What is walking pneumonia: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Walking pneumonia is a bacterial illness that can have you down, but not out.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse provides a little more background on the disease, its symptoms and when to seek help. To listen, click the link below. What is walking pneomonia

Mayo Clinic Minute: Does your child have walking pneumonia?

Classrooms are not only great settings for learning, they’re also the right environment for the spread of infections among students. Walking pneumonia is one of the illnesses that increases in fall when kids are together in classrooms. That’s because walking pneumonia is contagious and spread when a student comes in contact with a classmate who […]

Infectious Diseases A-Z: What is walking pneumonia?

Walking pneumonia is an informal term for a mild form of pneumonia. It’s most common in school-aged children and young adults, though people of all ages are at risk. “Walking pneumonia is caused by a type of bacteria we classify as an atypical type of bacteria,” says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious […]

Mayo Clinic Minute: Is pneumonia bacterial or viral?

If you have a cold or flu, symptoms can last from days to more than a week. But if your fever, cough and feelings of being run-down persist, you may have pneumonia. The lung infection comes in a variety of strains; it can be viral or bacterial. How do you know which type you have […]

Pneumonia and the ‘walking’ kind

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to […]

What do you know about pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia. Causes Many germs can cause pneumonia. The […]

Steroids Could Help Pneumonia Patients

If patients with pneumonia are given steroids along with antibiotics and supportive care, it might mean less time in the hospital. That’s a Mayo Clinic finding after analysis of 8 randomized-controlled trials.                                                                                Mayo infectious disease specialist and co-author M. Rizwan Sohail, M.D., says, “Given that the average hospital stay for community-acquired pneumonia can range from nine to 23 […]

Mayo Clinic Finds Steroids May Shorten Hospital Stay for Pneumonia Patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Patients with pneumonia may spend fewer days in the hospital if they are given steroids along with antibiotics and supportive care. That’s the finding of a Mayo Clinic analysis of eight randomized-controlled clinical trials involving more than 1,100 patients. The results appear in the March issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. […]

Not just for kids — adults need vaccinations, too

Vaccinations often are thought of as a childhood recommendation, but there are important vaccinations for adults, too. Between 50,000 and 100,000 Americans die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as flu, pneumonia and hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recently simplified the adult immunization schedule, making it easier for providers to […]

Mayo Clinic Radio: Adult vaccines / aspirin, eggs and your heart / kidney stones

Vaccinations often are thought of as a childhood recommendation, but there are important vaccinations for adults, too. Between 50,000 and 100,000 Americans die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as flu, pneumonia and hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recently simplified the adult immunization schedule, making it […]

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