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Lungs After Pneumonia
Is it normal to have fibrotic changes to your lung after pneumonia is resolved? What symptoms should one expect? Is there a treatment?
Yes: It is common to have areas of scarification after a severe pneumonia. Fortunately it is usually a small area of the lung that is asymptomatic that results. It's symptoms may include shortness of breath when walking but this usually may resolve. But the more episodes occur the worse it is. Smoking in the worst factor that worsens the occurrence of any lung disease. ...Read more
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: Absolutely. Not sure if you are referring to pleural effusion (liquid in the space between the tissues surrounding the lungs), or to congestion due to fluid in air spaces in the lung which could be fluid overload during surgery, congestive heart failure, other. If is hospital acquired pneumonia this can be life-threatening, particularly if due to multi-antibiotic resistant microorganisms. ...Read more
Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried
Time, usually: Most forms of pneumonia in children do not produce permanent changes in lung tissues, and with time and gradual increases in physical activity your child should recover uneventfully. If, however, they fail to do so, would strongly recommend they being seen by a pediatrician or pediatric pulmonologist. Truly believe and hope this will not be needed. Hope they get well soon. ...Read more
Diagnosed with pneumonia 10/21, 2 different abx taken. Now, lungs are clear but still feel restrictive like "air hunger". Is this normal, 4 wks later?
Secretions: The rattling sound from lungs is generally due to vibrations produced by retained secretions (mucus/phlegm) in the airways (breathing tubes) in your lungs. Mucus buildup can be due to several reasons - infections, ineffective coughing, bronchitis, chronic smoking, exposure to air pollution etc. Have yr doctor examine you to ensure there are no problems with your lungs that need immediate attention. ...Read more
I have pneumonia and have had fluids pulled off lungs. It keeps coming back. Why is this happening?
Pleural effusion: Pleural effusion or fluid around lungs is a common complication of pneumonia, occurs in 30-40% and a lot of time depends on what type of bacteria causing pneumonia. Sometimes when it's not adequately drained first time, it may require repeat drainage or even chest tube or surgery. Other underlying medical problems such as heart conditions or weakened immune system or smoking also prolong recovery ...Read more
Does pneumonia mean fluid accumulation in the lungs? Does it happen in every case? How is it treated?
What can be causing constant clear sticky mucus to be forming on my lungs every day for 3 months now. I had pneumonia 6 months ago.?
Don't know: How can you see the constant sticky clear mucus, forming on the surface of your lungs everyday for 3 months? This is medically impossible. Thanks. ...Read more
Generally not: If pneumonia is community acquired, your physician will usually treat you with antibiotics given normal flora present in your community. Biopsy is not required unless the pneumonia does not resolve and there might be cause for concern when considering your medical history. In such cases, a bronchoscopy may be required. This is rare if only a pneumonia is concerned. ...Read more
You can: All types of pneumonias may have crackles in the bases of lung affected. ...Read more
Yes it can recover: A lot depends on the cause of the fluid removed but in general one could recover back to normal but a lot of factors are involved. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the fact that if you had any complications due to your pneumonia such as lung abscess, empyema or cavity formation due to necrotizing pneumonia etc. Most patients with pneumonia slowly heal & their chest xray may take 6-8 weeks to show improvement. Evaluation by a pulmonologist may help clarify things for you. ...Read more
Is pneumonia in one lung very serious? Can it be transmitted? How long should full recovery take?
1 lung is the usual: The most common forms of pneumonia in an 18 year old usually only affect one lung and most of the time, recovery is complete. Yes, pneumonia is contagious, but usually not as contagious as a cold or the flu. It depends upon type of bacteria or virus that is causing the pneumonia, but it most cases you should feel significantly better within 24-36 hours after you start the proper treatment. ...Read more
What are the chances of someone getting pneumonia a month after they got it cleared out of one lung?
I got fluid and a little bit of food down my windpipe into my lungs. Could this develop into pneumonia?
I just got over pneumonia last week and it feels like its back but in the opposite lung. Is that possible?
Possible but unlikely...NONETHELESS get that checked out! A hands on examination is indicated... (plus a follow-up chest x ray anyway to be sure the first infection is cleared up!
Hope this is helpful
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How do you cure hyperactive lungs that have developed 5 months after pneumonia? I can't get my lungs back to 100% and nothing is working.
It can take a while: Even healthy young people can take a while to bounce back after pneumonia. I am guessing you are referring to hyper-reactive airways that are causing you to cough, wheeze, or feel short of breath. There are many medications for this. If you haven't had follow-up care since your illness, go back to see your doctor. And if what you're doing isn't working, tell him/her so you can re-strategize. ...Read more
Should I be concerned that I have been told I have a Lung infiltration. Been treated for pneumonia but still hasn't cleared. Hasn't changed either.
See doc.: You don't say how long you have had the infiltration and how long it's been since you were treated for pneumonia. If month after antibiotics, if infiltrate is still there, further tests are needed, which may include blood tests and a MRI or CT of the chest. This may be something easily treated, or it may be something more serious. Please be sure to follow up as directed. ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with pneumonia. What should be value on the spirometer be a goal to reach to know my lungs are better. I am a 40 yr fit female?
I wouldn't recommend:
Ms/Mrs. Lamb, after a true pneumonia, your lungs probably will take some time to recover. However, I usually follow this recovery clinically - which means is based on the absence of fever and progressive improvement in the shortness of breath. You will be coughing while your body cleans itself - remember that cough (and mucus) are like the "sweeper" of the lungs.
Unless you have asthma...do you? ...Read more
I inhaled a small fragment of a crisp. I couged but no very much and I didn't feel it come back up. Might it be in my lungs and might I get pneumonia?
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