29 Jun 0
Recently my brother suffered heart failure and had a five vein bypass. He is better and recovered stronger than before. One of the things that we found out was when his heart failed he had walking pneumonia. This did not cause his heart failure, but created the additional stress on this heart as he was struggling to breath.
My first thought was “I have heard that term before. Walking pneumonia. Is it bacterial? Is it Viral? How is it different than all the other pneumonia diagnosis’ out there? The fact is, walking pneumonia can be more dangerous than any other type, Most people may not realize they have symptoms until it turns in to something life threatening. Below is what I discovered as I did my research.
What is walking pneumonia?
Walking pneumonia is a non-medical term to describe a mild case of pneumonia. It can also be called atypical pneumonia because the disease is different from more serious cases of pneumonia caused by typical bacteria.
Pneumonia is a disease of the lungs that often results from a lung infection. Lots of things can cause pneumonia, including:
- Bacteria, including mycoplasma
- Other infectious agents
- Inhaled food
Walking pneumonia is often the result of a lung infection from a bacterial microorganism called Mycoplasma pneumoniae. People who have walking pneumonia are seldom confined to bed or need to be hospitalized. Some may even feel well enough go to work and carry on with other regular routines, just as they might with a cold.
Who gets walking pneumonia and how is it spread?
Anyone at any age can get walking pneumonia. Walking pneumonia from mycoplasma is most common, though, in older children and adults younger than 40. People who live and work in crowded places, such as schools, homeless shelters, and prisons have a higher risk of contracting the disease. That’s because walking pneumonia is contagious. It’s spread when someone comes in contact with droplets from the nose and throat of someone who has it. That commonly happens when the person with walking pneumonia sneezes or coughs.
Cases of walking pneumonia are most common in the late summer and fall. But infections can occur with no particular pattern throughout the year. And, even though the disease is contagious, it spreads slowly. The contagious period in most cases lasts less than 10 days. Researchers also think it takes prolonged close contact with an infected person for someone else to develop walking pneumonia; still, there are widespread outbreaks every four to eight years. When those outbreaks occur, walking pneumonia can account for as many as one out of every two cases of pneumonia.
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