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Is there a clear top treatment for chronic cough after pneumonia? What is it?

Is there a clear top treatment for chronic cough after pneumonia? What is it?

Cough: Sometimes just takes time to get better but sometimes after an infection the airway is very sensitive and requires inhalers to help calm down the cough. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Walking pneumonia, how long does cough last?

Walking pneumonia, how long does cough last?

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

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My son has been coughing for almost three weeks, he has no fever and 10 days ago was diagnosed with pneumonia how long will the cough last he is 13?

My son has been coughing for almost three weeks, he has no fever and 10 days ago was diagnosed with pneumonia how long will the cough last he is 13?

Post Pneumonia Cough: This cough can last weeks to months. Discuss with his doctor things that can be done to help such as inhalers, steroids and cough suppressants. ...Read more

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How long will cough last after pneumonia that required 1 week hospital...Also is lack of appetite normal?

How long will cough last after pneumonia that required 1 week hospital...Also is lack of appetite normal?

Weeks to months: When the lungs are inflammed from bacteria or virus it takes our bodies a period of time to get rid of the fluid and cells (that we are able to see on xray, consolidation) and inhave seen cough for 6+ weeks, you need to continue your treatments. And the appetite loss comes from meds, cough, weight loss and your body workin to clear all this up. Even if not hungry you must eat so body can fight. ...Read more

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If a child with pneumonia is delayed in getting treatment can it cause any long-lasting problems?

If a child with pneumonia is delayed in getting treatment can it cause any long-lasting problems?

Yes: If serious and untreated can even lead to death, patients with suspected pneumonia need medical attention right away. ...Read more

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How could a person live that long without treatment. Then all of a sudden get pcp pneumonia thrush and be in critical condition?

How could a person live that long without treatment. Then all of a sudden get pcp pneumonia thrush and be in critical condition?

PCP: Are we talking about HIV/AIDS. if that's the case then it is important for HIV positive patients to be under care of an HIV specialist to monitor their CD4 count and HIV viral load. All patients with HIV need to be on Antiviral medications and also base on their CD4 count on prophylactic Antibiotics. Immune system can go down very fast if patient is not on the right treatment. ...Read more

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How can a person go a long without treatment, then all of a sudden get pneumocystis carinii pneumonia thrush and be in critical condition?

Thrush: If a person has a problem develop with their immune system then they can suddenly develop pneumocystis pneumonia, thrush and become critically ill. ...Read more

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Productive cough from a long time and its treatment?

Productive cough from a long time and its treatment?

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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I was sick last weekend but I 5still have a cough with phlegm could it be Pneumonia?

I was sick last weekend but I 5still have a cough with phlegm could it be Pneumonia?

Yes it: Could. IT may also be just viral syndrome. Drink plenty of fluids. If condition fails to improve or worsen seek help ...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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I'm having really stuck to therapy, how long will it take me to be totally cured from pneumonia?

Variable: There are various interstitial pneumonias with bacterial or viral etiologies. A healthy young person may take a week of recovery from pneumoni. For middle-aged people, it may be weeks before they regain their usual strength and feeling of well-being. Older or weak people longer. Mycoplasma is most common cause of community acquired pneumonia and a person may be weak for an extended period of time. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia And have been really sick since last week. Everytime I cough I get instantly dizzy. Is this normal?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia And have been really sick since last week. Everytime I cough I get instantly dizzy. Is this normal?

Vertigo: This may be due to involvement of the middle ear (semicircular canals), to decrease in oxygen to brain, to neurological involvement by organisms like Mycoplasma, or to other factors. Recommend strongly that you go back and see the doctor again ASAP. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia last week. Highest fever of 104.5 went down after a day. Feel much better, small cough. When can I return to training?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia last week. Highest fever of 104.5 went down after a day. Feel much better, small cough. When can I return to training?

When you are ready: Glad you are better. Go back to training when you feel up to it. Don't expect to return to your pre-illness form just yet. If this was really pneumonia (and not just some viral upper respiratory illness) you should expect to have some difficulty at first with endurance- or aerobic activities. My guess is you had the flu or a similar illness and yo are ready to go. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pneumonia without much of a cough? Could feel rattling in chest when breathing last night& have been having pain in chest& back

Is it possible to have pneumonia without much of a cough? Could feel rattling in chest when breathing last night& have been having pain in chest& back

For sure: I personally was very sick with fever and chills but no cough, It eventually was determined that I had right upper lobe pneumonia. You show have examination by physician and possible radiographic exam. One of major symptoms for community acquired pneumonia is chest pain. Of course musculoskeletal issues can also cause chest and back pain. ...Read more

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I don't have spleen. Wondering how long I should wait with this cough and no fever to see if go way on own? Cold or pneumonia? Had for 1 week so far

I don't have spleen. Wondering how long I should wait with this cough and no fever to see if go way on own? Cold or pneumonia? Had for 1 week so far

Best to see your doc: Without the spleen as a protective reservoir, you may be at increased risk of certain infections. It is good that you don't have a fever at this time, but if your cough is serious, it's best to see a doctor for an exam, and perhaps an xray to make sure you don't have pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a cold, cough and a running nose that has lasted 2 months?

