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Does pneumonia always have a fever with it?

Does pneumonia always have a fever with it?

Usually: Pneumonia is generally described as a febrile illness with a cough and a chest x-ray finding consistent with infection in one or more lobes of the lung. Immune compromised patients or very elderly patients may not have a fever.... But even they usually do. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Does pneumonia always have a fever? What are some symptoms to look for at home?

Does pneumonia always have a fever? What are some symptoms to look for at home?

Bacterial pneumonia: Bacterial pneumonia generally has a fever. And a cough, which produces a lot of phlegm. There may be other signs as well - difficulty breathing, pain in the chest (especially when breathing in), & other signs of infection. The clinical triad (fever, cough, dyspnea) is seen a fair amount of time, but up to 20% of the time, you could be missing 1 of these signs & still have pneumonia (& the other 2) ...Read more

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I have a bad cough and chest pain. I don't have a fever. Can you have pneumonia without a fever? Or do you always have a fever?

I have a bad cough and chest pain. I don't have a fever. Can you have pneumonia without a fever? Or do you always have a fever?

Either: You can have pneumonia without fever although it is usually present. If you have severe or worsening shortness of breath, high fever, vomiting, or any other worsening symptoms you should go get an evaluation. ...Read more

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Just curious why my 5yo wouldn't have gotten a fever with pneumonia and ear infection? She has juicy cough but acting completely normal. Little winded

Just curious why my 5yo wouldn't have gotten a fever with pneumonia and ear infection? She has juicy cough but acting completely normal. Little winded

Several Things...: How do you know she has pneumonia? You mention she is "winded" Does she have asthma? Is there a family history of asthma or allergies? Is she immunized? We don't see as many pneumococcal pneumonias as we did before prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) was approved. We can see mycoplasma or "walking pneumonia" as a cause of pneumonia in kids, which can cause low grade or no fever. Hard to say... ...Read more

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Why does pneumonia cause fever?

Why does pneumonia cause fever?

Chemicals: Infections cause the release of chemicals (interleukins) from white cells. These chemicals are extremely potent and mediate a variety of host responses to infection including raising your temperature. Your body seems to fight a bit better at warmer temps and some bacteria don't do as well. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia always present with a fever?

Does pneumonia always present with a fever?

Pneumonia: There are no specific symptoms in patients with pneumonia that are present all the time, including fever. Whether you mount a fever or not depends on many variables, but the key to diagnosing pneumonia is the demonstration that the lung tissues are involved, usually by imaging studies, although a good clinician can demonstrate this by exam at the bedside. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have pneumonia with out a fever?

Could you potentially have pneumonia with out a fever?

Yes: Yes, I see it all the time. Especially if you are immune compromised. Btw I'm originally from your neck of the woods. I went to port jefferson high school. Elvhs
feel better. ...Read more

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Should coughing persist after pneumonia is cured and fever is over?

Should coughing persist after pneumonia is cured and fever is over?

May persist weeks: It is not uncommon for a cough from pneumonia linger for a couple of weeks after the fever and other symptoms disappear. The cough is part of the "clean up" of the lung, as it helps you expel mucus.
If you think your child is worsening however, return to your childs doctor. ...Read more

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Could I really have pneumonia if no fever?

Could I really have pneumonia if no fever?

No fever pneumonia: Yes, absolutely. Fever may not occur with all infections. ...Read more

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Can the body heal itself of pneumonia heaviness in chest, slight fever

Can the body heal itself of pneumonia heaviness in chest, slight fever

If: If you think you may have pneumonia then you should see a doctor because bacterial pneumonia requires antibiotics, meaning the body will not "heal itself." chest heaviness and slight fever are very non-specific symptoms. A more detailed history, a physical exam, and necessary testing will help in making a diagnosis and directed treatment.
Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I have influenza, but my fever is breaking slightly. Can I still get pneumonia?

I have influenza, but my fever is breaking slightly. Can I still get pneumonia?

Yes: One of the major problems with influenza infections is that they can defeat the body's defense system and let other germs cause disease. Pneumonia caused by bacteria is a particular worry. Once your symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue) start to improve, they should continue to improve. If there is any worsening, contact your doctor right away. ...Read more

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My daughter has pneumonia and now my son has a fever. Could he be getting pneumonia?

My daughter has pneumonia and now my son has a fever. Could he be getting pneumonia?

Maybe, maybe not: Some forms of pneumonia are contagious and some not. The cold that may precede pneumonia is certainly contagious, and that may be all it is. Be vigilant and have your son evaluated if the symptoms amplify to the point you are concerned. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of valley fever in adults and is it mistaken at times for pneumonia?

What are the symptoms of valley fever in adults and is it mistaken at times for pneumonia?

Coccidiodomycosis: Valley fever is due to this systemic fungal infection and can present as pneumonia. In some people, particularly those who are immune compromised, this can become very severe and cause central nervous system infection, usually as meningitis. Most people resolve this spontaneously without major defects or need for therapy. ...Read more

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I've been sick the last few days (bronchitis, possible pneumonia now) my fever has been 103 to 102. Now it's 93.9. Should I be worried.?

I've been sick the last few days (bronchitis, possible pneumonia now) my fever has been 103 to 102. Now it's 93.9. Should I be worried.?

