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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?

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.

Dr. Michael DePietro
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I was recently dx with bronchitis & pneumonia. Fever free for more than 24 hrs, but I still have a productive cough. Is it okay to go back to work?

I was recently dx with bronchitis & pneumonia. Fever free for more than 24 hrs, but I still have a productive cough. Is it okay to go back to work?

Depends: There is No definitive correct answer here, but your Treating provider would be able to best answer that question. Depending on the time and onset of your symptoms, how many days treatment of antiBx you have had, etc all may play a role in a return to work date. If you work alone, you may be fine, but if you are around many others in a closed space, then a productive cough would be frowned upon.

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I've been on Levofloxacin 750 mg for pneumonia 3 days so far. I'm a dental hygienist. When is it safe to go back to work. For me and my patients?

Probably now, but...: Levofloxacin is for bacterial pneumonia, which is not a risk to your patients. If that's the only problem, you can return to work whenever you feel up to it. However, pneumonia often develops because of preceding viral infection, especially influenza. In that case, you should not work until fever is gone for at least 2-3 days. So probably OK, but if in doubt check with the doctor treating you.

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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.

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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.

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Have pnemonia am a health care aid have stabbing pain in chest and back when coughing only been two days when should I return to work?

Have pnemonia am a health care aid have stabbing pain in chest and back when coughing only been two days when should I return to work?

Ask doc.: Pneumonia is a serious illness. Fatigue is common. You don't want to overexert, and need to rest to get allow the body to fight off infection quickly. Talk to your doc and ask about light duty. Aids work really hard, and you should not go back to full duty yet.

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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.

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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.

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How long after having pneumonia should I wait to get the pneumonia vaccine?

Fever free: The best recommendation is to wait until you are fever free. I have given the shot to many pneumonia patients when they are discharge from the hospital.

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How long should I be off work after being diagnosis with mycoplasma pneumonia when working with food & the public?

How long should I be off work after being diagnosis with mycoplasma pneumonia when working with food & the public?

Not infectious: Mycoplasma pneumonia is not contagious. You may go to work when you are ready. 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. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex.

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What does it mean when your monocytes are high in lab work? How long does pneumonia last?

What does it mean when your monocytes are high in lab work? How long does pneumonia last?

See below;: Monocytes - How high? Slight elevation is not meaningful. You should discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test. Pneumonia- It depends on the cause of pneumonia, underlying lung disease, immune status and treatment given. Under favorable circumstances a person should recover in less than a week. 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. Get HPV vaccine.

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Diagnosed w/pneumonia, h/o asthma, out of work 1 week, am RN in OR, feeling better, still coughing & weak, should I stay out of work longer?

Diagnosed w/pneumonia, h/o asthma, out of work 1 week, am RN in OR, feeling better, still coughing & weak, should I stay out of work longer?

Yes, better: Stay few days more resting, it takes more for the lungs to fully recover from pneumonia, depending on the site and severity, keep taking your asthma controller medicines as usual, and all the prescribed meds, best wishes

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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.

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Myleogram set up for 25th. Fused from c3/6. Pain in shoulder/back. Hurts to breathe. Chest X-ray risk for pneumonia. Should I go get MRI @ ER or wait?

Hurt to breathe, C Dr: If it hurts to breathe, and you're out of breath, and your pneumonia is getting worse, then it's time to go to the er. It's not wise to go to the er just to get an mri. That can be done electively. However, anything emergently needing medical care, in which your life is at risk, needs to be taken care of immediately. Also, smoking can make this worse. So don't delay.

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My 18M old niece diangosis with bact pneumonia last wk. My 14M old just getting over a cold. How long should you wait before the 2 can play again?

Contagion?: My answer would be until the symptoms have been gone for 24 hours. The fever and the nasty cough. Three days on antibiotics for sure, at least. This is assuming it truly is a bacterial pneumonia with no viral component.

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My primary MD thinks I may have pneumonia, also swabbed for Flu. I'm an ICU RN, if just pneumonia, will I have to miss work? If so, how long?

Infectious the?: The reason not to work is (1) infectious (2) able to do the job. Pneumonia generally has both problems. If an respiratory illness is judged to be due to virus, you are probably infectious only for a few days. If bacterial, not after 24 hours on antibiotics. Many health professionals keep working (2), when they should not (1).

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I had pneumonia and my last CT scan showed that it's all clear but I'm still feeling quite lousy how long should it take for the pneumonia to totally get out of my system so I feel back to normal?

Follow-up: Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that can make you very ill. Pneumonia often clears up with proper treatment in 2 to 3 weeks. Make certain you get adequate rest, drink a lot of fluids, stay away from smokers, and eat well with a daily multivitamin. I also suggest a follow-up chest X-ray and CBC to make certain there is no remaining focus of infection.

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