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Is it possible to get pneumonia more than once? If so, is it worse the second time (i have lung scars) or better (immune system memory)?

Is it possible to get pneumonia more than once?  If so, is it worse the second time (i have lung scars) or better (immune system memory)?

Pneumonia: Yes, you can get pneumonia more than once as pneumonia can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, chemicals, aspiration of stomach contents, etc. Every time you get it, it can be just as bad. If you have problems with your immune system, you might be particularly at risk of getting pneumonia more than once and also pneumonia due to opportunistic infections like pcp. ...Read more

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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 is the diagnosis and treatment for scarring on the lungs due to repeated pneumonia?

What is the diagnosis and treatment for scarring on the lungs due to repeated pneumonia?

Depends on cause: Recurrent pneumonia should be investigated and cause of the scarring determined to ensure that there is no ongoing inflammation in the involved segment of the lung. Treatment depends on underlying cause that is identified. If there is persistent infection in the lungs, it can lead to development of bronchiectasis over time. Please consult a lung specialist for detailed assessment. ...Read more

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Do you have to treat walking pneumonia? If recovered without treatment, does it leave permanent scarring in the lungs?

Do you have to treat walking pneumonia? If recovered without treatment, does it leave permanent scarring in the lungs?

In a way: In a way, you need to treat of course, as if it was viral (your probable case since you recovered without antibiotics) you would rest and push fluids and treat it supportively. If bacterial, you would need antibiotics. Usually, the body will heal itself, but on a rare occasion, you may leave some scarring from an old infection. ...Read more

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Been ill with pneumonia since july 2012. X-rays. Clarithromycin."a little bit of chronic scarring bott.Left lung" 04.2.42. Lung specialist be best?

Been ill with pneumonia since july 2012. X-rays. Clarithromycin."a little bit of chronic scarring bott.Left lung" 04.2.42.
Lung specialist be best?

Yes: Nobody has pneumonia for 4 months. Someone saw something abnormal on your film and called it pneumonia, which is reasonable. But if the abnormality doesn't go away with treatment after a couple months, its probably not pneumonia and yes, you should see a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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I recently had a ct scan with contrast. It said I had some linear scarring in lower left lung. Everything else looked ok. I had a small granuloma on a previous scan same area. I had pneumonia in that area a year ago. I have great oxygen. That was all that

I recently had a ct scan with contrast. It said I had some linear scarring in lower left lung. Everything else looked ok. I had a small granuloma on a previous scan same area. I had pneumonia in that area a year ago. I have great oxygen. That was all that

That was like you..: ..said, scarring due to pneumonia in the past. If you don't have any symptoms of fever, cough, sputum, shortness of breath, sweating or weakness, then you most likely don't have pneumonia. And a granuloma would not be anything to lose sleep over.. size and all. I would continue to monitor the situation from a distance. ...Read more

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I was treated for sob, after tests they saw scarring on my lungs. But I never had phenumonia, serious injury or trauma.What causes the lung scaring?

I was treated for sob, after tests they saw scarring on my lungs. But I never had phenumonia, serious injury or trauma.What causes the lung scaring?

Many possibilities: Smoking, second hand smoke (even if you never smoked), smog, air pollution, dust, fungal infections (even though you've never had pneumonia), allergic lung diseases, auto-immune lung diseases, sarcoidosis, healed TB - just to name a few. If you're still sob, you should see a pulmonary specialist. Have you had a ct scan? ...Read more

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Chest x Ray shows subtle scarring in left lung base after pnemounia and pleurisy. Is this bad and can it become a problem?

Chest x Ray shows subtle scarring in left lung base after pnemounia and pleurisy. Is this bad and can it become a problem?

Mgt: A virtual consult can be booked online, so that the imaging may be viewed. From your description, this type of residual scarring should not result in a decrease in lung function. ...Read more

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Cold,ear infection,alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month.Chest Xray showed clear lungs,chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia.Smoker.Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist.What does this mean?Is scar a problem?

 Cold,ear infection,alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month.Chest Xray showed clear lungs,chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia.Smoker.Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist.What does this mean?Is scar a problem?

Nothing specific: The x-ray is really just a good screening tool and sometimes picks up old issues with little if any importance but if never seen before lead to more testing to make sure no treatment is needed. Smokers can have "dirty lungs" as can asthmatics.The term "scar" is a gestimate. It might be an old calcified lymph node or something worrisome.Urgent care is not the venue to pursue a head scratcher. ...Read more

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Are crackles in your lungs always pneumonia?

No: Not always. Other lung pathology can result in "crackles" when your doctor listens to your lungs. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. John Mancoll
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Cicatrix (Definition)

A cicatrix is a scar. Scars normally form after any wound to the body's tissues, but abnormally thick or large scars on the ...Read more