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Is it normal to have fibrotic changes to your lung after pneumonia is resolved? What symptoms should one expect? Is there a treatment?

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

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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Is fluid on lungs and pneumonia after gallbladder removed serious?

Is fluid on lungs and pneumonia after gallbladder removed serious?

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

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Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Probably normal: These changes are typical after pneumonia, but should resolve within 6-12 weeks. Ask whomever was treating you for the pneumonia about the need for a follow up chest X-ray in a couple months. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Are crackles in your lungs always pneumonia?

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

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Does pneumonia in children damage their lungs?

Does pneumonia in children damage their lungs?

Most often no: Kids' lungs are quite resilient and a quite good at healing very well after infections. Even after severe infections. The vast majority of children recover extremely well after a pneumonia with no future problems. ...Read more

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What are some ways for a child to strengthen his lungs back to normal after a bout of pneumonia?

What are some ways for a child to strengthen his lungs back to normal after a bout of pneumonia?

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

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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?

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?

Mgt: I would suggest monitoring your temperature, and being seen again by your PCP. The pneumonia may have recurred or resulted in a change in your airways. I would suggest pulmonary testing and an x ray. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a rattle sound in my lungs, is it pneumonia?

What to do if I have a rattle sound in my lungs, is it pneumonia?

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

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Is it possible for an 8 month old to have pneumonia in both his lungs?

Yes.: Pneumonia can be localized affecting just a small portion of the lung or widely distributed. When widely distributed, this could be referred to as multifocal or multilobar pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia and have had fluids pulled off lungs. It keeps coming back. Why is this happening?

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

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Does pneumonia mean fluid accumulation in the lungs? Does it happen in every case? How is it treated?

Does pneumonia mean fluid accumulation in the lungs? Does it happen in every case? How is it treated?

Lung infection: pneumonia is lung infection and can be caused by mostly virus or bacteria. Generally some fluid accumulation may be associated with pneumonia but sometimes larger amounts of fluid accumulate surrounding the lung, which may need to be drained. ...Read more

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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

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Should a biopsy be done on the lung if has pneumonia?

Should a biopsy be done on the lung if has pneumonia?

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

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Can someone get pneumonia that only infects one lung mainly?

Can someone get pneumonia that only infects one lung mainly?

Yes: There are many different causes of pneumonia, some affecting only one lobe of one lung, some involving all lobes of both lungs. Any combination is possible. ...Read more

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If you have atypical pneumonia, are you likely to get crackles in lungs?

If you have atypical pneumonia, are you likely to get crackles in lungs?

You can: All types of pneumonias may have crackles in the bases of lung affected. ...Read more

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Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia. Does that mean lung cancet?

Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia. Does that mean lung cancet?

No: No, it does not mean lung cancer. Infiltrate is a consolidation and inflammation of infected tissue. Should get resolved with treatment. ...Read more

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What r the medications given for lung pneumonia and for low long pls, thanks?

What r the medications given for lung pneumonia and for low long pls, thanks?

Ambiguous: Antibiotics. And for as long as it takes to get better. Usually for at least ten days.

There is no way to be more specific. It depends on the history, the kind of pneumonia, and all kinds of other variables. ...Read more

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How lung can one fully recover from fluid extracted from lung due to pneumonia.?

How lung can one fully recover from fluid extracted from lung due to pneumonia.?

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

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I had double pneumonia and a dr. Told me my lung would never heal. From that is that true?

I had double pneumonia and a dr. Told me my lung would never heal. From that is that true?

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

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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

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I got fluid and a little bit of food down my windpipe into my lungs. Could this develop into pneumonia?

It's possible.: It is certainly possible that you could develop pneumonia from aspiration of solid and liquid material. Try to cough out as much of it as you can. If you do start coughing up phlegm, running fevers, or becoming short of breath, see your doctor immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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I just got over pneumonia last week and it feels like its back but in the opposite lung. Is that possible?

I just got over pneumonia last week and it feels like its back but in the opposite lung. Is that possible?

Yes: 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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Good morning dr. I would like to ask, . Does consolidation of lungs in pneumonia is the same as that happen at tuberculosis?

Pneumonia: Consolidation is the change happens with pneumonia caused by any infectious agent, the picture and location may vary depending upon the type of the bug. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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 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

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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?

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?

Mgt: It is possible to have an nice tigon following aspiration into the lungs. Typically though if you are healthy, the lung can remove food particles effectively. If you experience respiratory problems, fever or chills please see the ED. ...Read more

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I got an xray for lungs last september 12 and I mentioned that there is a sign for paracardiac pneumonia. But I was not able to get the result checked?

Another: Chest xray might alleviate your fears. In all likelihood your pneumonia healed without leaving a trace. If you feel well doing nothing more is also a very reasonable approach. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more