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If someone in their 70's has kidney failure, double pneumonia and liver and heart trouble as well as colitis and dehydration, recovery possible?

If someone in their 70's has kidney failure, double pneumonia and liver and heart trouble as well as colitis and dehydration, recovery possible?

Will to live: It is possible to recover. Okay to talk to your docs about your recovery. It will be a team effort and the patient's desire/will to recover is the most important factor. Don't give up. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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Is there anything I can do to speed the recovery from pneumonia?

Yes: Rest.
Get adequate nutrition and hydration.
Avoid any contact with cigarette smoke.
Take all your prescribed antibiotics as ordered. ...Read more

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Does zinc help w/ the recovery of adult pneumonia patients?

Does zinc help w/ the recovery of adult pneumonia patients?

Yes. . . and No.: Zinc is an important co-factor in our immune system's functioning. One study has shown that maintaining normal zinc levels led to decreased duration of pneumonia, and decreased duration of antibiotics needed to treat the pneumonia. This does not mean that zinc supplementation will necessarily help with pneumonia recovery; but it does suggest that maintaining normal zinc levels in the body will. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period for pneumonia? I've had it 6 months ago and still am unwell?

How long is the recovery period for pneumonia? I've had it 6 months ago and still am unwell?

Very un- Usual: To have pneumonia for six month something wrong have to be investigated to see if you complicating factors. ...Read more

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Hi there, I had pneumonia, while 25 week pregnant, and had to be ventilated for 9 days, in icu, I made a great recovery but am concerned of lung scari?

Hi there, I had pneumonia, while 25 week pregnant, and had to be ventilated for 9 days, in icu, I made a great recovery but am concerned of lung scari?

Scarring?: That must have been over the top awful for you!
Fortunately most pneumonias, even severe ones don't scar the lungs but it may depend on which organism caused the pneumonia so ask your doctors. ...Read more

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At what ANC level would you cancel chemo for dlbcl patient? Will ongoing pneumonia hinder neutropenia recovery, or does neutropenia worsens pneumonia?

At what ANC level would you cancel chemo for dlbcl patient? Will ongoing pneumonia hinder neutropenia recovery, or does neutropenia worsens pneumonia?

It is not just: A numbers game. One has to take the entire clinical picture with infectious, disease related, and overall condition to make a plan. To treat with low WBC and active infection would be extremely dangerous. ...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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If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there chance of recovery?

If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there chance of recovery?

Yes: Yes there is certainly a chance for recovery. In fact most patients with sepsis recover. The real chance of recovery depends on all kinds of details, including any underlying medical problems, kinds of organ failure, etc and should be discussed with the doctors involved in the care of the patient. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia with acid reflux, sinusitis, & laryngitis. What kind of recovery period am I looking at?

I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia with acid reflux, sinusitis, & laryngitis. What kind of recovery period am I looking at?

Depends on details: Your question suggests laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr) aka extra-esophageal reflux disease (eerd). Generally, high dose ppis are ineffective; medications/ppis do not stop reflux. First, you must recover from pneumonia. Then, you should consult with a minimally invasive surgeon to discuss more definitive treatment options http://goo. Gl/0rrqv. ...Read more

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How does double pneumonia vary from regular?

How does double pneumonia vary from regular?

Both lungs: This is not a precise medical term, can be be used when there is evidence of infection in both lungs, as such it is potentially more severe, but in reality may not be. For example a viral pneumonia can have xray findings suggesting both lungs are affected but the consequences in terms of the infection may be milder than a severe bacterial infection that extensively involves one lung. ...Read more

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How much time to recover from severe pneumonia?

How much time to recover from severe pneumonia?

It depends: It depends on the type of pneumonia, your age, and your general health. Probably anywhere between 2-8 weeks or so. ...Read more

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For what length of time do pneumonia symptoms last?

May take a while: Some bacteria can create symptoms that create a chronic cough for 6-8 weeks but most patient have resolution of the intial symptom n 2 weeks. The fatigue can take 1-2 months to resolve. ...Read more

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Can I get pneumonia easier a third time if I've had it twice?

