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how long is it before streptococcal pneumonia clears?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
2 to 3 days: Sometimes longer, provided antibiotics are being administered. Some cases can be resistant to treatment. Although it is usually easy to treat, it can be deadly.
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Depends how sick: In a patient who did not need to be hospitalized , usually most people will start to feel better after 3-5 days of antibiotics and be close to normal in about a week. In a patient needing to be hospitalized, they may take much longer, depending on how sick they are. So a patient who becomes critically ill from pneumonia may take weeks or even months to fully recover from potential complications.

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What is a group b strep test?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Culture for bacteria: Group b streptococcus is a bacteria present in the vagina and rectum in approximately 20% of women. The test involves a qtip swab of the vagina and rectum to see if the bacteria is present. This is usually done around the 35th week of pregnancy. If positive you will need antibiotics during labor to protect the baby from infection.
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What kind of illnesses are caused by group a streptococcal infection?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Several: Untreated streptococcal infection can cause permanent heart damage, kidney problems , arthritis, skin infections and more. That is why you should see your doctor if you have a sore throat to determine if you need antibiotics to prevent these complications.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Very serious : The seriousness dependes upon how symptomatic patient is, how large are the pneumonic infiltrates, how is the oxygenation and her a-a gradient whether or not there is septicemia and the response to the medications. Usually responds to antibiotics.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can pneumonia be prevented?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Vaccination, hygiene: Hand washing and getting the pneumonia vaccine (and getting your children vaccinated) reduce your chances of getting pneumonia. The pneumonia vaccine covers only some strains of one species of bacterium (streptococcus), but it covers the worst actors.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Actually, a vaccinologist told me that the pneumovax vacctination does NOT decrease the risk of getting pneumonococcal pneumonia! However, it does decrease the risk of side effects and reduces the severity of symptoms.
Dec 28, 2011
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Also a diet rich in antioxidants such as with fruits and vegetables is your best defense. I also recommend a probiotic daily. Since our gut contains 60% of our immune system, we need to keep our gut healthy. A good probiotic will replenish this good bacteria our bodies so desperately need to fight off disease.
Dec 28, 2011
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I clear my annoying house allergy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Indoor allergens : Indoor allergens are usually dust mites, pollens, molds, cockroache, and/or animal danders. Environmental control, minimizing exposure, may be of some help as are topical/oral medication. If those are not adequate allergen immunotherapy is usually indicated. In rare extreme situations you might need ro move, but the "grass isn't always greener". Need to see board certiified allergist.

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