Viral Pneumonia v/s Bacterial Pneumonia

Viral pneumonia is basically contagious as it spread through droplets and the severity ranges from acute to chronic

Pneumonia affects the lungs of the respiratory system. It is most commonly caused by viruses or bacteria. Any infection that causes an inflammatory response in the lung is referred to as pneumonia. The symptoms of viral pneumonia are often similar to those of bacterial pneumonia, but, depending on the virus responsible, there may be a few additional symptoms. The usual causes of pneumonia include:

bacteria viruses fungal infections

While bacterial pneumonia is predominantly localized to an area of the lung and is unilateral, viral pneumonia is randomly distributed in all areas of both lungs varying from small patches or ground-glass opacities. In bacterial pneumonia, the predominant drug is antibiotics which are based on the organism identified in sputum culture or lab investigations whereas, in viral pneumonia, the role of antibiotics is less. But for a few viral infections, antiviral drugs can be used. The predominant treatment in viral infections is supportive care like fluid intake, paracetamol, antihistamines, and antitussives.

Viral pneumonia symptoms - Fever, cough that is likely to be dry initially but may produce yellow or green mucus, shortness of breath, shaking, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, weakness, loss of appetite, blue tint to the lips.

Bacterial pneumonia symptoms - Very high fever, shaking chills, or rigors, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, cough with blood or mucus, tiredness or lack of energy

Risk factors

being older than 65 or under years of age tobacco smoking alcohol or illicit drug abuse having a chronic illness, such as a heart, respiratory, or autoimmune disease having a compromised immune system, possibly due to cancer or HIV  recovering from a recent viral infection

Tests to confirm the diagnosis - chest X-ray, nasal swab to check for viruses, sputum culture of the mucus from the lungs, blood tests, including a complete blood count (CBC) to look for inflammatory markers, arterial blood gas test


wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap get a flu shot avoid touching the nose or mouth take enough sleep exercise regularly eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables maintain physical and social distancing, stay away from people who are sneezing and coughing
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Renu Gupta

With a background in Pharmacy which is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry, I had the desire to mix creativity to these fields. Medicircle provides me an avenue to apply my training in science and interest in creativity together.

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