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Is bilateral pneumonia in children dangerous?

Is bilateral pneumonia in children dangerous?

Possibly: With early recognition and proper treatment, most kids respond to treatment, including some as outpatients. If a kid has an unusual form of pneumonia (staph) or one that is unresponsive to antibiotics, their course can be quite difficult. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Yes: Most cases on bilateral pneumonia in children are caused by viruses or bacteria. These organisms can spread through droplets coughed out by the infected child into their surroundings & anyone nearby can inhale those droplets & thus acquire the infection if sufficient number of organisms have entered the lungs to start multiplying in the new host & cause infection. ...Read more

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How can children get pneumonia?

How can children get pneumonia?

From others: Lung infections (pneumonia) are usually transmitted from one person to another by inhaling the organism that causes it. ...Read more

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What are the home remedies for pneumonia in children?

What are the home remedies for pneumonia in children?

Simply said: Full bedrest, plenty of fluids, eat healthy meals and follow advice of physician and take all prescribed medications as directed. Do not miss your follow up appointment! ...Read more

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Should you have pets in bed with sick children pneumonia

Should you have pets in bed with sick children pneumonia

Pets: Pets can be a great comfort to us - especially when we're not feeling well. As long as the child does not have allergies or asthma associated with the pet, then it's likely not a problem. If the child is not used to a pet in the bed and the animal is keeping the child awake, then you may also want to move the pet out of the room. (my dog woofs and runs in his sleep which means he gets to sleep in the living room, not the bedrooms). ...Read more

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What is bilateral pneumonia? Its very bad for may 1 year and 8months baby?

What is bilateral pneumonia? Its very bad for may 1 year and 8months baby?

Yes: Please, please follow your doc's treastment recommendations and go to hospital if any signs the child is struggling. Look for blueness around mouth or hands, extreme fatigue, altered breathing pattern, change in behavior or responsiveness as signs to go back to hospital. ...Read more

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What is bilateral perihilar pneumonia?

What is bilateral perihilar pneumonia?

Region Involved: Peri hilar is the region of the lungs where the infection occurs. It is the area where the structures that form the roots of the left lun enter and leave this viscus:pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins, lymphatic vessels and bronchus with bronciial venis and arteries. ...Read more

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1yr/5mos had 2 pneumonia history. Now another bilateral pneumonia occurs. What to do to prevent this in the future?

1yr/5mos had 2 pneumonia history. Now another bilateral pneumonia occurs. What to do to prevent this in the future?

Pediatric pneumonia: You really need to take the children to an experienced pediatrician to have them fully evaluated for risk factors. If you are in Manila, Makati Medical Center, or if you don't have the resources, PGH. Cannot answer your question without being able to see your babies and examine and test them. Good luck and hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia in children damage their lungs?

Does pneumonia in children damage their lungs?

Most often no: Kids' lungs are quite resilient and a quite good at healing very well after infections. Even after severe infections. The vast majority of children recover extremely well after a pneumonia with no future problems. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

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). ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read more

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Could having pneumonia as a child stop a man from fathering children?

Could having pneumonia as a child stop a man from fathering children?

No: Pneumonia does not cause male infertility or inability to father children. Certain viral infections are rarely associated with male infertility. The MMR vaccine is very important in preventing some of these viral infections. ...Read more

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Can me or my children get catch pneumonia (bacterial) from our cat who has it?

Can me or my children get catch pneumonia (bacterial) from our cat who has it?

Mgt: It is possible depending on the type of bacterial cause. Routes from animals to humans include inhalation of aerosolized droplets and saliva.
A virtual in box consult is available to further review if there are respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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My preemie (12 month adjusted) has just been diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and I don't know what to do?

Mgt: I would suggest a virtual inbox consultation. I would like to better advise. Generally at this adjusted age, depending on the extent of the underlying lung disease, the illness can be self limited and resolves in two weeks eg. Vaccinations including the flu vaccine should be administered as scheduled per your PCP. If there is any fast breathing, grunting, use of rib cage muscles, please see the ED ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic for bilateral interstitial pneumonia?

What kind of antibiotic for bilateral interstitial pneumonia?

