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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Pneumonia?: If you are referring to bacterial pneumonia, treated with antibiotics. It depends on the presentation of the patient, ongoing medical problems, clinical exam, and x-ray. If viral pneumonia say in the peak flu season, we may try antibiotics but may just need supportive care, such as fluids, tylenol, and rest. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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