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Can a malaria infection cause severe breathing problems?

Can a malaria infection cause severe breathing problems?

Malaria: Complicated malaria can cause occlusion of small blood vessels due to parasite filled cells. This can cause cerebral malaria. Also pulmonary edema ( water logged lungs) can occur from a similar process. This can lead to shortness of breath. Usually this is a serious disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

The word comes from italian "mala aria" (bad air), from the belief the disease was caused by unhealthy air in swampy districts. Spread by mosquitoes, the parasite enter the bloodstream & infect red blood cells causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to 4 weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


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Would malaria infection create breathing difficulty?

Would malaria infection create breathing difficulty?

Not initially: That would be an uncommon symptom initially, though it could occur eventually with severe malaria, since people who are severely anemic (which can be a consequence of malaria) breathe more rapidly to compensate for their anemia. ...Read more

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What bactirial infection can cause very high fever, vomiting, breathing problems, chest pains, severe muscle & joint pain, diahydration, disoriantation, ?

What bactirial infection can cause very high fever, vomiting, breathing problems, chest pains, severe muscle & joint pain, diahydration, disoriantation, ?

Many: The symptoms you describe are very common to different infections, bacterial and viral.Proper evaluation with lab work is necessary to identify the infectios agent. ...Read more

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What are some of the causes and treatments for long term coughing and breathing problems with lupus (lse) when no infection or fever.

What are some of the causes and treatments for long term coughing and breathing problems with lupus (lse) when no infection or fever.

SLE affects lungs : The inflammatory sle process often affects the lungs and surrounding tissue. Lupus can scar the lungs making them stiffer causing shortness of breath with panting respirations, fatigue and a chronic dry cough. It can also inflame the pleura and chest wall causing chest pain. Treatment of sle lung usually involves corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory agents such as methotrexate. ...Read more

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I have breathing problems, could be start of chest infection?

I have breathing problems, could be start of chest infection?

Depends on duration: If problems have been over many mths or years then not an infection. An infection may be due to your underlying lung problem. If symptoms started within a few days then yes this could be an infection. Need to follow up with yoru md. Alsi if you smoke you need to stop. ...Read more

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What could cause continuing pain, pressure and difficulty breathing in nose 3.5 months after septoplasty? Recent CT shows no infection.

What could cause continuing pain, pressure and difficulty breathing in nose 3.5 months after septoplasty? Recent CT shows no infection.

Persisted deviation: If the primary reason for septoplasty was deviated septum, or correction of collapsed septum, the deformity may have persisted or recurred.It could be a chronic septal hematoma or may be internal valve problem.Your best course is to go back to your original surgeon for help, or fiind another one who can help you. ...Read more

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Can Macrobid cause breathing problems i'm sscared to take it?

Can Macrobid cause breathing problems i'm sscared to take it?

Possible: Pulmonary side effects are among more rare and serious adverse effects of this medication but not common. ...Read more

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Could having sleep apnea for so many years be the cause in having breathing problems when i exercise?

Could having sleep apnea for so many years be the cause in having breathing problems when i exercise?

Potentially: Sleep apnea causes cardiovascular problems and pulmonary hypertension. But also, many other factors like nasal valve and septum issues, narrow posterior airway, cardiomyopathy, valvular problems, and many more be the cause as well. ...Read more

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I take .5m of Xanax (alprazolam) when needed but noticed when I took it last time on a flight I woke almost gasping for air. Will Xanax (alprazolam) cause breathing problems?

I take .5m of Xanax (alprazolam) when needed but noticed when I took it last time on a flight I woke almost gasping for air. Will Xanax (alprazolam) cause breathing problems?

Unlikely: No, this could be that you are having more anxiety due to the situation- flight? Xanax (alprazolam) is not usually associated with xanax, (alprazolam) but it is not impossible that it is a "less common" side effect. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more