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Chemical Pneumonitis In Children
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
How long does it take chemical pneumonia take to go away by itself? If it was from an acute exposure
Weeks: Chemcal pneumonia (or pneumonitis) causes irritation to the cells in the lung. Generally not an actual pneumonia like that caused by bacteria. Aspiration (from out stomachs) is most common. It can take days to weeks to resolve. Remember that the cells lining the lung have been damaged and are trying to heal. ...Read more
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
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
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
M.D. visit: After an infection in the lungs, there may be inflammation which can last weeks to months. Most infections will resolve within 1 week to 10 days. If the infection is not well controlled, persistent symptoms including fever and an abnormal chest radiograph at 6 weeks may occur. Your physician may consider repeating the chest x ray, ordering a complete white cell count, after further assessment. ...Read more
My son has got damp in his room and he's got a chesty cough and it stinks like some sort of chemical what does that mean? And does pneumonia smell
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
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
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
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
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
Shortness of breath, with cough and drainage. My mouth is always dry. I was exposed to some chemicals at work. Could I have chemical pneumonia?
Depends...: ...On what kind of pneumonitis. Viral pneumonitis mostly resolves without treatment, others may not. ...Read more
Symptoms include...: Symptoms of acute bronchitis include cold symptoms, cough productive of sputum, fever, body aches, wheezing, decreased appetite, fatigue, etc. Not every symptom needs to be present. The symptoms of acute pneumonitis can be very similar although the cough and sputum production symptoms are typically not as severe unless bronchospasm is present. ...Read more
Varied symptoms: Symptoms of interstitial pneumonitis can be variable - chronic cough, shortness of breath, reduced exercise capacity. Symptoms depend on the extent & severity of lung involvement, age of patient, associated medical conditions, underlying cause etc. Talk to your doctor/pulmonologist if you have concerns. ...Read more
Multiple: Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is inflammation of the lungs due to breathing in a foreign substance, usually certain types of dust, fungus, or molds. Symptoms of acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis may occur 4 - 6 hours after you have left the area where the foreign substance is found. Symptoms may include: chills, cough, fever, malaise, shortness of breath. ...Read more
Chemical Pneumonitis (Definition)
Inflammation of the lung caused by aspirating or inhaling irritants. ...Read more