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How long before I can return to work after pneumonia

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: Depends on how bad it was, and what kind of work you do. Usually 1-2 weeks is needed to make sure you are not contagious, and have healed adequately. ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Depietro
34 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Varies: In general people can return to work when the feel up to it. That is when they are not so short of breath, weak etc that work is difficult. For a spec ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Pneumonia: This all depends upon what type of pneumonia you had, the severity, the therapy and how you are feeling. Generally a week should be sufficient if you ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Sure, if feel well: If you are feeling well, fever is gone, and you're not coughing a lot, there's no reason you cannot return to work. It won't affect you ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Rousseau
Specializes in Palliative Care
Pneumonia: I know this won't be the answer you want, but I don't know nearly enough to be able to tell you when you can return to work. It's best you ask the doc ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on situation: You are contagious for 6 days from the first fever (for flu).The pneumonia may sap your strength more but is less contagious. You could spread the fl ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Ask doc.: Pneumonia is a serious illness. Fatigue is common. You don't want to overexert, and need to rest to get allow the body to fight off infection quickl ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Pneumonia: This is highly variable and depends upon the cause of the pneumonia, degree of illness sustained, the efficacy of treatment, the response both in redu ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not infectious: Mycoplasma pneumonia is not contagious. You may go to work when you are ready. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole g ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below;: Monocytes - How high? Slight elevation is not meaningful. You should discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test. Pneumonia- It depends on the cau ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes, better: stay few days more resting, it takes more for the lungs to fully recover from pneumonia, depending on the site and severity, keep taking your asthma c ... Read More

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