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How long does lung infection need to be treated?

How long does lung infection need to be treated?

8 days: It depends on the infecting organism and the severity of the infection. Most bacterial infections can be cured with 8 days of antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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


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How long does it take for a lung infection to clear up?

Varies: It depends on the type of infection that you have. If you have no underlying lung disease than should not last longer that a week to 10 days. Now if one has pneumonia, it may last longer especially if no treatment is given. If one has TB this is very different and hard to fight. One can not specify how long this will last. Viral infections such as bronchitis will last one to three weeks. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to feel better after a lung infection?

Please tell me how long it takes for to feel better after a lung infection?

Longer than expected: I generally tell people after pneumonia or bad lung infection, about 2 months to back to normal. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to develop a lung infection after accidentally smoking moldy weed?

Please tell me how long it takes for to develop a lung infection after accidentally smoking moldy weed?

Hard to say: I am not an expert in this area, . ..But I suspect a lot of weed has some mold in it....And if not smoked regularly no infection may develop. Of course avoidance is best. If you start to have a cough, fever etc, go see your dr. And be honest...They will keep your information private. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a lung infection or pneumonia from breathing in cat litter? The night before my last CT I cleaned out the litter.

Is it possible to get a lung infection or pneumonia from breathing in cat litter? The night before my last CT I cleaned out the litter.

Not really: Well, if you forcefully inhale it directly into your lungs, then yes of course. The amount of dust dispersed and potentially inhaled from normal letterbox cleaning is not a risk though.

Toxoplasmosis, the infection commonly thought of from cat poop, is passed by ingestion from dirty hands, not inhalation, is rare in humans, and generally will not affect healthy non-pregnant people. ...Read more

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How long after you develop a flu/cold symptoms could you get a lung infection leaving the flu/cold untreated? HTN G.A.D PCOS Depressive Disorder

How long after you develop a flu/cold symptoms could you get a lung infection leaving the flu/cold untreated? HTN G.A.D PCOS Depressive Disorder

At any time: Bacterial infections resulting from colds which go untreated can occur at any time during the cold. Often, it's hard to say when one infection stops & another begins. Factors such as immune status, diabetes, COPD, asthma, anemia, poor nutrition, chronic fatigue, etc. Can all make it easier for viral infections to complicate so as Captain Kangaroo always said, "Take Good Care of yourself." ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a lung infection?

See your MD: If you have a lung infection or pneumonia you should see your md and see if antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could deal with lung infection?

Depends on health: If one is a smoker you may well need antibiotics. If one is not a smoker and not severely ill you might wait a couple of days prior to see your doctor. If you have fever, cough and chest pain, it would be wise to go see your doctor as soon as possible. If you have blood in your sputum, then this becomes more severe. Need immediate medical attention in that case.
Basic answer see your doc ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a lung infection, but I can't really taste anything?

Try not to: Get too frustrated. Your infection or your medications may be effecting your sense of taste. Hopefully this will resolve once you are well again. Take care. ...Read more

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What is lung infection?

What is lung infection?

Several types: Ok. Lung infections can be of the membranes covering the lung (pleura. Pleuracy). Infection of the bronchus...Bronchitis. Infection of the actual alveoli. Pneumonia or alveolitis. ...Read more

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What causes lung infection?

Inhaled microorgani: Any bacteria or virus that penetrats on the lungs potentially can cause an infection...Called pneumonia.

Rarely it could come from another part of the body via circulation. ...Read more

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How do you treat a lung infection?

How do you treat a lung infection?

Type of infection?: Really depends on the type of infection.
1: virus infection : usually do nothing (there are exceptions)
2: bacteria : antibiotics (choice depends on the type of bacteria)
3: fungus : depends on type of fungus, but you use anti-fungal medicines. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms if lung infection.?

Lung infection: Of any type would be highlighted by cough, fever, chest pain with coughing, sputum production, shortness of breath. Not all are present but most of the time they are present and more times than not, all are present. By the way, one of your conditions simply puzzles me. ...Read more

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Is a lung infection considered very serious?

Is a lung infection considered very serious?

Each unique...: Every lung infection is unique to the person. Some lung infections are mild and involve the breathing tubes only (such as mild chronic bronchitis). Other lung infections can involve the lung tissues proper, where oxygen exchange happens (such as pneumonia / pneumonitis) and can be very severe and even life threatening. Prognosis is unique to the person and the organism causing the infection. ...Read more

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When can you tell if you have a lung infection?

When can you tell if you have a lung infection?

Chest x-ray: When you have lung infection, most likely it happened after cold or flu, most of the time you start to spike a fever, chills, sweeting, productive cough, those are signs of lung infection.
The elderly people or the one had compromise immune system, they may not show these severe sings?
Chest x-ray will confirm that. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung infection? And can you die from it?

Symptoms of lung infection? And can you die from it?

Yes: Pneumonia is a common terminal event. If you have cough and fever, see your doctor for an evaluation. Most lung infections are readily treatable and a 27 year-old should not die from it.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Did smoke cause lung infection in my child and adult?

Did smoke cause lung infection in my child and adult?

Lung infections: Numerous studies demonstrate an increased risk for children who are around parents that smoke. Most adults who smoke have increased cough, increased mucous production, increased risk of viral and bacterial infection, increased risk of oral and lung cancer.
Smoking makes lung infections much more likely in all exposed. ...Read more

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What is a double lung infection and what can it do to you?

