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Can viral pneumonia kill you?

Can viral pneumonia kill you?

Sometimes: Most cases of viral pneumonia are relatively mild and resolve spontaneously. There are exceptions. Influenza pneumonia can cause a severe life threatening pneumonia even in otherwise healthy people. In patients whose immune system is compromised a more severe viral pneumonia can occur. This might be seen in those with hiv, after and organ transplant or after cancer chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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What is the probability that pneumonia in older people will kill them?

What is the probability that pneumonia in older people will kill them?

Variable: That depends on the type of pneumonia, the severity, their immune system, other health conditions (such as asthma or copd). There isn't a one size fits all response for this. ...Read more

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My arm is killing me from the pneumonia shot. What do you recommend?

My arm is killing me from the pneumonia shot. What do you recommend?

Depends: If there is redness and it feels warm to the touch compared to the other arm see your doctor. Infection should be ruled out. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my arm is killing me from the pneumonia shot., what do you suggest?

Take NSAID: Usually inflammation at the site of vaccination is due to immune reaction to previous memory of the same antigen which manifest as inflammation. This could be suppressed by using nsaid, but make sure the site is not infected. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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Will my ca MRSA kill me?Only symptoms I have are boils. I'm scared to get pneumonia or get in my blood. How will i know if it does? (only 20yrs old)

Will my ca MRSA kill me?Only symptoms I have are boils. I'm scared to get pneumonia or get in my blood. How will i know if it does? (only 20yrs old)

Probably not...: Most patients with community-acquired MRSA have the skin symptoms that you describe. With treatment, the infection is not likely to become a systemic infection so pneumonia and certainly death are not likely to occur. If the infection were to become systemic, you would experience fever, chills, etc. If you do develop these symptoms, see your doctor or go to the er, but this is unlikely w/ therapy. ...Read more

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I'm so confused! some dr's say do & some say don't get the flu shot...I literally have noooo idea what to do! does the flu kill or is it pneumonia?

I'm so confused! some dr's say do & some say don't get the flu shot...I literally have noooo idea what to do! does the flu kill or is it pneumonia?

Wow- which doctors: Have recommended against the flu shot? Influenza can be lethal. Influenza can make you feel really, really ill. I recommend all my patients get their flu shot annually. ...Read more

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Just getting over walking pneumonia but today i woke up with a bad sore throat its killing me a stuffy nose hurts to swallow could i b get sick again?

Just getting over walking pneumonia but today i woke up with a bad sore throat its killing me a stuffy nose hurts to swallow could i b get sick again?

Possibly: You didn't mention whether you have fever or chills along with this. However your clinical history & medications warrants you calling your doctor first and letting her or him know that you're feeling sick with a sore throat. They can instruct you what to do. In the meantime, use warm, saline gargles, hydrate and rest. That is comforting and easy to do from home. Keep your neck warm and covered. ...Read more

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I am suffering from pnimonia . And I am feeling a smell more at night and morning . What is that smell . How can I feel relax . This smell is killing.

I am suffering from pnimonia . And I am feeling a smell more at night and morning . What is that smell . How can I feel relax . This smell is killing.

Infection: I am sorry you are suffering from pneumonia. The smell is probably from the infection/pus. Pus is a collection of dead bacteria and dead white blood cells. An infection caused by anaerobic bacteria can be very smelly. Go to a doctor and get appropriate antibiotics for the pneumonia. Try to relax. Once you get the proper treatment the smell should resolve. ...Read more