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Can pneumonia or bronchitis cause a horrible smelling cough/breath that infiltrates a whole room? The smell is AWFUL!

Can pneumonia or bronchitis cause a horrible smelling cough/breath that infiltrates a whole room? The smell is AWFUL!

Anaerobic infection: Infection of lung, especially abscess formation with anaerobic organisms can cause foul smell. You may consult this site for more information: http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/299425-overview ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

What can cause a metallic taste with phlegm coming up with post pneumonia cough?

Side effect: The metallic taste may sometimes be a side effect of the antibiotics that are frequently used to treat the pneumonia. Hence the metallic taste may not have much to do with the phlegm itself. ...Read more

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Is there a way to identify fungal pneumonia or one caused by protozoa, without bronchoscopy, if one can't cough a mucus sample out for testing?

Is there a way to identify fungal pneumonia or one caused by protozoa, without bronchoscopy, if one can't cough a mucus sample out for testing?

Potentially: You could try a hypertonic saline nebulizer of a mucomyst neb treatment. These 2 drugs will induce a cough and make it easier to cough up a sputum sample. If this doesn't work, bronchoscopy is your best option. ...Read more

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Will running a ceiling fan cause pneumonia in my 11 month old daughter if she is battling a cold /flu? Mainly just a good cough now.

Will running a ceiling fan cause pneumonia in my 11 month old daughter if she is battling a cold /flu? Mainly just a good cough now.

No: Pneumonia is caused by germs not fans. However, any kid with flu can develop pneumonia as part of the illness. Just keep a good eye on things. ...Read more

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I'm a 38yo w/ chest cold & productive cough. My chest Xray ruled out pneumonia but showed coarse interstitial markings. What's the likely cause?

I'm a 38yo w/ chest cold & productive cough. My chest Xray ruled out pneumonia but showed coarse interstitial markings. What's the likely cause?

Inflammation: The coarse interstitial markings are likely from the inflammation of your lungs due to the chest cold. This should go away after you have gotten over your chest cold and congestion. ...Read more

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Got chills all day yesterday and body aches 100.1 fever, headache. Today have little cough. Take Neurontin (gabapentin) 200mg 1xday. Could this cause pneumonia?

Got chills all day yesterday and body aches 100.1 fever, headache. Today have little cough. Take Neurontin (gabapentin) 200mg 1xday. Could this cause pneumonia?

No: You have picked up an illness, most likely viral. Your Neurontin has nothing to do with it. Rest, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) fluids, contact your doctor if not better in a few days. ...Read more

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Could prescribed meds w steroids for persistent cough from bronchitis and walking pneumonia cause dysfunction of parathyroid or hyperparathyroidism?

Could prescribed meds w steroids for persistent cough from bronchitis and walking pneumonia cause dysfunction of parathyroid or hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroidism: Primary hyperparathyroidism results from overproduction of parathormone. There is oversecretion of PTH due to adenoma, hyperplasia or, rarely, carcinoma of the parathyroid glands. Secondary disease is seldom if ever due to corticosteroids. The answer is basically no. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a baby has pneumonia or just a cough?

How can you tell if a baby has pneumonia or just a cough?

See doctor: Physical exam and possibly chest x-ray may be necessary, but this will depend upon the clinical history and findings by your doctor. ...Read more

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Pneumonia for 3rd time in Feb. Cough lasted 4mo., ended and recently started w/ no other symptoms. I'm 20 & smoke so I'm worried it may be something else?

Pneumonia for 3rd time in Feb. Cough lasted 4mo., ended and recently started w/ no other symptoms. I'm 20 & smoke so I'm worried it may be something else?

Mgt/workup: I would recommend seeing your PCP and having a sputum analysis performed, including cytology on three separate samples. In the meantime, the American Lung Association can help you with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a chesty cough and pneumonia?

What's the difference between a chesty cough and pneumonia?

Cough: Cough is a symptom with many possible causes. Pneumonia is only one and not even the most common. Chest cough assumes that it stems from the chest. ...Read more

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Can having a cold or cough for a while turn to pneumonia or not?

Can having a cold or cough for a while turn to pneumonia or not?

Pneumonia: Viral illnesses can leave you more susceptible to developing bacterial infections to include pneumonia. Not everyone who has a prolonged cough will develop pneumonia. A cold can sometimes be mistaken for pneumonia and can be difficult to differentiate without a medical professional who puts the signs & symptoms along with diagnostic testing together! ...Read more

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How would I know if my baby has pneumonia instead of a regular cough?

How would I know if my baby has pneumonia instead of a regular cough?