Can I get pneumonia easier a third time if I've had it twice?

Not necessarily: However, there are medical conditions that can increase your chance of developing pneumonia, so recurrent pneumonia should be evaluated. If the pneumonia always occurs in the same part of the lung, it may be due to an anatomical lesion, which requires further investigation. ...Read more

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Previously healthy 35 yr old female. Had pneumonia for first time ever in March. Will I be prone to get it again now that I have had it?

Previously healthy 35 yr old female. Had pneumonia for first time ever in March. Will I be prone to get it again now that I have had it?

Possibly: Previously healthy patients that pick up pneumonia in the community are at a slightly higher risk to get recurrent pneumonia than those patients who have not had community-acquired pneumonia before ...Read more

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What is meant by double bronchial pneumonia?

Means in both lungs: Pneumonia & bronchial pneumonia are essentially the same process. Since we have two lungs, some use the descriptor double as involving both. Pneumonia can involve a single segment of one side or the whole lung. ...Read more

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Can you catch viral pneumonia a second time?

Can you catch viral pneumonia a second time?

Absolutely: As already mentioned, pneumonia is caused by a large variety of viruses. Additionally, not every virus confers permanent immunity when you get it. As a result, it's possible to have viral pneumonia multiple times. ...Read more

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I had a very bad case of septic pneumonia 6 mos ago. It was the first time I've ever had it. Will I be more likely to get pneumonia again?

I had a very bad case of septic pneumonia 6 mos ago. It was the first time I've ever had it. Will I be more likely to get pneumonia again?

Pneumonia: Perhaps. Do not smoke, or use drugs. Eat a healthy diet. Avoid second hand smoke and any chemical lung irritants. Exercise in clean air areas (not in traffic areas). If you have asthma, see an allergist. ...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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My dad has copd. He hads had pneumonia 3 times in 2 monyhs. Why does he keep getting this?

My dad has copd. He hads had pneumonia 3 times in 2 monyhs. Why does he keep getting this?

COPD: Most commonly occurring in smokers, although asthmatics may also have this. There is damage to the structural integrity of both the upper and lower respiratory tracts, enhancing the ease of ingress of microorganisms to sites in the lungs they would not reach in normal individuals. There they create infection. If your dad smokes, get him to stop now. Make sure he has all his vaccines up to date. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of valley fever in adults and is it mistaken at times for pneumonia?

What are the symptoms of valley fever in adults and is it mistaken at times for pneumonia?

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

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How much time does it take to develop lipoid pneumonia?

How much time does it take to develop lipoid pneumonia?

Chronic aspiration: Lipoid pneumonia results from chronic aspiration of lipids, inked to the use of mineral oil as a laxative in elderly, newborns and mentally challenged at risk of aspiration. Also vegetable oils, nasal drops, mouth spray, and oral lubricant. Rare form of non resolving pulmonary infiltrate, exogenous lipoid pneumonia is a great mimicker. Often mistaken for bacterial pneumonia or cancer. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have pneumonia and influenza type a at the same time?

Is it unusual to have pneumonia and influenza type a at the same time?

No it: Is not common. There are occasions that people have the flu, then their immunity declines and then end up with a bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have tuberculosis and pneumonia at the same time?

What can you do if you have tuberculosis and pneumonia at the same time?

Do you mean: Two separate infections, or pneumonia due to TB? You probably need to be under the care of a pulmonologist or infectious disease specialist to be sure you are getting the right treatment. ...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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Ever since I was diagnosed with lupus just 7 months ago I have gotten pneumonia 6 times, is this normal for people with lupus?

Not unusual: Lupus is an autoimmune condition and causes immune dyregulation. Please see a reputable rheumatologist or immunologist. I would suggest vaccinations if they are not contraindicated in your case. ...Read more

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I just found out I am category 2 allergic to Alternaria Tenuis. I had pneumonia in end of February first time. Could this have caused it?

I just found out I am category 2 allergic to Alternaria Tenuis. I had pneumonia in end of February first time. Could this have caused it?

