Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, which are caused by a range of microorganisms, such as virus, bacteria, fungus, and parasites. Although most cases of pneumonia are caused by organisms that are already in your mouth, some case in the other hand are caused by the spread of airborne infectious organisms. You may have a family member or friend who caught pneumonia or you yourself have caught pneumonia and do not want to spread it to other people. You are thinking, how long is pneumonia contagious?
If you caught pneumonia, it is best for you to quarantine yourself even though you are not sure whether your pneumonia is contagious or not. Pneumonia stay contagious even after a week and people who have weak antibody like children and elderly are more prone to catch it. Tuberculosis is one of the cause of pneumonia and it usually take two weeks or more of therapy, which include rest and proper medication before the infected person is no longer contagious. However, the most common types of pneumonia will require a lot more conditions besides exposure to an infected person in order to catch pneumonia.
However, the length of pneumonia depends on the specific organisms that cause it. Some organism will last for few days while other can even last for two to three weeks. Pneumonia will stay contagious until it is cured. Therefore, if you happen to caught pneumonia for yourself and do not want to spread it, you are advised to quarantine yourself in the room and practice good hygiene.
Prevention is always better than cure. If you want your child to be save from the risk of catching pneumonia, you should take all this precautionary steps. Breastfeeding your child and avoiding exposure to unhealthy smokes and fumes will prevent your child from catching pneumonias because breastfeeding will improve the child’s antibody and pneumonia usually spread through airborne. Vaccination would be another alternative to prevent pneumonia. There are available vaccines that prevent measles, flu, pneumococcal and other causes of pneumonia. You can also prevent pneumonia the same way you prevent cold and flu.
It is advisable to consult your doctor about the condition of pneumonia to prevent it to spread. As every pneumonia contagious period differs from one and another.