What is the best treatment for a cold, cough and a running nose that has lasted 2 months?

Allergy...: Your symptoms are likely related to allergy. You may be having bronchospasm as well as nasal allergy symptoms. There are prescription inhalers as well as nasal sprays that may help so see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment. You may need to see an allergist for testing to see what you are allergic to so that avoidance, if possible, can be done. If you smoke, smoking cessation is imperative. ...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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How long does it take to get rid of the cough from getting over walking Pneumonia?

How long does it take to get rid of the cough from getting over walking Pneumonia?

Month: Usually it takes 2 weeks to get rid of major cough, but 1-2 weeks takes to get rid of leftovers: morning cough, occasional fatigue. Exercise and fresh air helpful. ...Read more

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What can happen if a lupus patient gets pneumonia? What sort of treatments would they receive, and for how long?

What can happen if a lupus patient gets pneumonia? What sort of treatments would they receive, and for how long?

Confirm, monitoring: Pneumonia can be due to lupus per se or infection. The diagnosis must be confirmed. If it is confirmed infectious, they should receive antibiotics and very closely monitored. If they are on immunosuppressives, they may need tapering of immunosuppressives depending on the lupus disease activity. They should be under close supervision by md and most often requires rheumatologist input. ...Read more

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I had fever a week ago and now I have cough with long streaks of coughing. I prefer non allopathic treatment. Any suggestions?

I had fever a week ago and now I have cough with long streaks of coughing. I prefer non allopathic treatment. Any suggestions?

Chicken soup/ see MD: 34 year old male says, "I had fever a week ago and now cough with streaks of coughing. I prefers non allopathic treatment. Any Suggestions" The good Old Mother knows best formula of Staying snugly warm, chicken soup/ any warm drink plus lemon and honey could probably help but when cough persists one needs MD to be sure there is no Pneumonia or other problems. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have pneumonia or tuberculosis? I have back pain and cough for a month already. My doct0r told me I have pneumonia last week.

How will I know if I have pneumonia or tuberculosis? I have back pain and cough for a month already. My doct0r told me I have pneumonia last week.

Chest X-ray: The diagnosis is usually made with a chest X-ray. Your symptoms can also suggest one diagnosis over another.
It seems like you have already been told it was pneumonia. ...Read more

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Hi, been vaccinated against pneumonia, and am diabetic. Shaking chill last week, and seemed to recover. But now have a rasping cough, and little brea?

Hi, been vaccinated against pneumonia, and am diabetic. Shaking chill last week, and seemed to recover. But now have a rasping cough, and little brea?

Lots of options: Pna is aggressive and deadly, hence the vaccine. Numerous "flu" / "cold" viruses are prevalent during the fall/winter, and you likely found one of those to get a lower resp tract infxn, like bronchitis. Usually symptom tx works (steam vaporizer--if safe to use by your bed), Mucinex (guaifenesin) to thin secretions, +/- albuterol. See your dr for eval & meds (not likely abx). ...Read more

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On antibx for pneumonia. Now pain in upper bk r side normal? Low grd temp, how long before this goes. Day 3 of meds also have asthma bron severe cough

Depends: It all depends on the type of pneumonia you have and whether the abx is the correct one. Most abx, if it works, should be working in about 4 days or less. If not better, contact the doctor again to find out if another abx may be needed if at all. ...Read more

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Day 4/10 abx, can't sleep last few days nasal congestion and cough. What should I do? Need to go back to doctor? Uti feels better, but my pneumonia is same!

Day 4/10 abx, can't sleep last few days nasal congestion and cough. What should I do? Need to go back to doctor? Uti feels better, but my pneumonia is same!

It takes a while: For pneumonia symptoms to get better. I would not expect a great improvement on day 4 of antibiotics. Are you sleeping with a cool mist humidifier? Guiafenesin with dextromorphan will help the cough as will honey in water with lemon juice. If not improving any after 7 days go back to dr. ...Read more

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4y/o had w. Pneumonia, lungs were clear last week. Cough subsided, but now back and wheezy. Breathing prescription 2x daily. Is the pneumonia recurring?

4y/o had w. Pneumonia, lungs were clear last week. Cough subsided, but now back and wheezy. Breathing prescription 2x daily. Is the pneumonia recurring?

Return to doctor: The symptoms are recurring, the pneumonia may never have been fully treated - so on behalf of your 4 y/o - go to the doctor she saw or to a new doctor and have her evaluated and treated. Her health may be much better in the future if you do. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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How long does it take cough from pneumonia to go away after starting abx (z-pack) it's been 2 days. Fever is gone but cough seems worse.

Varies: Cough results from the inflammation associated with the lung infection, and it will last for several weeks. One may be left with wheezing (bronchospasm) and the cough may persist despite taking all of the antibiotics. Addition of medication to break the wheezing may be necessary, and so followup with the doctor who gave you the antibiotics is recommended. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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