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I was diagnosed with pneumonia about 6 days ago. I have been

I was diagnosed with pneumonia...
I was diagnosed with pneumonia about 6 days ago. I have been taking antibiotics since. Wondering if it is contagious and how long it is contagious. My 3 month old grandson is living with me and I'm wondering what the risk is to him.
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7/7/2013
Dr. P. Jyoti
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yes, pneumonia is caused by bacteria and viruses and it is contagious

Customer:

how long is pneumonia contagous?

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contagiousness is highest during the period of highest symptoms, usually day 2 to day 4

Customer:

Is an infant at high risk?

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contagiousness will be controlled within 3 days of taking antibiotics if it is a bacterial pneumonia

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in general pneumonia has less contagiousness than flu or common cold

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but yes, it may spread to infants

Customer:

Ok. any signs I should watch for in my grandson?

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you need to take special hygeine measures to avoid spreading to the infant

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cough and cold and fever will be indications

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some of the steps to take are:

Customer:

Such as?

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wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, particularly after touching your mouth and nose and before handling food

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cough and sneeze into a tissue, then throw it away immediately and wash your hands

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don’t share cups or kitchen utensils with others

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maintain a distance from your grandson till a fortnight after starting treatment

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best to avoid carrying him or hugging him for this period

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with these steps he would be safe

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children can also be vaccinated for pneumonia, discuss this with his pediatrician

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take care

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