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Home Remedy For Walking Pneumonia
Besides medications anything also I can do from home to treat my pneumonia? And what's the difference between walking pneumonia and just pneumonia?
I noted on your history that you have enlarged lymph nodes and arthritis. I would suggest some screening studies for autoimmune disease and a CBC with differential white cell count. Checking your temperature and keeping well hydrated are advised.
I would suggest letting your physician know about persistent or worsening symptoms. ...Read more
Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. ...Read more
Depends: Walking pneumonia is a loose label that can be applied to any pneumonia that you don't need IV antibiotics to treat. It can be mild and not effect your daily activities or keep your strength down to the point you don't want to get out of bed. If you feel well enough to exercise it is probably fine to do so. If you are running fever, I would watch it because your system is already not compensating ...Read more
Cough and fever: Walking pneumonia is basically a pneumonia that is not so severe that it requires hospitalization for most people. A common cause of walking pneumonia is mycoplasma; a bacteria that responds well to antibiotics in the Erythromycin family. Common symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. See your doctor if you have these symptoms. ...Read more
That depends: On your overall medical condition, and the effectiveness of treatment. Keep in mind that pneumonia is a large organ system infection and as such places a large demand on our metabolism that reduces exercise tolerance for a while. If you tire quickly then wait before exercising. ...Read more
Implication: The core definition is the same. It is an infection of the lung. Some practitioners add the extra word to imply you can treat it at home. ...Read more
Severity: The most common symptoms of pneumonia are cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, fever, chills, and chest pain on inspiration. Walking pneumonia is a lay term for someone who has pneumonia but isn't that sick and is able to walk around rather than being confined to bed. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the cause of the pneumonia. A penicillin sensitive strain of s. Pneumoniae could be effectively treated with amoxicillin. You list "atypical pneumonia" which is caused by legionella, mycoplasma, chlamydophilia, q fever etc. All of which are resistant to amoxicillin. ...Read more
Probably not: Walking pneumonia is not an actual clinical term. It generally means someone who has an infection in the lungs that is not severe enough to leave them bedridden during their illness. Many cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses, which do not respond to any antibiotics. Antibiotics for bacterial pneumonias depend on where patient contracted it, age, severity, etc. Amox is not a recommended tx. ...Read more
Maybe: "walking pneumonia" typically refers to pneumonia that results in mild symptoms - hence the ability to "walk" rather than be in bed. These can be caused by bacteria or viruses. If a bacteria is the cause then an antibiotic like Levaquin (levofloxacin) or zithromax may be of help and might reduce length of infection. However, they will do nothing for a virus. ...Read more
Walking pneumonia: This term simply means that the infected patient need not be hospitalized or remain in bed. It does not indicate the causative agent, which is essential to know in order to assess the risk of transmission to others. If this turns out to be mycoplasma the answer is that in 4-6 weeks any other member of the family may become ill. If your 8 mo old develops any symptoms have them seen asap. ...Read more
I've had walking pneumonia 3 times this year and am currently fighting it off. I've been on Levofloxacin for 10 days and don't feel better.
