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How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

At risk: Once the inner lining of the lung is infected, it is prone to a secondary infection. It may take weeks to recover from influenza, and a secondary pneumonia can occur at any time during that period. There is evidence that the risk for a pneumococcal pneumonia occurs even one week after influenza infection. An interesting link for more information: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/06 ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu the same body is very achy and i'm very tired and coughing?

Are the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu the same body is very achy and i'm very tired and coughing?

Yes: The symptoms of influenza and pneumonia are very similar. Influenza can cause viral pneumonia. Both are characterized by cough, fever, constitutional symptoms and prostration. Influenza in the usa occurs between november and april with the highest incidence in the winter months. Get evaluated by your md. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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My 1 yr old son got diagnosed with pneumonia. I thought i had the flu, but I am starting to think it is more. With my symptoms, what could it be?

What're your symptom: Viral pneumonia can be contagious--you can catch the virus, with or without the pneumonia; certain types of bacterial pneumonia can spread to close contacts also. I cannot answer the question as you don't list your symptoms! ...Read more

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I have coughed up green and now brownish-grey phlegm and have felt flu like symptoms for over a week, is it possibly pneumonia ?

I have coughed up green and now brownish-grey phlegm and have felt flu like symptoms for over a week, is it possibly pneumonia ?

Yes: Pneumonia is an infection of the lower respiratory tract and usually causes shortness of breath, fever and productive cough. Pneumonia produces unusual sounds that can be detected by a stethoscope and confirmed by a chest x-ray. Please consider seeing your health care provider. ...Read more

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Can you have pneumonia w/ the only symptom being intermittent chest pain? Had flu/prolonged sinusitis. Have asthma. Peak flows are really good (500+)

Can you have pneumonia w/ the only symptom being intermittent chest pain? Had flu/prolonged sinusitis. Have asthma. Peak flows are really good (500+)

Unlikely: If you have pneumonia, you would likely have a cough, fever, or problem breathing. At your age, heart disease is not a strong suspect unless you are diabetic. Need to consult your doctor re. The chest pain- i could have given you a better answer if you had specified the location of the location, duration , triggers, or character of the chest pain. ...Read more

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Normal CBC and Urinalysis. XRay result is low-risk Pneumonia. Started coughing last week then flu-like symptoms since Thursday. correct diagnosis?

Normal CBC and Urinalysis. XRay result is low-risk Pneumonia. Started coughing last week then flu-like symptoms since Thursday. correct diagnosis?

Ask / trust your doc: It would be most reasonable to ask your existing doc because s/he knows more about you than anyone online, unless you do not trust her/ him. How to work closer/ better with doc to reach best possible diagnosis for most reasonable treatment, care, & counseling? Follow instructions described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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Do I have walking pneumonia been sick for about two months its started off with the flu symptoms.Then it went away but is still had a cough. But then my mom got sick, and we thought i gave her what i had. However she went to the doctor because she got rea

Do I have walking pneumonia been sick for about two months
its started off with the flu symptoms.Then it went away but is still had a cough. But then my mom got sick, and we thought i gave her what i had. However she went to the doctor because she got rea

Without : Without examining you and possibly getting an x-ray, it's difficult to tell what is going on. However, any cough that worsens, is associated with fever or lasts more than 2-3 weeks should be evaluated by a doctor. Most coughs associated with an upper respiratory infection go away within 1-2 weeks. There are many problems that could be going on - common things being walking pneumonia, bronchitis, allergies or gastroesophageal reflux but less common and more serious causes could be pneumonia, tuberculosis or congestive heart failure. Evaluating your other pertinent symptoms and listening to your lungs can help deliniate the cause of your cough and hopefully get you the treatment you need to feel better. Give your doctor a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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How are flu and pneumonia different?

How are flu and pneumonia different?

Symptoms: Pneumonia can be bacterial or viral but flu by definition is viral. With flu you will have muscle aches, pain, perhaps fever and chills. You will need antiviral if you test positive and usually antibiotic empirically. You will not see inflitrate on x-ray. With pneumonia, you will see infiltrate on xray. You may have fever, cough, but not always chills or muscle aches. You may need IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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I want to know about what is normal flu and what is meant by pneumonia?

I want to know about what is normal flu and what is meant by pneumonia?

RespiratoryInfection: Flu is an infection of respiratory tract caused by influenza virus. It spreads through inhalation of droplets coughed by infected person. It can start like a regular common cold but sometimes can be very severe & life threatening, especially in those with underlying lung or heart disease. Pneumonia is a general term for any infection that involves the lungs & causes fever, cough & x-ray changes. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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