of most virulent viruses often leaving destroyed lung. Other viral infections can be complicated by superimposed bacterial necrotizing pneumonia. Streptococcal and Staphylococcal and others can be very virulent as well ...Read more

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How are bacterial pneumonias different from viral pneumonias?

Difficult: Often very difficult to distinguish. However, bacterial pneumonia is more likely if the patient is very sick. ...Read more

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I have bacterial pneumonia, are the symptoms similar to viral pneumonia?

Yes, usually: Bacterial pneumonia varies by the type of bacteria as does viral pneumonia. In general, however, both present with a fever, shortness of breath, and a cough. ...Read more

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Will viral or bacterial pneumonia cure itself depending on time?

Will viral or bacterial pneumonia cure itself depending on time?

Maybe: Bacterial pneumonia should be treated with antibiotics, it is possible that the infection could spontaneously resolve without treatment as it did sometimes in the pre antibiotic era. This is not something one should risk as bacterial pneumonia can be severe even life threatening and is best treated with antibiotics. There are no antibiotics for viral pneumonia ( except flu) . Both need support. ...Read more

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What makes viral pneumonia more problematic than bacterial pneumonia?

What makes viral pneumonia more problematic than bacterial pneumonia?

Nothing: Viral pneumonia is often milder, however if severe it is problematic in that outside the flu and some rare infections affecting only people with damaged immune systems, there are few antiviral direct antibiotic treatment, antibiotics in general are effective only for bacteria. ...Read more

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