Is bacterial pneumonia deadly?

It can be. Bacterial pneumonia can be deadly, particularly in the elderly and in people with poor immune systems (on chemotherapy, with hiv, or even uncontrolled diabetes, amongst others). There is a vaccine available to treat one of the most deadly types of bacterial pneumonia, strep pneumonia. Typically, it is given to those at highest risk of developing or having a bad outcome from bacterial pneumonia.
Maybe. In most cases patients recover from pneumonia, but in some cases ( damaged immune system, elderly, underlying coexisting disease, like emphysema) it can be fatal. Even at times in otherwise previously healthy patients some pneumonias can be extremely severe and deadly but this would be unusual.

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Is bacterial pneumonia contagous?

Yes. Cover you mouth with a tissue if coughing, wash your hands before and after touching your face/nose. Keep a distance of about 7-8 feet. Keep elderly the very young (2 years) or the very fragile away while recovering from pneumonia. Wear a mask if needed. Read more...
Not generally. It will obviously depend upon the organism causing the pneumonia and the extent of exposure and your immune status. The short answer is that if this is streptococcus pneumoniae, the most common bacterial pneumonia, as a general rule something in your system predisposes you to this and it is likely to already be resident in the back of the throat. Read more...

Is there a way to prevent bacterial pneumonia?

You can reduce your. Risk of pneumonia by getting your yearly flu vaccine. Also if you are an appropriate candidate, get your pneumonia vaccine every 5 years. If you are immunocompromised, avoid visiting sick patients. Read more...
Vaccine for strep. Taking care of oneself with proper exercise, avoiding obesity, not smoking lowers ones risk because pneumonia often affects those with underlying chronic medical illnesses. So avoiding things like smoking which predispose to chronic illnesses like emphysema lowers your risk. Beyond this there are vaccine that lower the risk for particular kinds of pneumonia. Flu shot, and "pneumovax" for ex. Read more...

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for children?

It can be. Very young children or those with underlying severe chronic diseases are more at risk for complications and even death than older children or adults. The same applies to patients at the other end of the age spectrum, that is the elderly. Pneumona is usually treatable with antibiotics and support however. Read more...
Yes. Bacterial pneumonia is more dangerous in the extremes of age - the very young and the very old. Their immune systems are sometimes not capable of fighting off the infection on their own and therefore should be treated appropriately in consultation with your doctor. For complicated/difficult cases in children, it may require the expertise of a pediatric pulmonologist to guide therapy. Read more...

Distinguish between bacterial pneumonia and diphtheria?

Different organisms. Cornynebacterium diphtheria produces illness via toxin that causes inflammation whereas bacterial pneumonia such as strep pneumonia or mycoplasma cause infection by multplying and causing inflmation. This is not to say that diptheria do not multiply, quit the contrary but to stabelize this infection you need antitoxin whereas with bacterial pneumonia, you attack this will antibiotics. Read more...

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

Yes. It is more dangerous in that more severe illness and even death is statistically more common in the very young or the elderly. In both age groups pneumonia is still usually readily treatable with appropriate antibiotics and support. The highest risk of serious illness occurs not just with age, but with the existence of some other underlying disease. (cancer, heart disease, hiv, etc.). Read more...
What? What are elderly children. After the age of 18 months children may do slightly better than their younger counterparts, but bacterial pneumonia can be a deadly disease, particularly if there is delay in management. Read more...

How long is bacterial pneumonia contagious to other people?

May not be. This will depend primarily on the causative agent of the pneumonia, the severity, how it is being treated and the proximity of contact with the patient. As a general rule, many of the organisms causing bacterial pneumonia are already resident in the nasopharynx and for a variety of reasons the patient has become susceptible to pneumonia, and transmission to others is unlikely. Read more...

Will viral or bacterial pneumonia cure itself depending on time?

Maybe but it depends. I know you want a more definitive answer but my crystal ball is in the shop being repaired. Is it possible to get over an pneumonia (and for that matter, any other infection) w/o taking antibiotics? Sure! but unless the infection is mild and you're super healthy, the odds aren't in your favor. While we can't treat viral infections (unlike bacterial ones), we can provide respiratory, etc support. Read more...
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...