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Do You Always Have A Fever With Pneumonia
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 had a severe pneumonia. Is that normal? I still have a little left. I've been taking motrin everyday. I'm still geting fevers. That normal? What 2 do
Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
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?
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
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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