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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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...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 have a fever with it?

No: There are many kinds of pneumonia or infection in the substance of the lung. Some have high fevers, many have lower fever and some have none. They vary by the germ causing the pneumonia and how much of the lung is infected. Fever may also vary by how strongly the body fights the infection. Usually, as fever goes away, the infection is getting better. ...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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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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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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more