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Is Pneumonia viral or bacterial?


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2008-10-06 22:23:16
2008-10-06 22:23:16

There are both viral and bacterial forms of pneumonia.


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Between viral and bacterial pneumonia bacterial is the worst. Viral pneumonia usually gets better on its own while bacterial pneumonia needs to be treated with antibiotics and sometimes hospitalization.

It can be viral or bacterial.

Antibiotics can only cure bacterial pneumonia, not viral.

Pneumonia is a general term, not a specific disease. There is viral pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, and a fungal pneumonia, among others.

Yes, there is one kind that protects against bacterial-caused pneumonia, however there is none for viral pneumonia.

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Pneumonia is caused by bacterial or viral infection Tuberculosis is caused by Myobacterium Tuberculosis.

Yes, in fact that is one of the primary initial complications of the flu: a secondary bacterial pneumonia or sometimes a secondary viral pneumonia.

Like many other viral infections, the main treatment is supportive care like fluid, oxygen, ect. There are antiviral medications, but they are normally not effective in viral pneumonia. Viral pneumonia can progress to bacterial pneumonia because the bacteria takes advantage of the fact that you're already compromised. In this case, antibiotic should help.

One of the complications of influenza is secondary pneumonia, it may be either viral pneumonia or it could be bacterial pneumonia taking advantage of the weakened state of the host.

many but the main 2 types are viral and bacterial

fluid accumulation in the lungs due to infection. can be bacterial, viral, or fungal in origin.

Pneumonia is a bacterial or viral infection of the lungs. The lungs begin to fill with fluid causing difficulty breathing and high fever.

Pneumonia is caused by bacteria or viruses and the symptoms are very similar. The pathogen is different and therefore, the treatment is different. Pneumonia can also be caused by inhalation of irritating substances and smoke or by fluid or food aspiration into the lungs. Often bacterial pneumonia can be a secondary infection with viral pneumonia.

False. Aspiration pneumonia is caused by the stomach contents or food going down into the lungs. It can cause a chemical pneumonitis and or a bacterial infection but not a viral infection.

The worst kind of pneumonia is the Viral type. This is where the virus has to run through your body until it ends compared to bacterial pneumonia which can be treated with antibiotics and medication.

To prevent secondary bacterial or viral infections, such as pneumonia.

The treatments for pneumonia can be different depending on the specific type. For example bacterial pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics. However, viral pneumonia requires treatment with an antiviral medicine because antibiotics will not work for it.

A sputum culture will generally tell. Bacteria can be cultured, viruses can't.

Yes. Bacterial diseases can be treated with antibiotics. Viral diseases have to run their course. Many viral diseases have vaccines available, such as flu, measles, mumps, chicken pox and so on. If your cold or flu turns into pneumonia, then that can be treated since it is bacterial.

The supportive treatment for the symptoms would be mostly the same, but the medications used to directly fight the two different types of lung infections are different. Bacterial infections, including bacterial pneumonia, are treated with antibiotics. Since antibiotics are not effective against viral infections, the right medicines for the viral type of pneumonia might include anti-viral medications but usually not antibiotics. In both types of infections there can be a superimposed infection of the other type. For example, it is not uncommon for those with serious viral infections of the lungs to also end up with an opportunistic bacterial infection (i.e., one that might not be able to make you sick if it weren't for your already infirm condition), like bronchitis or bacterial pneumonia. Therefore, monitoring to identify any such secondary infections is also part of the treatment of both kinds of pneumonia to be sure that necessary medications are being utilized.

Acute Bronchitis, Asthma, Bacterial Pneumonia, Collapsed Lung, Hyperventilation, Pulmonary Embolism and Viral Pneumonia are among the problems of the Respiratory System.

Bacteria. Antibiotics kill bacteria. Bacterial pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses. There are several different treatments for some kinds of viral pneumonia -- such as pneumonia caused by any kind of influenza virus. Other kinds of viral pneumonia have no known cure.

The difference between viral pneumonia and bacterial pneumonia is that viral pneumonia is caused by the influenza virus (the flu) and is treated by humididfied air, increased fluid intake, and the incubation period is only about 1-5 days. Cough, headache, muscle stiffness, shortness of breath, fever and chills, sweating and fatigue are all symptoms of vira pneumonia.Bacterial pneumonia is caused by streptococcus pneumoniae and is helped with antibiotics, fluid intake, supplemental oxygen, bed rest, chest physical therapy, bronchidilators, and cough suppresents and the incubation period is around 6 months. Symptoms of bacterial pneumonia include, sudden fever, chills, a productice cough, and discomfort in chest. There are similarities in the two viruses also, but they are very different too.

It's viral, and it's also the smallest virus known to man so far.

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