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Is it possible to get pneumonia more than once? If so, is it worse the second time (i have lung scars) or better (immune system memory)?

Is it possible to get pneumonia more than once?  If so, is it worse the second time (i have lung scars) or better (immune system memory)?

Yes, it is: Pneumonia isn't a specific disease so much as fluid collecting in the air spaces of the lungs. This can be caused by a wide variety of pathogens, some of which we become immune to (some viruses) but many of which we do not (bacteria, mycoplasma, etc). So you can have pneumonia multiple times. This doesn't mean that future cases will be better or worse, although bad cases can damage the lungs. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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76 year old male with elevated d dimer, shortness of breath, slight lung opacity and evidence of scar tissue on lungs. Is this pneumonia?

76 year old male with elevated d dimer, shortness of breath, slight lung opacity and evidence of scar tissue on lungs.  Is this pneumonia?

Any fever?: The person obviously saw a doctor, what did the doctor say who examined the patient, say? The doctor who saw him has more information than is feasible in this forum. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis and treatment for scarring on the lungs due to repeated pneumonia?

What is the diagnosis and treatment for scarring on the lungs due to repeated pneumonia?

Depends on cause: Recurrent pneumonia should be investigated and cause of the scarring determined to ensure that there is no ongoing inflammation in the involved segment of the lung. Treatment depends on underlying cause that is identified. If there is persistent infection in the lungs, it can lead to development of bronchiectasis over time. Please consult a lung specialist for detailed assessment. ...Read more

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Do you have to treat walking pneumonia? If recovered without treatment, does it leave permanent scarring in the lungs?

Do you have to treat walking pneumonia? If recovered without treatment, does it leave permanent scarring in the lungs?

In a way: In a way, you need to treat of course, as if it was viral (your probable case since you recovered without antibiotics) you would rest and push fluids and treat it supportively. If bacterial, you would need antibiotics. Usually, the body will heal itself, but on a rare occasion, you may leave some scarring from an old infection. ...Read more

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Father has multiple small lung nodules. Does not smoke. Had pneumonia several times and scarring from it on lungs 25 yrs ago. Is 70. Risk of cancer?

Father has multiple small lung nodules. Does not smoke. Had pneumonia several times and scarring from it on lungs 25 yrs ago. Is 70. Risk of cancer?

Possible: Histoplasmosis and granulomas more common in midwest.
Comparison with old x-rays or ct is very helpful.
New multiple lesions, and growth of lesions inclines to cancer. ...Read more

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I recently had a ct scan with contrast. It said I had some linear scarring in lower left lung. Everything else looked ok. I had a small granuloma on a previous scan same area. I had pneumonia in that area a year ago. I have great oxygen. That was all that

I recently had a ct scan with contrast. It said I had some linear scarring in lower left lung. Everything else looked ok. I had a small granuloma on a previous scan same area. I had pneumonia in that area a year ago. I have great oxygen. That was all that

That was like you..: That was like you said, scarring due to pneumonia in the past. If you don't have any symptoms of fever, cough, sputum, shortness of breath, sweating or weakness, then you most likely don't have pneumonia. And a granuloma would not be anything to lose sleep over. Size and all. I would continue to monitor the situation from a distance. ...Read more

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I was treated for sob, after tests they saw scarring on my lungs. But I never had phenumonia, serious injury or trauma. What causes the lung scaring?

I was treated for sob, after tests they saw scarring on my lungs. But I never had phenumonia, serious injury or trauma. What causes the lung scaring?

Many possibilities: Smoking, second hand smoke (even if you never smoked), smog, air pollution, dust, fungal infections (even though you've never had pneumonia), allergic lung diseases, auto-immune lung diseases, sarcoidosis, healed TB — just to name a few. If you're still sob, you should see a pulmonary specialist. Have you had a ct scan? ...Read more

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Chest x Ray shows subtle scarring in left lung base after pnemounia and pleurisy. Is this bad and can it become a problem?

Chest x Ray shows subtle scarring in left lung base after pnemounia and pleurisy. Is this bad and can it become a problem?

Mgt: A virtual consult can be booked online, so that the imaging may be viewed. From your description, this type of residual scarring should not result in a decrease in lung function. ...Read more

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Cold, ear infection, alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month. Chest Xray showed clear lungs, chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia. Smoker. Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist. What does this mean? Is scar a problem?

Cold, ear infection, alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month. Chest Xray showed clear lungs, chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia. Smoker. Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist. What does this mean? Is scar a problem?

Nothing specific: The x-ray is really just a good screening tool and sometimes picks up old issues with little if any importance but if never seen before lead to more testing to make sure no treatment is needed. Smokers can have "dirty lungs" as can asthmatics. The term "scar" is a gestimate. It might be an old calcified lymph node or something worrisome. Urgent care is not the venue to pursue a head scratcher. ...Read more

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When a child grows resistent (esbl kleb o) regularly in their lungs/trach, would high-dose amoxicillan be effective against a pneumonia (no c&s)?

When a child grows resistent (esbl kleb o) regularly in their lungs/trach, would high-dose amoxicillan be effective against a pneumonia (no c&s)?

Likely not: But not impossible. No klebsiella is sensitive to Amoxicillin since all produce an enzyme called betalactamase. Just cause one is colonized by a resistant bug doesn't mean that the bug is in the lungs causing pneumonia isn't a much more sensitive one. ...Read more

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Can someone get pneumonia that only infects one lung mainly?

Can someone get pneumonia that only infects one lung mainly?

Yes: There are many causes of pneumonia, some affecting only one lobe of one lung, some involving all lobes of both lungs. Any combination is possible. ...Read more

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Is fluid on lungs and pneumonia after gallbladder removed serious?

