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A 40-year-old member asked:

is it possible to treat pneumonia with lasix (furosemide)?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
No: Lasix (furosemide) is a diuretic drug that causes increased urination and elimination of body water, sodium and potassium. It is used to treat pulmonary edema that is sometimes mistaken for pneumonia. Antibiotics are used to treat pneumonia.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Ein: Furosemide (Lasix, Fusid or Fumex) is a diuretic that is used to treat edema & congestive heart failure. It is not a treatment for pneumonia.
Dr. Jack Apelbaum
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
however pneumonia is an added stress on your body and make was other underlying problems to become worse. In that case you may require lasix to reduce your fluid load, if for example congestive heart failure becomes worse
Sep 3, 2014

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Depends on virus: Rsv is a virus that can vary in its effect on an infected child from a simple runny nose to life threatening pneumonia.The smaller the infant/kid the worse the potential pbs.Kids catch this virus almost every year but seldom have problems after infancy.Other forms of viral pneumonia vary in their outcome. The worst i've known was chickenpox pn in a untreated newborn delivered by a midwife.(died).
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Can a child catch pneumonia in a household where viral pneumonia is present?

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Yes: Keep children away from sick people. Take it as an opportunity to teach good hygiene practices. Wash hands, cover your cough, use clean utensils and tools ...Etc.
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Can pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

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No: Generally speaking pulmonary fibrosis is not the result of viral pneumonia. Sometimes viral pneumonia can cause some scarring of the lungs that may resemble some forms of pulmonary fibrosis. There is a form of pulmonary fibrosis called cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis that sometimes may be the result of lung infections including viral pneumonia.
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Is bacterial pneumonia deadly?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
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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.
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Is bronchial pneumonia highly contagious?

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Yes: There are several pneumonia causing organisms & the relative contagiousness depends on the type of infectious organism causing the pneumonia. In general it is important to cover your mouth and nose when coughing, avoid coming in contact with young children or elderly (as they are at greatest risk of getting sick), & washing hands frequently to prevent spread of infection to other.

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