Too low...: That is too low of a temp. If you are still having symptoms, feeling sick please go to the emergency room now. A very low temperature may suggest a serious infection. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia and strep on Monday, I'm still feeling the same, but the fever isn't constant now. When am I able to go back to work?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia and strep on Monday, I'm still feeling the same, but the fever isn't constant now. When am I able to go back to work?

1 week: As long as you are feeling better and have no fever, 1 week is a reasonable time to return to work. If you are not recovering follow up with your doctor. All the best for a good recovery. ...Read more

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Strep pneumonia always have fever?

Strep pneumonia always have fever?

No: Not all infections have fever. You can have strep pneumonia without a fever. ...Read more

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Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?

Depends: This all depends on how large the stroke was and which parts of the brain were affected. Also, getting pneumonia on top of that likely complicated things. I wish him well, but unfortunately, you are at a "wait and see" point in his care. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter has a slight case of pneumonia and her fever now ranges between 99-100. Is this normal? It used to be between 102-104.

My 4 year old daughter has a slight case of pneumonia and her fever now ranges between 99-100. Is this normal? It used to be between 102-104.

Fever: Typically after 48 hours of antibiotics doctors like to see temperatures below 100.4, if not we need to re-evaluate the treatment and diagnosis. 99-100 is acceptable, but also be looking at her other symptoms.... Her respiratory rate, her energy level, her cough, if those are not improving that is cause for re eval as well. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia last week. Highest fever of 104.5 went down after a day. Feel much better, small cough. When can I return to training?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia last week. Highest fever of 104.5 went down after a day. Feel much better, small cough. When can I return to training?

When you are ready: Glad you are better. Go back to training when you feel up to it. Don't expect to return to your pre-illness form just yet. If this was really pneumonia (and not just some viral upper respiratory illness) you should expect to have some difficulty at first with endurance- or aerobic activities. My guess is you had the flu or a similar illness and yo are ready to go. ...Read more

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My son has been coughing for almost three weeks, he has no fever and 10 days ago was diagnosed with pneumonia how long will the cough last he is 13?

My son has been coughing for almost three weeks, he has no fever and 10 days ago was diagnosed with pneumonia how long will the cough last he is 13?

Post Pneumonia Cough: This cough can last weeks to months. Discuss with his doctor things that can be done to help such as inhalers, steroids and cough suppressants. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have pneumonia or bronchitis without a fever or having a cold/flu first?

Could you potentially have pneumonia or bronchitis without a fever or having a cold/flu first?

See below: What you are asking is whether the pneumonia can develop without earlier symptoms and the answer is yes it can suddenly happen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pneumonia or bronchitis without having fever or having a cold/flu first?

Is it possible to have pneumonia or bronchitis without having fever or having a cold/flu first?

Absolutely: You can have pneumonia or bronchitis, and the first symptoms you have are the symptoms of the pneumonia or bronchitis. Nothing else has to happen first. ...Read more

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I have been on amoxicillin for 5 days because of pneumonia. Shouldn't the fever and congestion gone?

I have been on amoxicillin for 5 days because of pneumonia. Shouldn't the fever and congestion gone?

Pneumonia: Usually, but not always, the symptoms would have begun turning around by now. Certainly, if they are not improving with in the next day or two, you should get back with the Doctor Who prescribed you the antibiotics in the first place, to be rechecked. If you are getting worse, see them immediately or go to the emergency room. Good luck. ...Read more

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Been having a cough in runny in drainage for a week now. Can this turn into pneumonia? Very worried cough is badder at night. Scared no fever.

Been having a cough in runny in drainage for a week now. Can this turn into pneumonia? Very worried cough is badder at night. Scared no fever.

Mgt: Upper respiratory infection may lead to pneumonia, but most viral illnesses resolve within 2 weeks. If you have fever, chills, a productive cough with thick sputum, please see your PCP. Cough can worsen at night due to post nasal drip, and a decongestant may help. Stay well hydrated, monitor your temperature and report changes to your physician. ...Read more

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Some kinda virus in our family. I got 102 fever for two days and a cough. Now fever free feeling better but coughing. Scared pneumonia. Pls reassure?

Some kinda virus in our family. I got 102 fever for two days and a cough. Now fever free feeling better but coughing. Scared pneumonia. Pls reassure?

Pneumonia unlikely: Sounds like influenza or something similar. If you had pneumonia, you would still have fever, and also would have chest pain and/or difficulty breathing. Your symptoms probably will start to improve soon. But see your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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I took a zpac for bronchitis and finished it 2 days ago. I still have a slight fever between 99.2-99.5 and still have symptoms. Could it be pneumonia?

I took a zpac for bronchitis and finished it 2 days ago. I still have a slight fever between 99.2-99.5 and still have symptoms. Could it be pneumonia?

Z pac: Chances are, your bronchitis may have been viral in origin and as a result did not respond to the z pac. It is unlikely that you have pneumonia, but the cough may linger for a week or longer. ...Read more

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When a high fever breaks on its own with no medicine does that mean the cold is almost over? Would zpak help keep pneumonia away, or is that a good rx

When a high fever breaks on its own with no medicine does that mean the cold is almost over? Would zpak help keep pneumonia away, or is that a good rx

Mgt: For your four year old daughter, preventative antibiotics are not suggested. Most of the illnesses at this age are viral and not treated with antibiotics. Certain conditions associated with underlying chronic infections though, may warrant the use of chronic antibiotics.
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Dr. Michael DePietro
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