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Medicine For Pneumonia
What is pneumonia? What are those medicine can heal pneumonia? How can I prevent or how to prevent pneumonia?
Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of lung, usually caused by bacteria or virus but also by fungus, too. Chemicals can cause similar pneumonitis or inflammatory response. Cancers & foreign objects can also block lungs too. Best way to prevent pneumonia is to avoid being coughed/sneezed upon, wash hands frequently, don't smoke, maintain your immune system via diet & exercise. Most important, stop smoking! ...Read more
Would rapper Eazy E have been save-able with modern medicine? He presented with aids, pneumonia, and t cell count of only 14. But this was in 1995
HIV AIDS: That is a very low T-cell count. But if he had no serious intercurrent infections it seems likely that he could be treated effectively in this day and age. Tremendous advances in care and management of HIV, but AIDS still carries risk for mordidity and mortaility. So it may depend on the pneumonia that you mentioned and how severe etc. ...Read more
Can Clydamycin be used to treat bronchitis? I've seen the drug has coverage for pneumonia, but no description specifically mentions bronchitis.
Bronchitis: In 95% of cases, acute bronchitis is viral, so antibiotics in general would have no benefit. The mainstay of treatment here would really be steroids and inhalers. For the minority of cases that are bacterial, better antibiotic choices exist, such as Azithromycin or Levofloxacin. ...Read more
My 2 year old son was diagnosed with pneumonia on friday, the 21st. I wanted to know when should I take him back to the emergency room? He is taking all his medicines.
See a Pediatrician: The er is not a great place for follow up care. It is best to see a pediatrician or your primary care provider. If you don't have one, it would be good to establish with one. Most kids with pneumonia should be checked in a couple of days to see if they are starting to improve. Definitely call the doctor if the fever does not decrease in a few days, increased breathing problems or anything new. ...Read more
It depends: That makes things somewhat more clear. Baby's don't get bronchitis, but bronchiolitis (lower airway inflammation). There is no treatment as it is a viral infection, just symptom support. If your baby received an x-ray and the doctor said they have pneumonia, than Amoxicillin is the first line treatment. ...Read more
I have had pneumonia for 3 weeks no medicine is working and now I can't take a breath without extreme pain. What could be going on?
Need follow up: If you have not had a follow u with your doctor, it seems like it may be time. You may benefit from a pain medication. I know it may hurt to breath but you need to to keep your airway open. Your doctor can help by giving you a spirometer which can help you take deep breathes. ...Read more
Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used. Help?
Not likely: Exposure to a high level of mold may cause a pneumonitis or inflammatory condition of the lungs but this is very uncommon. Mold on your house may trigger allergies but it's unlikely to pneumonia in the truest sense. As far as differing from other mods, you have to ask a mycologist! ...Read more
I have a brother who has cirrohsis, hepatitis C and just got pneumonia he is a drug IV user and drinks and smokes is this very bad?
Yes: Your brother has many medical co-morbidities that will make almost any medical problem in him worse and more difficult to treat. He needs to be under the care of a doctor, closely. ...Read more
My 9 month old has pneumonia and just started omnicef (cefdinir). Is there any kind of medicine maybe steroid to help that he should be taking also?
When a high fever breaks on its own with no medicine does that mean the cold is almost over? Would zpak help keep pneumonia away, or is that a good rx
For your four year old daughter, preventative antibiotics are not suggested. Most of the illnesses at this age are viral and not treated with antibiotics. Certain conditions associated with underlying chronic infections though, may warrant the use of chronic antibiotics.
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I fell ill some time back doctor said its pneumonia but even after having medicine I still feel weak?
Sounds reasonable.: It is common to feel weak for quite a while following major illness, but that is a pronouncement best made by your physician. I would hate to overlook something. ...Read more
When a high fever breaks on its own with no medicine does that mean the cold is almost over? On zpak for bronchitis. Will this keep pneumonia away
My 82 year-old grandma in China is suffering from varicella pneumonia. Is there any over-the-counter drugs I can purchase from US that would help her?
My 5 year old has severe pneumonia. When should I go to a hospital? The medicine that our pediatrician has prescribed doesn't seem to be working, and my son seems to be getting worse. At what point in the symptoms should I take him to the hospital?
I've got pneumonia and my doctor prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime).How fast does this medicine will work?
Depends: A lot depends or organism bacteria or mycoplasma or viral. If organism susceptible to antibiotic should start to feel better in 3 days. Some times complications of pneumonia such as empyema and extent of consolidation in lung enter into time of healing. Sometimes there can be progression because of lack of sensitivity of organism to antibiotic. Radiographs often define extent of the problem. ...Read more
My 4 year old has pneumonia and his coughing interrupts his sleep. Should he take cough medicine or will that make his infection worse?
It won't help much: Cough is the body's way to remove material from the airway. With pneumonia, cough is a common symptom as the body is trying to clear the infection out of the lungs. While the cough is annoying and disrupts sleep, it is also necessary to get better. Humidity, increasing fluids, and sleeping with the head and chest elevated are safe treatments that can be tried. I hope he gets better soon. ...Read more
Pneumonia and am currently taking biaxin (clarithromycin). My mouth is producingand annoying. Is this a side effect of the drug, or being ill?
Both possible: The medication you are taking can produce unpleasant tastes, but you don't specify what the problem is. Certainly people who are ill may have a variety of manifestations of the illness, and in addition, antibiotics can predispose one to secondary infections, like thrush, which can be very unpleasant. ...Read more
Urine culture shows kllebsiella pneumonia (esbl+carbapenemase).Sensitive drugs only 2 out of 30 antimicrobial. I.E. Colistin & polymyxin b.What to do?
Chance of grandfather surviving pneumonia? He is almost 88. He was just in the hospital for a UTI and he went back in after a seizure = new medicine.
QOL: Question would be how otherwise healthy is your grandfather. Why the seizure? History of seizures? Probably better if history of seizures, since people with history of seizures tend to have them when they are sick. Also better if had a seizure secondary to an antibiotic lowering threshold for seizures...Meropenem, etc. On ventilator? ...Read more
What to do if I have pneumonia and my doctor prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime). Any idea how fast this medicine will work?
Depends: Get better if bacterial infection. Ceftin (cefuroxime) belongs to cephalosporin antibiotic group.. Ceftin (cefuroxime) is used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections, including severe or life-threatening forms. If organsim sensitive should start to feel better in week. May take weeks to fully recuperate. Time depends on kind of organism and its suceptibility to antibiotic. Some people have allergies to antibiotics. ...Read more
Please told me the best treatment, medicines and vaccines for cure of my newborn baby (45 days) pneumonia. And the aftershocks of pneumonia?
My 9 month old baby has pneumonia and I have him on his prescription antibiotic. Can he also take a cough medicine?
Agree no meds: I completely agree with dr bergman. Please do not give any medications to your 9 month old. While it has been common practice in the past, and physicians often recommended drugs for cough and cold, recent studies have shown they do not help and may in fact cause harm. No child under 2 years old should take any cough/cold meds, including over the counter. ...Read more