What is a double lung infection and what can it do to you?

Pneumonia at 2 sites: Treatment may be longer and pneumonia more severe if two areas are involved. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Lungs are feeling very heavy. Could this be some sort of lung infection?

May well be.: Need more information to tell if one has a lung infection. While they feel heavy this could also be related to heart disease. The issue there is something called congestive heart failure. Chest heaviness could come also from artery disease. Should see your doctor to be evaluated completely ...Read more

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What are symptoms of lung infection? Can you die from it? Can it be cured?

What are symptoms of lung infection? Can you die from it? Can it be cured?

Infections treatable: Lung infections often involved changes in your breathing. Infections like pneumonia may cause fever, shortness of breath, cough, tiredness, decreased appetite. Antibiotics often required. If immune system is weak and/or infection severe ad untreated, lung infections, could lead to death, but most cases of pneumonia are treatable and can be "cured". ...Read more

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What could a double lung infection be caused from and what could be the possible out come?

What could a double lung infection be caused from and what could be the possible out come?

Many causes: There are many bacteria and viruses that cause pneumonia. Some fungi and parasites cause pneumonia as well. Common causes include streptococcus pneumoniae, staphylococcus aureus, hemophilus sp, klebsiella, influenza, respiratory syncytial and parainfluenza viruses. Most patients recover with appropriate treatment but severe cases and those in the immunosuppressed and elderly can be fatal. ...Read more

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Could someone take clarithromycin for lung infection?

Could someone take clarithromycin for lung infection?

If it was prescribed: Clarithromycin (biaxin) is an antibiotic that is used for multiple types of infections including sinus/lung infections. So it is generally safe as long as it is prescribed for you and you are taking it as directed by physician. ...Read more

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Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Humidifier for Lungs: Your airways love warm, humidified air, coupled with frequent forced coughing to expel mucus. A mist humidifier or long, hot shower works well. If you can't expel the mucus, forced deep breathing, coupled with chest percussion may bring up the mucus. ...Read more

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I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because I had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?

I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because I had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?

Ask your doctor: To explain it to you. If you were in the hospital for a month obviously something was wrong. You would have had a complicated case and your doctor has the most information to give you the best answer. ...Read more

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Is it ok for me to be smoking while taking azithromycin for lung infection?

Is it ok for me to be smoking while taking azithromycin for lung infection?

Well...: If you are worried about your health, would probably stop smoking, that's bad for a lung infection all by itself, causes more lung infections and other problems, but there is no 'interaction' between Azithromycin and cigarettes. ...Read more

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How to treat a lung infection?

How to treat a lung infection?

Usually antibiotics: Most lung infections that are causes by bacteria and fungi are treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonias may require speciific antiviral medications. If severe. Sometimes patients have to be hospitalized depending on patient's age and severity of process. Supplemental respiratory therapy and oxygen may be necessary. If pleural effusion accompanies infection may be removed by chest tube or thoroscopy. ...Read more

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Can common cold cause lung infection?

Can common cold cause lung infection?

Not usually: But in some people it can rogers's to bronchitis or less commonly to pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is. Lung infection the same as pneumonia?

Is. Lung infection the same as pneumonia?

Yes and no: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung but there are others such as lung abscesses, septic pulmonary emboli, tuberculosis etc. ...Read more

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Can my child get a lung infection from mrsa?

Can my child get a lung infection from mrsa?

Yes: If an individual has mrsa, it can get into the lung, where it will cause pneumonia. This scenario is more likely to occur in individuals who are more susceptible to pneumonia, such as those with asthma, diabetes, or copd, but can happen to anyone. Unfortunately, it can also be nosocomial, meaning it was acquired during a stay in the hospital for something else. ...Read more

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How can you treat a lung infection in a 2 year old?

Depends: It would depend on what is actually going on. If it is a bacterial infection, the child would antibiotics. If the child has wheezing, they would need breathing treatments. If it is a viral infection without any wheezing, then no treatment would be needed. ...Read more

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Can smoking worsen the symptoms of a lung infection?

Yes: Smoking interferes with the lung's normal ability to cleanse itself. Therefore infections of breathing tubes or lung tissue will occur more frequently, be more difficult to eradicate, and be more debilitating. ...Read more

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Is foul smelling breath symptom of a lung infection?

Maybe: Usually foul smelling breath comes from one of three sources- mouth bacteria or infection in the chest or sinuses. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies that can treat a MRSA lung infection?

Absolutely not: Mrsa that has penetrated through enough of your defense mechanisms and immune system to get into the lung is a serious problem it must be treated with prescription antibiotics, and may require longer courses of treatment. Do not treat this infection yourself! ...Read more

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Are there home remedies that can treat a viral lung infection?

No: Viral infections are not treated with antibiotics, most resolve with standard care of fluids, fever control. Serious infections require hospitalization, steroids oxygen and sometimes mechanical ventilation. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about lung infection, isn't it the same as pneumonia?

Possibly: Pneumonia is one type of lung infection. Generally when someone is described as having "pneumonia" healthcare providers are thinking of a bacterial infection of the substance of the lung. Some forms of pneumonia / pneumonitis can also be caused by viruses. Infections of the breathing tubes without infection of the lung tissue is sometimes called bronchitis. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more