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I am 19, healthy, and active. I have had pneumonia 4 times in the past year. I do not have asthma. I have a family history of autoimmune. What's wrong?

I am 19, healthy, and active. I have had pneumonia 4 times in the past year. I do not have asthma. I have a family history of autoimmune. What's wrong?

If u truly had it: 4 times in the past year, documented pneumonia clinically and by x-ray, you ought to see an allergist/immunologist to investigate your immune system. Most of the time the label "pneumonia" is given to bronchitis or other chest condition, not pneumonia, even asthma. At any rate an allergist/immunologist would decipher your case, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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7 weeks post left lobar pneumonia and right lower fluid, ct scan shows scarring inflammation right lower. Is this post pneumonia? Autoimmune disease?

7 weeks post left lobar pneumonia and right lower fluid, ct scan shows scarring inflammation right lower. Is this post pneumonia? Autoimmune disease?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia and empyema (pus in the pleural space) can produce scarring, depending on the organism, the duration of infection and your reaction to it. Autoimmune disease would be less likely with what you describe, but if this concerns you greatly, seeing an infectious diseases expert or a pulmonologist might be helpful. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia?

Do I have pneumonia?

How could we tell?: This is the public information HT site. You get the most from the site when you provide background information on a problem and ask a specific question based on that information. Without symptoms and other description of your problem, we have no basis for any conclusions. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are never linked & go to the site at random. ...Read more

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How to cure pneumonia?

How to cure pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus.
Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics. The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. The patient will need to see a doctor for exam, investigation and treatment. ...Read more

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What is pre-pneumonia?

No such medical cond: Your doctor maay be trying to simplify for you to understand that you might develop pneumonia, which can happen if you have bronchitis following sore throat and upper respiratory virus infections which are very common. Sometimes a pneumonia will follow after such infections. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia be cured?

Can pneumonia be cured?

Pneumonia: Antibiotics will fix bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonia fixes itself. Fungal will need anti fungal treatment ...Read more

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Can you die from pneumonia?

Can you die from pneumonia?

Sometimes: Sometimes pneumonia is a simple viral process that self heals. It can also be an aggressive bacteria that invades the body starting with the lungs and can kill within days if not discovered and treated. Jim Henson, the puppet master that created the MUPPETS did not get treated for his pneumonia until it was too late, and died because of it. ...Read more

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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray. ...Read more

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How dangerous is pneumonia?

How dangerous is pneumonia?

PNA treatable.: In a young person, like yourself it's usually treatable without much danger. In an older person with significant medical issue, however, could be fatal. Pneumonia needs to be taken seriously and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What medicine for pneumonia?

It depends.: There are different types of bacteria that cause bacterial pneumonia in the community. Infections acquired in the hospital can be caused by different bugs. Viral pneumonia would not respond to any antibiotics. On rare occasions pneumonia could be cause by a fungus. ...Read more

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Could I be getting pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Need more information. If you are having fever, cough with sputum production, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, etc., you may be getting pneumonia, but this needs careful evaluation by a clinician. If you suspect you may have pneumonia you should be seen by a doctor asap. ...Read more

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How is pneumonia transmitted?

Respiratory droplets: Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks. The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people. ...Read more

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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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Symptoms of pneumonia are what?

Symptoms of pneumonia are what?

Pneumonia: Fever, cough, production of sputum, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, and a variety of minor issues. The confirmation, however, is the presence of changes in lung tissue by x-ray. ...Read more

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What is the cause for pneumonia?

What is the cause for pneumonia?

Pneumonia: An inflammatory condition of the tissues of the lung may be caused by infection, drug reactions, tumors, autoimmune conditions and trauma among others. ...Read more

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What causes pneumonia in tweens?

What causes pneumonia in tweens?

Many possibilities: Viral pneumonias probably most common in this age group, but atypical pneumonias (mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella) can also occur. Bacterial pneumonias are less common in this age group, but do occur. ...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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Are there multiple types of pneumonia?

Hundreds: There are many dozens upon dozens of types of pneumonia, specifically related to what has caused it, what is affected, degree of infection, etc. Virus, bacteria, mycobacteria, chemicals, inherited diseases, etc can all result in pneumonia of one type or another. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia? What is its origin?

What is pneumonia? What is its origin?

Few causes: Most pneumonias caused by inhalation of organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungii. Defense mechanism of body reacts to infection with white blood cells as defense. More pneumonias occur in immune compromised individuals. Aspiration is another cause of pneumonia, Food and liquids go into lungs. A lot of times patient drunk or neurologically compromised. ...Read more

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What do infectologists do for pneumonia?

Hmmmmmm?: I assume you are referring to an "infectious disease" doctor. An id doctor is an internest who has subspecialized in infectious diseases. They treat and make recommendations for treatment on many infection states. Some practice independently and treat a panel of patients primarily. Most are consultants to other physicians and make recommendatins on treatment. They are a expert on pneumonia. ...Read more

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How and how come people die from pneumonia?

How and how come people die from pneumonia?

Host or bacteria: Either the host had a weak immune system or the host was unlucky enough to be infected with a very virulent strain. Once pneumonia cause respiratory failure and the person needs ICU than a myriad of complications can occur. ...Read more

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What are the different causes of pneumonia?

Dozens: Pneumonia (inflammation of lungs) may be due to non-infectious conditions including medications, collogen-vascular disease, conditions like sarcoidosis, etc. It can also be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites. It can occur by aspiration of material from above, extension thru the blood stream, by direct penetration or extension from adjacent structures. Complex subject. ...Read more

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How to know if I have asperation pneumonia?

Cough, fever, sob: It might happen after you have inadvertently aspirated. There is an incubation period, but a focus of infection can be set up leading to fever, cough, shortness of breath to name a few symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the signs or symptoms of pneumonia?

Pneumonia.: Symptoms include cough, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, chills and sweats. Can develop quickly or can take some time, depending on the bacterium/virus involved. Signs include a measured fever and typical findings on a chest X-ray. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from having pneumonia?

Is it possible to die from having pneumonia?

PNA treatable.: In a young person, it's usually treatable without much danger. In an older person with significant medical issue, however, could be fatal. Pneumonia needs to be taken seriously and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Is it okay that I am concerned about pneumonia?

Is it okay that I am concerned about pneumonia?

How concerned?: If someone you love died or suffered badly with pneumonia, it may affect you. Hopefully it will make you not want to smoke -- the habit increases risk. If you have the obsessive idea that you will get pneumonia, and it's troubling you, a short course of psychotherapy to learn to substitute better thoughts / understand yourself might be in order. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more