Evaluation: Really need full evaluation of your pulmonary system and possibly your immune system as well. If you smoke stop NOW. Also may need evaluation for reflux as possible cause for recurrent airway issues. Three times in a year is too much for anyone so you need to get to root of the problem ...Read more
Can I exercise while I have walking pneumonia? I've been on meds and an inhaler for 4 days and the only thing bothering me is a slight cough
Yes: This generally means they do not consider you at much risk for being hospitalized and should respond to outpatient treatment. Your lungs must work well enough to sustain any exercise over baseline activities. You can push through your exercise routine and back off if you get dizzy/feel faint or realize your body is telling you to slow down. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Newborn babies are pretty resilient. Plus their mother's transferred immunity protects them well. Whether they can or cannot catch it, if it is contagious, they can and it will depend on who's going to win - the bug or the immune system of the baby. ...Read more
Most Pneumonias give cough, fever and chills. Worrisome sign of something else are shortness of breath, dizziness and lightheadednes
Differential includes CHF, Concomitant anemia, electrolyte imbalance, SIADH, shock, adrenal insufficiency etc
Best go to ER FOR CHEST RAY & full evaluation
A walking pneumonia may not be what you think you have! Get it evaluated promptly. ...Read more
See a doctor: Walking pneumonia presents in a different manner and has a different causative organism than typical pneumonia. Patients still usually feel short of breath, but the fever, general poor feeling, and other symptoms are more gradual in onset and can last longer. The only real way to be certain and get adequate treatment is to see a physician in order to check bloodwork as well as a chest xray. ...Read more
Walking pneumonia: This is not a good medical term and is used to describe patients with pulmonary parenchymal infections that do not require hospitalization. It can be caused by many different microorganisms and more often than not, these are not transmissible from person to person unless in very close contact. An example would be atypical pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae, often person to person in school. ...Read more
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
Mycoplasma infection: Walking pneumonia is the commonly used name for infection caused by the organism mycoplasma pneumoniae. It can have a varied presentation on chest xray, ranging from diffuse reticulonodular pattern to lobar consolidation. There can be some fluid collection around the lungs as well. Ct scans can show ground glass patterns or even nodular densities at times. Xray findings are non-specific in most. ...Read more
Walking pneumonia: Drs in your area will know best what is going around and what the bug is best treated with. It can vary markedly so ask them. Or you can go to CDC reports for your region on causes of pneumonia in last year or so. And look at their advisories. My own go to source is uptodate. Com which you can look at as well. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what kind of treatment was being used for crohn's disease. A lot of patients with crohn's disease are now treated with biologic agents and other immunosuppressive medications that can affect your immune response & your ability to fight infections. ...Read more
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
My boyfriend has walking pneumonia and just started his abx. How long will he be contagious since I'm seeing him after 4 days? Help!
Always with caution: Walking pneumonia was used as a term, I believe, for mycoplasma infection. The idea of treatment is usually 5 days they're ok or 48 hours of antibiotics with no more fever. People don't always respond the same. People of good immune system have protection but we all get infections one way or another. Always use caution, in dealing with infections, good hygiene or even a mask if not sure. ...Read more
Diagnosed walking pneumonia today & taking antibotics. In the shower, felt like I didn't have enough air and thought I might pass out. Is this normal?
Reactive airways: Shortness of breath can often be triggered by exposure to irritants, infection, humidity changes and other things, but should never be attributed as a 'normal' event while experiencing pneumonia. Your pneumonia may have triggered reactive airways which is usually addressed with inhaled bronchodilators. A follow up visit with your doctor would be wise! ...Read more
I'm trying to get back into cardio after walking pneumonia and after 15 minutes feel like I'm breathing through a straw. Is there breathing exercises?
Take it slow: Your infection took a toll on you. You start exercising with a regimen of progressive rigor. Start slowly, by walking and when you feel you are stronger, go faster, and increase activity and endurance or weights as your body allows. Don't go up too fast. You'll get there in time. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of walking pneumonia I've been sick for about two months. When I cough I can feel the fluid but it doesn't come up. It started off really bad. Now I just have a cough.
Walking pneumonia.: Rather than hitting you like a ton of bricks like a typical pneumonia, walking (atypical) pneumonia can present with more subtle symptoms that may linger for even weeks before you think they may be deserving of medical attention. May present with a little cough, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, fever. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Is shown on a chest x-ray as an area of "whiteness" in an area that would otherwise show normal "black" lung aeration. It could appear gray as well (just another appearance on the spectrum of black to white). There are a number of pathologies that may replace the normal "black" appearance of aerated lung (including lung cancer, volume loss, and bleeding in the lung from trauma). ...Read more
Varies: In general, a 7-10 day course should be sufficient for a bacterial pneumonia. This can vary and may be longer depending on the severity of the disease. ...Read more
See below: The flu is influenza, a viral lower respiratory tract infection. Walking pneumonia is a case of pneumonia (lung infection) in which the affected person is not too sick and is able to walk around rather than stay in bed. Influenza can cause pneumonia and can also be complicated by a bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more
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