Possible but: Most patients would more likely have asthma from Alternaria than a condition known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis- the latter usually requires intense exposure.
The answer is thus possible. If this recurs, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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How many times is reasonable for a child to have pneumonia? My 5 year old has had pneumonia 4 times. Is that reason to investigate further?

4 pneumonias: Was it over his life span? Or in one year time? Was the diagnosis of pneumonia confirmed clinically and radiologically? I.e. an x-ray diagnosis of pneumonia, or was it severe chest cold misdiagnosed as pneumonia? At any rate, if your son developed normally and made it through age five with all the vaccines given, he should be fine, you're allowed anyways to have 2 pneumonias/year, best wishes ...Read more

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I had double pneumonia before but I was just wondering how do you get pneumonia just so I know what to look for. Thanks hope to hear from you.?

Bad luck: This is often a sequence of events like dominos falling in line. You develop some congestion from a mild virus or other trigger. You inhale a germ that plants itself into the excess mucous and starts to reproduce. The germ growth triggers an outpouring of more mucous which feeds more germs & you've got it. Rapid breathing, fever, cough and chest pain are common features. ...Read more

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Friend been coughing for 1-3 weeks. She thinks she had bronchitis/pneumonia but she wasn't diagnosed. I double dipped with her. Will I get sick now?

Friend been coughing for 1-3 weeks. She thinks she had bronchitis/pneumonia but she wasn't diagnosed. I double dipped with her. Will I get sick now?

Doubtful: Infections come and go...As a general rule, a patient is most likely to spread germs in the beginning of the illness. Fevers can correlate to this risk period. Soon, tho, the immune system (with or without the help of antibiotics/doctors) should kick in and knock out the germs. Some symptoms can remain i.e. coughing, but the person is less of an infectious risk. Lots of caveats here-see MD if Qs. ...Read more

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One of my neighbors was just in the hospital for pneumonia last sunday, now she's hanging out downstairs all the time, isn't she exposing my neighbors?

One of my neighbors was just in the hospital for pneumonia last sunday, now she's hanging out downstairs all the time, isn't she exposing my neighbors?

Pneumonia exposure: 56 F notes: One of my neighbors was just in the hospital for pneumonia last sunday, now she's hanging out downstairs all the time, isn't she exposing my neighbors? ANS: She was also probably exposing folks before she went in Hosp. If bacterial not likely very transmissible. If Viral then possible but same as if you go out in the world every day. Life is a series of exposure to bugs. Keep us posted. ...Read more

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Should a pneumonia shot and a tetanus shot be given the same time?

Should a pneumonia shot and a tetanus shot be given the same time?

Can be done if healt: As long as you're healthy, there's no reason why the two vaccinations (boosters) can't be given together. If you are suffering from an illness or flu, see if the pneumonia shot can be given a little later (to avoid confusing symptoms). Of course, if you're allergic (went into shock) from either vaccine before, avoid that 1. But standard practice is to administer both together unless reason not to. ...Read more

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What time of year is bacterial pneumonia more common?

More cases in winter: Pneumonia is prevelant year around but more cases diagnosed in winter season. ...Read more

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So double pneumonia can cause the heart to become enlarged?

So double pneumonia can cause the heart to become enlarged?

No: It takes time for the heart to enlarge. Chronic lung disease can cause pulmonary hypertension with enlargement of the right ventricle and right atrium, but even a severe acute pneumonia won't do this. ...Read more

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For what length of time do lymph nodes usually stay swollen with pneumonia?

For what length of time do lymph nodes usually stay swollen with pneumonia?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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I have had "walking pneumonia" 7 times or so. Why do I keep getting it and what can I do to prevent it?

Not normal: You definitely need to talk to a primary care physician. It is not normal to have pneumonia 7 times at your age. There are many things that could be involed including infection, autoimmune disease, immune deficiency, structural lung problem, exposure to toxic/allergic substance, medication, fungus, etc. This is not a straigtforward case. Should be evaluated with labs and imaging promptly. ...Read more