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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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. ...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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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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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. ...Read more

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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.
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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.
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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 ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with pneumonia. 6 weeks pregnant. Still feel really crappy. Only 2 days into antibiotic. How long should I be Off work?

Diagnosed with pneumonia. 6 weeks pregnant. Still feel really crappy. Only 2 days into antibiotic. How long should I be Off work?

Until you feel bette: If you still have symptoms and you are nearly done with antibiotic go back to doc for a re evaluation. Don't go back to work until you feel. Better ...Read more

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I was diagnosed this past Friday with Influenza A and Pneumonia of right middle lobe due to infectious organism. Feeling better. Return to work Mon?

I was diagnosed this past Friday with Influenza A and Pneumonia of right middle lobe due to infectious organism. Feeling better. Return to work Mon?

Sure, if feel well: If you are feeling well, fever is gone, and you're not coughing a lot, there's no reason you cannot return to work. It won't affect your recovery and probably you are no longer contagious for your coworkers, so it's entirely safe. But you might tire easily. Be prepared to be wiped out after a few hours and maybe go home early for a few days. ...Read more

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I don't feel like I get enough air to my lungs when I breathe. But if I arch my back I get a pain in my back/lung. I had pneumonia not long ago, help?

I don't feel like I get enough air to my lungs when I breathe. But if I arch my back I get a pain in my back/lung. I had pneumonia not long ago, help?

Possibly atelectasis: Atelectasis is when a part of your lung collapses a little bit. This can cause pain when taking a deep breath. It can also happen in areas where you previously had pneumonia. But you should see your primary doctor if you have any other symptoms such as cough or fever, because your pneumonia may not be fully treated. I can also review your chest xray at healthtap. Com/saurbornmd ...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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Diagnsd walk pneumonia Z pac / 8 days steroid Still cough/SOB towards 2pm -work 40 hrs on feet Smoke a little Back TO DR?

Longer therapy: Community pneumonias sometimes take longer to clear and require prolonged therapy with antibiotics. You should see your doctor for further advice and examination. ...Read more

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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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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