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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Overview)

A condition in which the lungs become inflamed, most commonly caused by infection.


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What are symptoms of pneumonia?

What are symptoms of pneumonia?

Signs of pneumonia: A persistent cough and fever over 102 fever commonly with shaking chills and sweating (although older people may have lower-than-normal body temperature), shortness of breath, chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy), occasional headache, muscle pain, fatigue. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
2,240 doctors shared insights

Pneumonia (Overview)

A condition in which the lungs become inflamed, most commonly caused by infection.


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How do you treat pneumonia?

Antibiotics depends: It vis treated with antibiotics and the choice of antibiotics depends on whether it is nursing home aquired pneumonia, community aquired pneumonia, hospital aquired pneumonia and if it is in pediatric age group or young patients, diabetics or geriatric age group. ...Read more

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Recovering from Pneumonia (Checklist)

Finish the entire course of antibiotics
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Follow up with your doctor
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Get repeat imaging to make sure the pneumonia has fully cleared up
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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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What can cause pneumonia?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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What can cause pneumonia?

Lots of things: Lots of things can cause pneumonia, which is an infection of the lung. Bacteria, viruses & fungi can all cause pneumonia. However, so can aspiration which occurs when choking on something, typically stomach contents. Appropriate vaccines are very useful in decreasing certain, but not all, pneumonias. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between bronchial pneumonia and just pneumonia?

What is the main difference between bronchial pneumonia and just pneumonia?

Bronchopneumonia: This term typically applies to pneumonia which involves multiple areas of the lung rather than being confined to one lobe or otherwise localized. It may also suggest the means by which the pneumonia occurred, implying that it was preceded by bronchial infection or extension through the bronchi. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Treating Interstitial Pneumonia (Checklist)

Take antibiotics as prescribed for bacterial pneumonia
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Use cough medicines as needed to help your symptoms
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Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you have a fever
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Remember to get plenty of rest to recover from this infection
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Walking pneumonia contagious?

Walking pneumonia contagious?

See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around. There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not. ...Read more

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Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Yes: The infectious agent, bacterial or viral, can be transmitted to susceptible individuals by coughing and droplet transmission. ...Read more

Dr. Willam Lau Dr. Lau
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What is pneumonia?

Dr. Willam Lau Dr. Lau
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What is pneumonia?

Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue, usually caused by bacteria, but could be viral or parasitic. ...Read more

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What is the definition of pneumonia in community?

What is the definition of pneumonia in community?

Aquired by somone: Community acquired pneumonia is a lung infection that one acquires out in the community - you catch it from someone out there who gives you the bug that causes it. ...Read more

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How does pneumonia cause cervical lymphadenophaties?

How does pneumonia cause cervical lymphadenophaties?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes are an integral portion of the immune system and enlarge when fighting infection or other inflammation. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pneumonia?

Signs of pneumonia: A persistent cough and fever over 102 fever commonly with shaking chills and sweating (although older people may have lower-than-normal body temperature), shortness of breath, chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy), occasional headache, muscle pain, fatigue. ...Read more

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Nonbacterial pneumonia dangerous?

Nonbacterial pneumonia dangerous?

Many causes: Non-bacterial pneumonia is a broad term that could mean lung infection caused by viruses, fungi, TB or chemical/toxic exposures. Prognosis depends upon the cause, extent of lung involvement & immune status of the infected person. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose pneumonia?

How do you diagnose  pneumonia?

Hx,Exam+/- xray: Physicians generally combine features of a presenting history with a physical exam & may be able to DX pneumonia on that basis. It's a bit harder in kids who can have one you cannot hear on physical exam, so xrays are often required. Many times an xray will be obtained to confirm what is suspected & may help define the probable germ & best treatments. ...Read more

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Is interstitial pneumonia deadly?

Is interstitial pneumonia deadly?

Not necessarily: Interstitial pneumonia is not always deadly and can be treated with the appropriate care and medications. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia deadly?

Is bacterial pneumonia deadly?

It can be: Bacterial pneumonia can be deadly, particularly in the elderly and in people with poor immune systems (on chemotherapy, with hiv, or even uncontrolled diabetes, amongst others). There is a vaccine available to treat one of the most deadly types of bacterial pneumonia, strep pneumonia. Typically, it is given to those at highest risk of developing or having a bad outcome from bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for pneumonia?

What's the treatment for pneumonia?

Antibiotics: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissues. It is usually caused by one of a number of bacteria or by aspiration of saliva or food in those who have problems swallowing such as patients who have had strokes or altered levels of consiousness due to alcohol or drugs or seizures. Pneumonia is usually treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the signs of pneumonia?

Colored phlegm,fever: A cough productive of colored (yellow/green or other colors) phlegm. Elderly patients often do not have fever. Other signs to look for are rapid heart rate, chest pain. Prompt treatment of pneumonia with antibiotics and diagnosis with chest exam/chest xray is important. Additional risk factors such as underlying disease of smoking/hypertension/diabetes make someone more prone to infection. ...Read more

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