Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Depends on type. "walking pneumonia" basically means you are not sick enough to be on bed rest in a hospital getting intravenous meds. Some pneumonias have suggestive patterns on an x-ray that suggest the probable germ, many do not.Some are viral & some bacterial.Some can pass to others easily & others seldom do. Discussion with the source of the diagnosis is the best way to find out how easily it spreads.

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Over the course of 2014, I have had over 3 cases of acute bronchitis and 2 cases of walking pneumonia. I currently have bronchitis. Should I be worried?

Concerned. Recurrent respiratory infections in a young person is cause for concern. Underlying causes, such as asthma, should be explored. Talk to your primary care provider for a complete evaluation and consider routine influenza vaccines yearly. Best wishes ! Read more...

What is walking pneumonia and asthmatic bronchitis?

See below. Walking pneumonia is a type of pneumonia caused by the bacteria mycoplasma pneumonia. It typically looks worse on xray than the patient looks. Asthmatic bronchitis is wheezing associated with a bronchial infection/bronchitis. Both affect the lower respiratory tract/lungs. Read more...
Definitions... "walking" pneumonia is slang terminology that refers to a situation where there is an infiltrate on chest x-ray but the person has few symptoms. There are different scenerios that can produce this situation. "asthmatic bronchitis" means that there is bronchospasm associated with bronchitis, an infection of the airways. It can sometimes lead to a cough as the infection is resolving. Read more...