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I have some kind of lung infection. My doctor gave me bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 800-160 for 10 days and my symptoms persist. Acne on my back and ache in chest on right?

I have some kind of lung infection. My doctor gave me bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 800-160 for 10 days and my symptoms persist. Acne on my back and ache in chest on right?

Reword this question: "Some kind of lung infection" means nothing. Cough? Fever? What is the DR's diagnosis? Any other meds? Ache in chest due to cough? How long ill? Effective therapy of bronchitis is time + inhalers. Antibiotic therapy is not effective for viral infections. While Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not the first choice for acne, it can be effective. If the acne is improved after 3 months, continue the med. Usually just 1 a d ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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


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What do you recommend if I have a lung infection, my nose isn't stuffy but I can't really taste anything?

Treatment: Of a lung infection is tailored to understanding what is causing it. Only your examining physician can determine what the appropriate treatment might be after a physical exam ...Read more

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Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Humidifier for Lungs: Your airways love warm, humidified air, coupled with frequent forced coughing to expel mucus. A mist humidifier or long, hot shower works well. If you can't expel the mucus, forced deep breathing, coupled with chest percussion may bring up the mucus. ...Read more

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I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because I had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?

I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because I had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?

Ask your doctor: To explain it to you. If you were in the hospital for a month obviously something was wrong. You would have had a complicated case and your doctor has the most information to give you the best answer. ...Read more

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I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

Probably not: True lung infections caused by candida are almost unheard of. People with severely suppressed bone marrow function can get systemic candida infections, but most such people are hospitalized in bone marrow or other organ transplant units or similarly immunosuppressed (but rarely cancer patients receiving outpatient chemo for example). "candida pneumonia" is almost unheard of. ...Read more

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I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

No: Although candida can be found in the sputum it can be considered a contaminant except in certain situations such as immunosuppresion (cancer, HIV etc)
if a person with tuberculosis has a candida infection the above must be ruled out particularly hiv. Otherwise the answer is no. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have shortness of breath about 3 weeks after lung infection?

What should I do if I have shortness of breath about 3 weeks after lung infection?

F/u with physician: You may have a recurrent infection or new infection or a complication from original infection....Please see a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Doctor says I have lung infection and could be contagious what does she mean by that thanks?

Doctor says I have lung infection and could be contagious what does she mean by that thanks?

This means: That your infection could be spread to other people. Please ask your doctor or her staff to educate you further on this matter. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been told I have pleural effusion, caused by a lung infection, but I am on holiday can it wait til I get home to get treated?

It would be unwise: To wait as potentially there could be a rapid progression of both fluid production and spread of infection. It could be so rapid that you would die before appropriate management could even be initiated. You might be sad about missing holiday this year but at least you will be alive to have a holiday next year. ...Read more

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Got gastro ended up at hospital IV n all that, can it turn into a lung infection because they are starting to hurt when I breath in :/?

Got gastro ended up at hospital IV n all that, can it turn into a lung infection because they are starting to hurt when I breath in :/?

Pleuritic pain?: Please have your doctor examine your lungs and order an xray if necessary. Pneumonia and atelectasis are known post-op complications. If still hospitalized, ask for an inspirometer to prevent these problems. ...Read more

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Pain in both sides of upper back for 2 weeks no pain with breathing, could this be a lung infection? The painkillers that I take are not helping.

Pain in both sides of upper back for 2 weeks no pain with breathing, could this be a lung infection? The painkillers that I take are not helping.

Upper back pain: This is unlikely to be pneumonia due to absence of cough, fever, chills, sweats, pain on deep breath, wheezing or shortness of breath. Musculoskeletal causes are more likely. Have you any history of strain from exercises, occupation, housework, posture problems, being in cold drafts? If symptoms persist consult your physician and appropriate examination and testing will be done. ...Read more

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My do. Gave me a steriod shot for a virus that gave me a lung infection. What side effects should I expect. It only stays in the body for 3 days?

Viral infection: Something seems wrong with your description of what you have and the treatment prescribed. Suggest you discuss this with the doctor seeing you and if you do not get a satisfactory response, see another doctor for a second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms if lung infection.?