Is fluid on lungs and pneumonia after gallbladder removed serious?

Pneumonia: Absolutely. Not sure if you are referring to pleural effusion (liquid in the space between the tissues surrounding the lungs), or to congestion due to fluid in air spaces in the lung which could be fluid overload during surgery, congestive heart failure, other. If is hospital acquired pneumonia this can be life-threatening, particularly if due to multi-antibiotic resistant microorganisms. ...Read more

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If you have atypical pneumonia, are you likely to get crackles in lungs?

If you have atypical pneumonia, are you likely to get crackles in lungs?

You can: All types of pneumonias may have crackles in the bases of lung affected. ...Read more

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Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia. Does that mean lung cancet?

Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia.  Does that mean lung cancet?

No: No, it does not mean lung cancer. Infiltrate is a consolidation and inflammation of infected tissue. Should get resolved with treatment. ...Read more

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What r the medications given for lung pneumonia and for low long pls, thanks?

What r the medications given for lung pneumonia and for low long pls, thanks?

Ambiguous: Antibiotics. And for as long as it takes to get better. Usually for at least ten days.

There is no way to be more specific. It depends on the history, the kind of pneumonia, and all kinds of other variables. ...Read more

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How lung can one fully recover from fluid extracted from lung due to pneumonia.?

How lung can one fully recover from fluid extracted from lung due to pneumonia.?

Yes it can recover : A lot depends on the cause of the fluid removed but in general one could recover back to normal but a lot of factors are involved. ...Read more

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I had double pneumonia and a dr. Told me my lung would never heal. From that is that true?

I had double pneumonia and a dr. Told me my lung would never heal. From that is that true?

Depends: It depends on the fact that if you had any complications due to your pneumonia such as lung abscess, empyema or cavity formation due to necrotizing pneumonia etc. Most patients with pneumonia slowly heal & their chest xray may take 6-8 weeks to show improvement. Evaluation by a pulmonologist may help clarify things for you. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia in one lung very serious? Can it be transmitted? How long should full recovery take?

Is pneumonia in one lung very serious? Can it be transmitted? How long should full recovery take?

1 lung is the usual: The most common forms of pneumonia in an 18-year old usually only affect one lung and most of the time, recovery is complete. Yes, pneumonia is contagious, but usually not as contagious as a cold or the flu. It depends upon type of bacteria or virus that is causing the pneumonia, but it most cases you should feel significantly better within 24-36 hours after you start the proper treatment. ...Read more

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I got fluid and a little of food down my windpipe into my lungs. Could this develop into pneumonia?

It's possible.: It is certainly possible that you could develop pneumonia from aspiration of solid and liquid material. Try to cough out as much of it as you can. If you do start coughing up phlegm, running fevers, or becoming short of breath, see your doctor immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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Good morning dr. I would like to ask,. Does consolidation of lungs in pneumonia is the same as that happen at tuberculosis?

Pneumonia: Consolidation is the change happens with pneumonia caused by any infectious agent, the picture and location may vary depending upon the type of the bug. ...Read more

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How do you cure hyperactive lungs that have developed 5 months after pneumonia? I can't get my lungs back to 100% and nothing is working.

How do you cure hyperactive lungs that have developed 5 months after pneumonia? I can't get my lungs back to 100% and nothing is working.

It can take a while: Even healthy young people can take a while to bounce back after pneumonia. I am guessing you are referring to hyper-reactive airways that are causing you to cough, wheeze, or feel short of breath. There are many medications for this. If you haven't had follow-up care since your illness, go back to see your doctor. And if what you're doing isn't working, tell him/her so you can re-strategize. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that i have been told I have a Lung infiltration. Been treated for pneumonia but still hasn't cleared. Hasn't changed either.

Should I be concerned that i have been told I have a Lung infiltration. Been treated for pneumonia but still hasn't cleared. Hasn't changed either.

See doc.: You don't say how long you have had the infiltration and how long it's been since you were treated for pneumonia. If month after antibiotics, if infiltrate is still there, further tests are needed, which may include blood tests and an MRI or CT of the chest. This may be something easily treated, or it may be something more serious. Please be sure to follow up as directed. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with pneumonia. What should be valued on the spirometer be a goal to reach to know my lungs are better. I am a 40 yr fit female?

I was just diagnosed with pneumonia. What should be valued on the spirometer be a goal to reach to know my lungs are better.  I am a 40 yr fit female?

I wouldn't recommend: Ms/Mrs. Lamb, after a true pneumonia, your lungs probably will take some time to recover. However, I usually follow this recovery clinically — which means is based on the absence of fever and progressive improvement in the shortness of breath. You will be coughing while your body cleans itself — remember that cough (and mucus) are like the "sweeper" of the lungs.
Unless you have asthma...do you? ...Read more

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I inhaled a small fragment of a crisp. I couged but no very much and I didn't feel it come back up. Might it be in my lungs and might I get pneumonia?

I inhaled a small fragment of a crisp. I couged but no very much and I didn't feel it come back up. Might it be in my lungs and might I get pneumonia?

Mgt: It is possible to have a nice tigon following aspiration into the lungs. Typically, though if you are healthy, the lung can remove food particles effectively. If you experience respiratory problems, fever or chills please see the ED. ...Read more

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I got a xray for lungs last september 12 and I mentioned that there is a sign for paracardiac pneumonia. But I was not able to get the result checked?

Another : Chest xray might alleviate your fears. In all likelihood your pneumonia healed without leaving a trace. If you feel well doing nothing more is also a very reasonable approach. ...Read more

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Are crackles in your lungs always pneumonia?

No: Not always. Other lung pathology can result in "crackles" when your doctor listens to your lungs. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Pneumonia (Definition)

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