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Dr. George Valdez
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How long before I can return to work after pneumonia?

How long before I can return to work after pneumonia?

Depends: Depends on how bad it was, and what kind of work you do. Usually 1-2 weeks is needed to make sure you are not contagious, and have healed adequately. Pneumonia is serious and potentially deadly, so follow doctors instructions and make sure you have follow up xray to confirm it is completely clear. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Definition)

The most common definition is an infection involving the lung. Several noninfectious disorders can cause inflammation of the lung which is ...Read more


Dr. Martin Raff
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Should i return to work after being out a week for pneumonia?

Pneumonia: This all depends upon what type of pneumonia you had, the severity, the therapy and how you are feeling. Generally a week should be sufficient if you were treated as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Been in hospital for a week with pneumonia and sepsis. Still very weak and ill, when should I return to work?

Been in hospital for a week with pneumonia and sepsis. Still very weak and ill, when should I return to work?

Pneumonia: I know this won't be the answer you want, but I don't know nearly enough to be able to tell you when you can return to work. It's best you ask the doctor who took care of you in the hospital. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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How soon after being diagnosed with phnemonia and the flue can I return to work as a welder?

How soon after being diagnosed with phnemonia and the flue can I return to work as a welder?

Depends on situation: You are contagious for 6 days from the first fever (for flu).The pneumonia may sap your strength more but is less contagious. You could spread the flu to all your co-workers if you went back too soon. You may feel better sooner than 6 days out but i can't advise a early return.Think about a flu shot every season in september. ...Read more

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How long before returning to work after pneumonia?

How long before returning to work after pneumonia?

Pneumonia: This is highly variable and depends upon the cause of the pneumonia, degree of illness sustained, the efficacy of treatment, the response both in reduction of fever, diminished breathing disturbances and other factors. If the patient has improved, is feeling generally well, they can go back to work whenever they feel well enough to do so. ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower
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Just discharged from hospital after receiving a week of antibiotics for strep pneumonia. Been given pain killers etc. how long should I take off work?

Just discharged from hospital after receiving a week of antibiotics for strep pneumonia. Been given pain killers etc. how long should I take off work?

Ask tx doc: Have your treating doc answer that, as they know the severity of your condition best. Some people, for example, may be able to improve sooner than others, and may even return to work while still on antibiotics, etc. while others may need a linger recuperation period. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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I was diagnosed with pneumonia and strep on Monday, I'm still feeling the same, but the fever isn't constant now. When am I able to go back to work?

1 week: As long as you are feeling better and have no fever, 1 week is a reasonable time to return to work. If you are not recovering follow up with your doctor. All the best for a good recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Taylor
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Although I'm feeling better from my antibiotic meds for pneumonia I am still coughing and have a sore throat and not feeling strong enough for work. Been on meds for 4 1/2 days. When do I go ahead and push myself to get back to work?

Although I'm feeling better from my antibiotic meds for pneumonia I am still coughing and have a sore throat and not feeling strong enough for work.  Been on meds for  4 1/2 days.  When do I go ahead and push myself to get back to work?

Before: returning to work, please check with your doctor first. A follow up chest xray and blood tests may be needed. Pneumonia is a very serious illness. A thorough exam would decide whether or not you could return to work. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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How long should I stay off work with pnemonia?

Till feeling better: Generally people can resume working a couple of days after fever and other symptoms, shortness of breath, cough etc have resolved. ...Read more

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