Alternative Names Pneumonia - viral; "Walking pneumonia" - viral Prevention Wash your hands often, especially after blowing your nose, going to the bathroom, diapering a baby, and before eating or preparing foods. Don't smoke. Tobacco damages your lungs' ability to ward off infection. Vaccines may help prevent pneumonia in children, the elderly, and people with diabetes, asthma, emphysema , HIV, cancer, or other chronic conditions. A drug called palivizumab (Synagis) is given to some children under 24 months old to prevent pneumonia caused by respiratory syncytial virus. Flu vaccine prevents pneumonia and other problems caused by the influenza virus. It must be given each year to protect against new virus strains. If your immune system is weak, stay away from crowds. Ask visitors who have a cold to wear a mask. References Mandell LA, Wunderink RG, Anzueto A, et al. Infectious Diseases Society of America/American Thoracic Society consensus guidelines on the management of community-acquired pneum...
Is Obesity Contagious?
Before you grab me by my shoulders and begin shaking me hard while shouting in my face “what kind of question is that?” hear me out. I am not referring to the generic definition of contagious and suggesting that if you drink from the same glass as an obese person that you will begin to gain weight. Nor am I suggesting that a preventive inoculation can be administered at some point of the year that might be referred to as “obese season.” I am not saying that at all, so please, take your hands off my shoulders. Findings published in the 2007 New England Journal of Medicine cite the obesity contagion as a social experience. Not bacterial or viral, but something shared through interpersonal relationships. The Obesity We Share Social contagion occurs when people follow the example of friends or family and gain and lose weight along with them. Statistics showed that the chances of a person becoming obese increased by 57% if they had a frien...
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by many different germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
This article discusses pneumonia that occurs in a person whose ability to fight infection is greatly reduced because their immune system is weakened and not working properly. Such disease is referred to as "pneumonia in an immunocompromised host."
(previously called Pneumocystis carinii
Pneumonia - cytomegalovirus
Pneumonia in immunodeficient patient; Pneumonia - immunocompromised host
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
People whose immune system is not working well are less able to fight off germs. Because of this state, they are more likely to become infected by g...
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