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Why Do I Keep Getting Pneumonia
Recurrent Pneumonia: One common cause is misdiagnosis. Not knowing your case, i can't say this is what's going on, but a lot of disease get called "pneumonia" when in fact there is something else going on. There are some cause of recurring pneumonia however such as immunological system deficiencies, aspiration (choking bacteria into the lungs), and underlying lung diseases that haven't been diagnosed. See a lung doc. ...Read more
See a doctor: Without knowing more of your medical history, I am unable to say why you have had repeated episodes of pneumonia, but it is certainly a concern. Some illnesses and medications, as well as smoking might affect your body's ability to fight infection. Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection of lungs: Pneumonia is infection in the lung(s) caused by many types of bacteria or viruses. These infections are acquired from our immediate surroundings - by inhaling tiny droplets that carry these bugs into our lungs where they start to multiply & cause infection. Some viruses are also spread via objects that we handle. Handwashing, avoiding contact with people with colds are best preventive strategies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Some pathogens such as tuberculosis are dangerous to everyone. Other causes of pneumonia only infect people with very weak immune systems. On a daily basis, various pathogens are inhaled or aspirated many times. However, a healthy immune system (is) provides barriers & cell defense systems which prevent pneumonia. If there is a temporary weakness in ones is then pneumonia may develop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: But not necessarily likely, unless the lungs and the tubes leading to the lungs have been damaged by the prior infection, leaving them more susceptible to repeat attacks. ...Read more
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