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Does Pneumonia Scar Lungs
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
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
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
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
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
Been ill with pneumonia since july 2012. X-rays. Clarithromycin."a little of chronic scarring bott. Left lung" 04.2.42.
Lung specialist be best?
Yes: You should see a lung specialist to confirm the diagnosis of 'pneumonia since july' and get treated accordingly. ...Read more
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?
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
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
Chest x Ray shows subtle scarring in left lung base after pnemounia and pleurisy. Is this bad and can it become 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
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)?
It's okah: That's fine as long as you feel better. ...Read more
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
You can: All types of pneumonias may have crackles in the bases of lung affected. ...Read more
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
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
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
What are the chances of someone getting pneumonia a month after they got it cleared out of one lung?
I got fluid and a little of food down my windpipe into my lungs. Could this develop into pneumonia?
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
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
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
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?
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