Lung infection: Of any type would be highlighted by cough, fever, chest pain with coughing, sputum production, shortness of breath. Not all are present but most of the time they are present and more times than not, all are present. By the way, one of your conditions simply puzzles me. ...Read more

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How to treat a lung infection?

How to treat a lung infection?

Usually antibiotics: Most lung infections that are causes by bacteria and fungi are treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonias may require speciific antiviral medications. If severe. Sometimes patients have to be hospitalized depending on patient's age and severity of process. Supplemental respiratory therapy and oxygen may be necessary. If pleural effusion accompanies infection may be removed by chest tube or thoroscopy. ...Read more

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Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Yes: Chest xray looks at the lung tissue superimposed on a the chest wall tissue including the ribs and all the muscles and thus can miss subtle findings. In addition, lung infection can be subtle, with presentation as a small focus of infection or a rather very faint infection area that can be very difficult to detect with xray alone. A ct study may be useful if necessary. ...Read more

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Can cracked ribs cause a lung infection?

Can cracked ribs cause a lung infection?

Indirectly: The pain from the rib injury keeps you from taking regular deep breaths and this prevents you from clearing the build-up of "stuff" in your lungs that normally accumulates. Bacteria multiply and give you pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can chicken soup help against symptoms of lung infection?

Probably: There are some small studies favoring the use of chicken soup during colds. No body knows what exactly is helpful, the fluids from the soup, the warm temperature, the salt it contains, or the protein from the chicken. Somehow in conjunction it supports the immune system during an infection. I think you can extrapolate the benefits to pulmonary infections (at least bronchitis. Pneumonia need more. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about COPD lung infection or chest infection?

Can you tell me about COPD lung infection or chest infection?

More info: People with COPD do get more respiratory infections than other possibly due to the reduce ability to remove bacteria, etc from the lungs. The "cilia" in copder's do not work efficiently and thus the bacteria, etc stays in the lungs and can cause pneumonia, etc. Of course the bets way to reduce infections is to stop smoking, get flu and pneumonia shots and try to minimize exposure to viruses/bacteria. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Yes, bronchitis: Bronchitis is the infection of the bronchial tumes. Pneumonia is more of an infection that has settled in the terminal ends of the bronchioles and the air sacs (called alveoli). ...Read more

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Possible to have a bad lung infection that can be confused with cancer?

Yes: A lung abscess (a collection of pus in the lung caused by certain kinds of infection) can look on ct scan like a lung cancer. It can be associated with similar sx. This includes, cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Is mechanical ventilation dangerous because you can get a lung infection?

Is mechanical ventilation dangerous because you can get a lung infection?

Yes: Mechanical ventilation is dangerous for a large variety of reasons, but the alternative is not pretty. Long term mechanical ventilation is associated with a well defined risk for ventilator associated pneumonia and close adherence to established protocols has been shown to dramatically lower that risk. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies that can treat a pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection?

Are there home remedies that can treat a pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection?

Not really: Pseudomonas is a very dangerous bacteria that infects those who are chronically or critically ill. (such patients with cystic fibrosis or in the intensive care unit) it is a it needs to be treated with antibiotics that are active against this germ and that often must be given iv. Sometimes when prolonged therapy is needed it can be completed at home, under medical supervision. ...Read more

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Does having fluids around my rib cage indicate a common cold or lung infection?

Does having fluids around my rib cage indicate a common cold or lung infection?

Neither: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting a lung infection caused by candida?

Not likely: Possible, but not likely. Anyone taking immunosuppressive drugs is at greater risk for (opportunistic) infections compared to individuals in the general population. A very few % of organ transplant patients get fungal infections, and unless you have had fungal pneumonias in the past, it would be an unusual event. ...Read more

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I haven't smelt anything in 2 yrs been operated fr nasal polyps once hav freq lung infection please help!

I haven't smelt anything in 2 yrs been operated fr nasal polyps once hav freq lung infection please help!

Cystic fibrosis: Nasal polyps or sinus surgery can lead to anoia. This may not return. You should be checked for cystic fibrosis sarcoidosis or wegeners. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more