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Bronco-pneumonia in a 22months old baby, how long has he been exposed to the bacteria/virus that can make him sick?
Varies/M.D.visit: Incubation periods vary depending on the underlying cause, and viral shedding can persist for weeks and even months. Infection of the airways may be caused by a number of viruses or bacteria. In particular, RSV and meta pneumovirus at this age can be associated with bronchiolitis and pneumonia. If there is fever, prolonged cough, respiratory difficulty, please follow up with you doctor. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colored phlegm,fever: A cough productive of colored (yellow/green or other colors) phlegm. Elderly patients often do not have fever. Other signs to look for are rapid heart rate, chest pain. Prompt treatment of pneumonia with antibiotics and diagnosis with chest exam/chest xray is important. Additional risk factors such as underlying disease of smoking/hypertension/diabetes make someone more prone to infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibiotics depends: It vis treated with antibiotics and the choice of antibiotics depends on whether it is nursing home aquired pneumonia, community aquired pneumonia, hospital aquired pneumonia and if it is in pediatric age group or young patients, diabetics or geriatric age group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungus. It can be diagnosed by a physician by chest x-ray in most cases. Most cases (if caught early enough) can be easily treated as an outpatient. It becomes more problematic in the elderly, and more medically frail patients so get evaluated by your doctor if you believe you have it! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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