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Long Term Effects Of Pneumonia
My daughter was diagnosed with
eosinophilic pneumonia she is currently on 15 mg of prednisone. I am concerned about the long term effects of the prednisone and if there is another med she can use instead of. she was diagnosed when she was 16 she is
Pneumonia: This is an excellent question. You are correct regarding the potential side effects of long term prednisone usage. Fortunately, many side effects of short term prednisone dosing are temporary and reversible. Your doctor should be judicious in minimizing the use of prednisone - as always, there is a risk/benefit relationship. Ask your pulmonologist about alternative therapies :) ...Read more
Yes: You will be at an increased risk of infection by encapsulated bacteria. These are strep pneumonia, hemophilus influenza, and neisseria meningitidis. There is a small lifetime risk of post-splenectomy sepsis which can be deadly. It is important to be vaccinated against the above organisms and maintain those vaccines through your lifetime. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Esophageal injury: Longterm gerd exposes your esophagus to acidic material. This is injurious. There are a number of potential effects including but not limited to esophagitis, stricture, damage to your teeth, reactive airway/asthma type symptoms, aspiration/pneumonia, "barret's esophagus", and even risk of esophageal cancer. Some of these are "extremes", so please discuss with your family physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: I'll assume u mean inhaled meconium that caused respiratory pbs. The effect is variable.Even small amts in the lung can cause a chemical pneumonia that interferes with breathing. After the pneumonia improves under rx, there can be tissue scarring from the stress, the meconium is eventually broken down & removed by the healing process.The lung injury will gradually improve, some probs may remain. ...Read more
Infection/absorption: The most common concerns are infection, electrolytes, and metabolic bone disease. The stomach acid kills bacteria. Less acid may cause GI infections and pneumonia (from reflux into the lungs). Decreasing acid may cause malabsorption leading to changes in the blood salts (electrolytes). Malabsorption of calcium can lead to osteoporosis. Multiple polyps can also occur. ...Read more
What are the symtoms of scarlet fever in a i year old child? What also are some of the long term effects of a i year old child after having scarlet fever un- checked for several days?
Scarlet : Scarlet fever is caused by group a streptoccoccus - the same bacteria that causes strep throat. The symptoms usually start 1-2 days after infection and include sore throat, fever, sand papery red rash, abdominal pain, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, swollen red tongue and/or bright red color in the creases of the underarm or groin. With proper antibiotic treatment, the symptoms typically improve quickly (2-3 days) though the rash can last for a few weeks. Long term complications are extremely rare with treatment. The most concerning complication is acute rheumatic fever which occurs around 20 days after the start of infection if the patient is not treated with antibiotics. This can cause permanent heart valve damage. Other rare complications of untreated strep are bone or joint problems, kidney problems, inflammation of a gland, ear infection, meningitis, pneumonia, or sinusitis. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with a MRSA infection about 2 months ago and find that i tire easily. Are there long term effects of having mrsa?
Depends on the STD: Birth of a child with aids can have deadly consequences. Syphilis can abort baby or cause major organ system disease or meningitis.Gonorrhea can lead to eye damage or blood infection. Chlamydia can lead to eye damage or early infantile pneumonia.Even things like hepatitis can be a std & pass to baby & eventually lead to liver failure. ...Read more
Lithium: Major long term concerns with lithium are chronic kidney failure (uncommon), and thyroid issues, can cause low thyroid. It can interact with Motrin and nsaids, coffee, some blood pressure meds can lead to lithium toxicity and increase risk of morbidity and mortality. Needs careful clinical and lab monitoring. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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