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Q: How long is pneumonia contagious?

How long is bacterial pnuemonia contagious? Thanks for any answers.

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Amy Tudor, Editor
7/ 5/14 6:07pm

Hi there, Caroline --


How long a person with bacterial pneumonia is contagious to others depends on the type of treatment he or she gets for the pneumonia. According to experts, untreated bacterial pneumonia generally is contagious for several days to a week, depending on the treatment. If the person with pneumonia is on antibiotics, however, the pneumonia typically stops being contagious after a day of treatment with the medications.


I hope this is helpful!  Here are some other links you might find interesting:

The Truth About Antibiotics

9 Ways to Keep Your Airways Clear and Lungs Clean

8 Signs You Should See a Doctor About a Cold


Good luck to you!

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