Doctor evaluation: If the baby appears very ill or is not getting better the only way to know for sure is to have a health professional exam the baby. Based on details of the babies symptoms, findings on physical exam and maybe lab tests (chest x rays, blood tests) if needed they can answer this question. ...Read more

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Can I give banana to my baby suffering with pneumonia. Do banana makes cough?

Can I give banana to my baby suffering with pneumonia. Do banana makes cough?

Bananas ok: Bananas are good kid nutrition at any point a baby is willing to eat after the introduction of foods. They do not promote cough. ...Read more

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For what length of time can I expect a cough to last after recovering from pneumonia?

For what length of time can I expect a cough to last after recovering from pneumonia?

Could be a while: Unfortunately a cough that results from significant lung infection like pneumonia can last from a couple of weeks to even several months. The other symptoms like fever and mucus production should resolve much more quickly with treatment however. ...Read more

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My 7 month is in the hosp for cough / poss pneumonia her oxygen has been 89 90 is this ok and why?

My 7 month is in the hosp for cough / poss pneumonia her oxygen has been 89 90 is this ok and why?

No: The reason they're keeping him/her in the hospital is that a baby's oxygen saturation should be above 97% so they're probably giving him/her extra oxygen. As the pneumonia or respiratory process gets better, that should improve. ...Read more

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Both my kids had pneumonia and continue to suffer from cough and cold, what homemade remedies should I follow?

Both my kids had pneumonia and continue to suffer from cough and cold, what homemade remedies should I follow?

Kids sick: Be sure the children are healthy otherwise and do not have conditions e.g. Allergies or something lowering their immunity system. Have a healthy diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and wild salmon and sardines, nuts. Be sure they are not esposed to smoke or other chemical irritants. Give vitamins especially vitamin D3 in significant doses (check with your doctor). ...Read more

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Suffered from Pneumonia just before Christmas. Since then, I have been suffering on/off with a mild, mostly dry cough. Is this the norm?

Suffered from Pneumonia just before Christmas. Since then, I have been suffering on/off with a mild, mostly dry cough. Is this the norm?

Mgt: Sometimes there can be a residual cough after a pneumonia. I would suggest that your physician check your lung function test with and without a bronchodilator. There may be reactivity of the airway which can be treated with albuterol.
If you still have congestion, a nasal saline rinse can help.
A virtual follow up appt can be made to discuss. ...Read more

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3 years ago I had small pneumonia. Haven't been sick since. Now 3 days ago. Cough starts. Yesterday stuff head. Tempis 100.am I at risk of pneumonia? ?

3 years ago I had small pneumonia. Haven't been sick since. Now 3 days ago. Cough starts. Yesterday stuff head. Tempis 100.am I at risk of pneumonia? ?

Mgt: There is a chance of pneumonia, but based on your symptoms and temperature, it is not that likely.
If your cough worsens, is associated with difficulty breathing, or fever, please follow up with your PCP.
In the meantime, rest, drink fluids and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia and pee when I cough. Why?

I have pneumonia and pee when I cough. Why?

Here's some...: Clinically, you may have stress urinary incontinence resulting from the pressure inside the bladder at coughs exceeding your urethra can close and resist; that's common in many women after childbirth and will worsen over time, but regular Kegel exercise may help to a degree. More? Ask doc timely. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia, how long does cough last?

Walking pneumonia, how long does cough last?

Walking pneumonia: This is a poor and virtually meaningless term referring primarily to whether a patient requires hospitalization or can be treated as an outpatient. The duration of cough will depend upon the organism involved. If mycoplasma pneumoniae the cough can be present for many weeks making you wonder if you have cancer. If bacterial it may be very brief, as long as major airways not involved. ...Read more

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I was sick last weekend but I 5still have a cough with phlegm could it be Pneumonia?

I was sick last weekend but I 5still have a cough with phlegm could it be Pneumonia?

Yes it: Could. IT may also be just viral syndrome. Drink plenty of fluids. If condition fails to improve or worsen seek help ...Read more

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Is there a possibility that you are diagnose with tuberculosis or pneumonia even if you don't have a cough?

Is there a possibility that you are diagnose with tuberculosis or pneumonia even if you don't have a cough?

Possible: Usually TB or pneumonia have some symptoms. Sometimes you can find a lesion on x-ray which may turn out to be tb. But pneumonias such as fungal infection can also be chance finding. ...Read more

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I had pneumonia and it went away but there is still a cough. Is this normal? How do I get rid of this annoying cough?

Let me explain: How do you know it went away?
You have to be sure clinically and by x-ray.
Go back to your doctor and tell about the cough he will give you something for it. (some thing have Codeine with it, it will get red of the cough). ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more