Severe Lung Disease: Acute interstitial pneumonia also called hamman rich syndrome. It is rare severe lung condition that affects otherwise healthy people. There is no known cause and cure
these patients are treated in ICU in hospital. And often require ventilation support, steroids are used intravenously and since it is not caused by infecton antibiotics are not usually needed. Often the condition is fatal in 60% of time. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Yes: Bacterial pneumonia is more dangerous in the extremes of age - the very young and the very old. Their immune systems are sometimes not capable of fighting off the infection on their own and therefore should be treated appropriately in consultation with your doctor. For complicated/difficult cases in children, it may require the expertise of a pediatric pulmonologist to guide therapy. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

Yes: It is more dangerous in that more severe illness and even death is statistically more common in the very young or the elderly. In both age groups pneumonia is still usually readily treatable with appropriate antibiotics and support. The highest risk of serious illness occurs not just with age, but with the existence of some other underlying disease. (cancer, heart disease, hiv, etc.). ...Read more

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What happens to children who have BOOP (bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)?

What happens to children who have BOOP (bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)?

Variable outcome: Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (boop) is a rare condition in children. Limited data show most get better and some do not. It is an inflammation of the tiny airways of the lungs. Some causes include medications (chemotherapy), bone marrow transplant and other inflammatory diseases. Oral steroids are used for treatment. Your pulmonologist is best able to help with this problem. ...Read more

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Bilateral pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion-- can this be fatal?

Bilateral pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion-- can this be fatal?

Probably not...: This condition is typically treated with antibiotcs and drainage of the effusion with a chest tube if it is large enough. Generally it is not fatal; however, if severe enough & not responsive to treatment, this can be very serious. ...Read more

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I understand that a "patchy consolidation" can be indicative of pneumonia. But could someone have a patchy consolidation if he also had, for instance, COPD & bilateral pleural effusions?

I understand that a "patchy consolidation" can be indicative of pneumonia. But could someone have a patchy consolidation if he also had, for instance, COPD & bilateral pleural effusions?

Yes it can be: Some one with COPD and bilateral effusion can also have Patchy Consolidation. It may be due to a co existing Pneumonia or it may be due to pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) or Atelectasis (Collapse of Lung)That is why we always say to medical students and residents, that we never treat the xray findings. But first History/Physical and xray in the context of Patients clinical presentation ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are adults more likely to get pneumonia from chicken pox (varicella pneumonia) than children are?

I'm wondering why are adults more likely to get pneumonia from chicken pox (varicella pneumonia) than children are?

Because.: Many illnesses that are mild when they occur in childhood are more more severe when contracted as an adult. It may be that the immune response is over-reactive in the adult organism & that this hyper-response is at least partially responsible for the severity of symptoms in adults. Mononucleosus is typically worse when occurring in adults and adolescent. In younger children its just like a cold. ...Read more

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A 4 yr old boy had interstitial pneumonia, bilateral result by x-ray procedure what is treatment to her. Thank u very much?

NeedsToBeTreated ICU: Intertitial Pnumonia in 4 years old needs to be treated in Hospital often in IntensiveCare Unit as often there is need for Mechanical Ventilation. Therapy with Corticosteroid is attempted although it's usefulness is not known
It is a serious condition at any age
I hope He is in hospital under care of Pediatric PulmonoogIst ...Read more

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Why would my allergist wants me to have the pneumonia shot usually given to children instead of the adult vaccine?

Why would my allergist wants me to have the pneumonia shot usually given to children instead of the adult vaccine?

Pneumovax23...: ...Is the shot usually recommended for adult asthmatics, but it may be given to anyone over the age of 2, so in a way it, too, is a "kid shot.". ...Read more

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Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?

Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?

Very bad: The cancer does not have to try to spread, it already has. Discuss this with the person's doctor and get an estimate of how long they are expected to survive and whether it is time to call in hospice. You also need to ask what further therapy is likely to make a meaningful difference in survival and whether that survival is functional or just further misery. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had lung ctscan showing groundglass opacities n bilateral lower&right upper lobe representing cellular nonspecific interstitial pneumonia what is it?

I had lung ctscan showing groundglass opacities n bilateral lower&right upper lobe representing cellular nonspecific interstitial pneumonia what is it?

Need evaluation: Ground glass opacity could represent simple pneumonia or serious lung problem. Better to consult a pulmonogist and may require lung biopsy if persist. ...Read more

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What issues can occur with someone with stage 4 breast cancer with mets to the brain and now bilateral pneumonia? What are signs of it worsening?

What issues can occur with someone with stage 4 breast cancer with mets to the brain and now bilateral pneumonia? What are signs of it worsening?

Decompensation: The symptoms of brain metastases vary depending upon the location of these lesions. When there are pulmonary changes, you must be ceratin they are not due to cancer in the lungs. Pneumonia may respond to a course on antibiotics while lung metastases will not. ...Read more