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How are bacterial pneumonias different from viral pneumonias?

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Difficult

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

In brief: Difficult

Often very difficult to distinguish.
However, bacterial pneumonia is more likely if the patient is very sick.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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In brief: Differ in many ways

Viral & bacterial pneumonias differ in many respects other than the causative agent.
Their symptoms can overlap with both causing fever, cough, shortness of breath etc. They can be differentiated on basis of some blood tests, cultures of respiratory secretions & chest xray. It is also important to remember that some illnesses that start as viral illness can develop secondary bacterial infection.

In brief: Differ in many ways

Viral & bacterial pneumonias differ in many respects other than the causative agent.
Their symptoms can overlap with both causing fever, cough, shortness of breath etc. They can be differentiated on basis of some blood tests, cultures of respiratory secretions & chest xray. It is also important to remember that some illnesses that start as viral illness can develop secondary bacterial infection.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Cause and treatment

The cause is different.
Viruses are much smaller than bacteria, harder to identify, and are treated with an entirely different kind of medications. Treatment for one does not work for the other.

In brief: Cause and treatment

The cause is different.
Viruses are much smaller than bacteria, harder to identify, and are treated with an entirely different kind of medications. Treatment for one does not work for the other.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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