Is pneumonia contagious: Things you should know about Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a lung disease that can make one very ill. The linings of both lungs get swelled in this disease. This disease occur because of virus, fungi and or bacteria. Pneumonic patients have hard time breathing due to persistent cough, along with high fever. Good thing is pneumonia for a lot of people can be treated at home. Pneumonia usually takes around 2 or 3 weeks. It tends to last longer in older people, babies and people who have some other health consequences along with this. Is Pneumonia Contagious? is discussed below.
Table of contents:
- How do you get pneumonia?
- Is pneumonia a contagious disease?
- How is pneumonia transmitted to another person?
- What are the complication of pneumonia?
- What are different types of pneumonia?
- What are the symptoms of walking pneumonia?
- How does pneumonia affect the human body?
How do you get pneumonia?
Germs called bacteria or virus usually cause pneumonia in patients. Pneumonia mostly occurs when you breathe in the pneumonic germs in your lungs. The chances of pneumonia increase after catching cold and flu. Because, after suffering from the before mentioned disease lung’s ability to fight with disease gets low.
Is pneumonia a contagious disease?
Pneumonia is never contagious but the virus or bacteria causing the disease is highly contagious. Pneumonia causing virus and bacteria is usually spreading with breathing. Infected patients even after recover has small amount of pneumonic germs present in their mouth and nose that is then transmitted. Virus causing flu, common cold or bacterial infection can lead to pneumonia.
How is pneumonia transmitted to another person?
Viruses and bacteria of pneumonia is spread through windpipe and throat of ill person. Close contact of ill person with healthy person transmit the disease fast in case of pneumonia. Although people who are exposed for short span of time towards pneumonia do not get the pneumonic infection. Coughing and sneezing passes out germs in the form of mini droplets, this is then breathed by someone else. Touching something and transmitting the germs over that thing. Further, someone else touches it and gets pneumonia infection with in no time. Pneumonia bacteria needs a longer time for incubation.
What are the complication of pneumonia?
Here are some complication of pneumonia:
- Bacteremia (entrance of bacteria in the blood stream) and septic shock (sever form of infection that can damage the organs).
- Lung abscess: cavities are formed in the lungs. The cavities are then filled with fluid having microbial infection.
- Pleural effusions: Excessive fluid start building around the lungs of patient. The fluids usually builds up in chest or in lungs of the patient.
- Renal failure: This is also known as kidney failure. A disease in which the kidney do not either function fully or gets completely damaged.
- Respiratory failure: the gaseous exchange in our respiratory system is too inadequate resulting in respiratory system collapse.
What are different types of pneumonia?
Following are some form of pneumonia:
This is commonly caused by virus knows as RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and also at times it is known as Influenza virus (type A and/or B), viral pneumonia commonly occurs in young kids.
Caused due to breathing while vomiting, any new object with which you have not any contact before, dangerous or harmful substance and smoking can also cause this type of pneumonia.
This pneumonia occurs because of fungi. This can either cause by any opportunistic or any endemic fungi, or in some cases with both. Case mortality rate of patient suffering with type is around 90%.
Hospital gotten pneumonia:
Yes, it is true. One can get pneumonia infection while being treated for some other disease in a hospital or even during operation. People who are in intensive care or breathing with help of ventilator in hospital are at high risk of pneumonia.
What are the symptoms of walking pneumonia?
This pneumonia looks like a horror films of vintage time. But, as funny as it looks like this form of pneumonia is not at all scary. This pneumonia according to several doctors is just a mild case of pneumonia. This pneumonia is also known as atypical pneumonia and it is not serious at all.
Following are some of the things causing walking pneumonia:
- Inhaling contaminated food
Here are some symptoms of walking pneumonia:
- Severe chest pain when you inhale
- Flu like symptoms like fever along with chills
- Sore throat
Long span weakness even if the infected patients gets completely healthy.
The onset of symptoms starts between 20 to 25 days after the exposure to mycoplasma and within 4 days the symptoms tend to get worst.
How does pneumonia affect the human body?
How does pneumonia affect the human body?
When a person comes in contact with the infected pneumonic person for a long span of time. The air sacs that inside of lungs which is also known as alveoli becomes inflamed and gets filled up with a fluid. The oxygen is needed for survival by every living thing, in pneumonia the oxygen do not reach to blood in adequate amount. Pneumonia can affect the lungs of a pneumonic person in 2 of the ways: either it affects a part of lung also known as lobar pneumonia or it is wide spread in forms of patches in the lungs also known as bronchial pneumonia. Pneumonia infection usually enters the body because of the following reasons:
- A weaker immune system
- Germ is very potent and enter in boy in large quantity
- The body is unable to filter the germs from the air you breathe.
In this article a dangerous disease known as pneumonia has been discussed. People frequently ask the doctors is pneumonia contagious? The answer is yes pneumonic germs are contagious but only infect the healthy person when they are in contact with the disease person for longer span. There are different types of pneumonia and their possible cause. Have a look at the article and learn something new.