Is Mycoplasma Pneumonia easy to cure? Is this disease contagious and should the patient be quarantined? What is the most effective way to tackle this problem? Pls walk me thru this since my sister needs help and she is still in the hospital, thx.
The bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M pneumoniae) can cause throat infections and lung infections such as pneumonia. Many people develop wheezing and coughing with these fairly common respiratory infections. M pneumoniae is contagious when it causes these infections. It can spread quickly through a family or other closely-knit group. In most cases, treatment with an antibiotic will keep the infection from spreading. Preventative measures include frequent hand washing or the use of alcohol-based hand rubs. Also covering your mouth and nose with a tissue before sneezing or coughing will help to decrease the spread.
In a person with asthma, the bacterium M pneumoniae can be in the airways of the lungs without causing a lung infection like pneumonia. In this situation it is colonizing not infecting the lungs. So it is not contagious. This colonization of the airways can make it difficult for the asthma medicines to help. Treating the M pneumoniae with an antibiotic can result in the asthma medicines improving the asthma symptoms.
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