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I smoke, am I more susceptible to contracting legionnaires' disease?
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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
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 not spread person-to-person. It is treated with antibiotics. Avoiding a source is the best way to avoid infection. Risk factors include smoking, older age, diabetes, lung or kidney disease, cancer, or a poor immune system.

In brief: Yes
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 not spread person-to-person. It is treated with antibiotics. Avoiding a source is the best way to avoid infection. Risk factors include smoking, older age, diabetes, lung or kidney disease, cancer, or a poor immune system.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Yes
Male gender, cigarette smoking, chronic heart or lung disease , renal failure, organ transplant, any immunosuppression, some forms of cancer and age over 50 years all predispose to legionaires' disease.
As a cigarette smoker you are also at risk for many forms of cancer and for shronic lung disease such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Quit.

In brief: Yes
Male gender, cigarette smoking, chronic heart or lung disease , renal failure, organ transplant, any immunosuppression, some forms of cancer and age over 50 years all predispose to legionaires' disease.
As a cigarette smoker you are also at risk for many forms of cancer and for shronic lung disease such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Quit.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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