(Closed) Doctors of the Hive: Is pneumonia contagious?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am not a doctor yet (1 more year woohoo!) but as long as she has been treated with antibiotics for at least a couple of days I think you should be okay.  Pneumonia is more contagious if you haven’t had the flu shot, for elderly, and for small children. If you are really worried I would call your OBGyn just to double check.

Post # 5
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The illness that caused the pneumonia is contagious, like if someone with asthma gets a cold, their lungs may already be kind of “raw” which allows for their respiratory illness to progress to pneumonia. They could spread that initial respiratory illness, but it probably won’t become pneumonia in those that they spread it to. I could, but it’s not like you spread the pneumonia germ and everyone around you get’s pneumonia. The bacteria or virus needs a place to hang out and grow in your lungs.

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