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Is pneumonia contagious?

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Posted on Thu, 4 Aug 2016
Question: How does a healthy 58 year old get Bacterial Pneumonia in both lungs? I am still very sick. The only strange probably coincidental
, but 2 days before I had a lot of endontical work done . 4 root canals. Thnx for your opinion. XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Pneumonia is airborne infection.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Well, pneumonia can occur in healthy individuals because it is airborne infection.
Pneumonia patients when cough or sneeze or laugh or talk, they produce large droplets in the environment. These droplets are actually carrying the organism.
When any normal person inhale these droplets, he or she is getting pneumonia.
So any one can develop pneumonia if you are exposed to these infective droplets.
In your case, tooth related causes can also cause pneumonia.
Infection in teeth can cause aspiration of organisms in lung and then they can develop pneumonia.
So continue antibiotic, maintain good hydration and maintain good immunity. Don't worry, you will be alright.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (8 hours later)
Thank you for your response. Question: So is it probable or otherwise that I contracted pneumonia during the long edontal work 2days before, given I was frequently moving to various x-Ray and scans?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (14 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Since how long you are having dental problems?

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
No, just 2 days are not enough to develop bilateral pneumonia.
You might be developing pneumonia due to your dental disease.
So please let me know
1. Since how long you are having dental problems?
2. Which dental problems you are having?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Priyanka G Raj
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Dental issue for 2-3 weeks
Pain in a gold bridge - had 4 Root Canals
2 days later pneumonia
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Was it infected?

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes this might be the reason.
2 weeks time is sufficient enough for pneumonia today develop.
Please let me know
1. Was you dental problem having infection or septic?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Sorry I might have sent this already. It was infection. Thank you very much.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (3 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Infection in the tooth is the likely cause for your pneumonia.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, your pneumonia is due to infection in the teeth.
Hope I have solved your query.
If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is pneumonia contagious?

Brief Answer: Pneumonia is airborne infection. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. Well, pneumonia can occur in healthy individuals because it is airborne infection. Pneumonia patients when cough or sneeze or laugh or talk, they produce large droplets in the environment. These droplets are actually carrying the organism. When any normal person inhale these droplets, he or she is getting pneumonia. So any one can develop pneumonia if you are exposed to these infective droplets. In your case, tooth related causes can also cause pneumonia. Infection in teeth can cause aspiration of organisms in lung and then they can develop pneumonia. So continue antibiotic, maintain good hydration and maintain good immunity. Don't worry, you will be alright. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.