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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Overview)

An inflammation of the lungs, most commonly caused by infection.


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What are symptoms of pneumonia?

What are symptoms of pneumonia?

Signs of pneumonia: A persistent cough and fever over 102 fever commonly with shaking chills and sweating (although older people may have lower-than-normal body temperature), shortness of breath,
chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy), occasional headache, muscle pain, fatigue. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Overview)

An inflammation of the lungs, most commonly caused by infection.


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How do you treat pneumonia?

Antibiotics depends: It vis treated with antibiotics and the choice of antibiotics depends on whether it is nursing home aquired pneumonia, community aquired pneumonia, hospital aquired pneumonia and if it is in pediatric age group or young patients, diabetics or geriatric age group. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Pneumonia (Tip)

Do take frequent naps to help aid in the recovery of your pneumonia. ...See more

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What can cause pneumonia?

What can cause pneumonia?

Lots of things: Lots of things can cause pneumonia, which is an infection of the lung. Bacteria, viruses & fungi can all cause pneumonia. However, so can aspiration which occurs when choking on something, typically stomach contents. Appropriate vaccines are very useful in decreasing certain, but not all, pneumonias. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between bronchial pneumonia and just pneumonia?

What is the main difference between bronchial pneumonia and just pneumonia?

Bronchopneumonia: This term typically applies to pneumonia which involves multiple areas of the lung rather than being confined to one lobe or otherwise localized. It may also suggest the means by which the pneumonia occurred, implying that it was preceded by bronchial infection or extension through the bronchi. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Tip)

Expect that it will take a couple of months to feel back to normal after a bout of pneumonia. Rest! ...See more

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What is the definition of pneumonia in community?

What is the definition of pneumonia in community?

Aquired by somone: Community acquired pneumonia is a lung infection that one acquires out in the community - you catch it from someone out there who gives you the bug that causes it. ...Read more

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How does pneumonia cause cervical lymphadenophaties?

How does pneumonia cause cervical lymphadenophaties?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes are an integral portion of the immune system and enlarge when fighting infection or other inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Coughing from a pneumonia infection can go on for months even after successful treatment. ...See more

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What are the signs of pneumonia?

What are the signs of pneumonia?

Colored phlegm, fever: A cough productive of colored (yellow/green or other colors)
phlegm. Elderly patients often do not have fever. Other signs
to look for are rapid heart rate, chest pain. Prompt treatment
of pneumonia with antibiotics and diagnosis with chest exam/chest xray is important. Additional risk factors such as underlying disease of smoking/hypertension/diabetes make someone more prone to infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Pneumonia (Tip)

Finish all your antibiotics, stay hydrated, rest, try to eat balanced diet. Sleep well. Follow dr. ...See more

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Can a doctor diagnosis pneumonia in a child 3 and a half years old without a radiography?

Can a doctor diagnosis pneumonia in a child 3 and a half years old without a radiography?

Yes: Pneumonia is often diagnosed clinically based on history and physical exam. Pneumonia may change the breath sounds heard with a stethescope by the physician. Chest xray is done at times to help determine the extent of the pneumonia or if the child is not responding to treatment. ...Read more

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If a patient has pulmonary oedema but pneumonia is suspected then can an X-ray still give a reliable diagnosis? Is there another standard diagnostic test that can be used in these circumstances?

If a patient has pulmonary oedema but pneumonia is suspected then can an X-ray still give a reliable diagnosis? Is there another standard diagnostic test that can be used in these circumstances?

Combination: The answer lies in a combination of clinical history, and examination supported by specific imaging and laboratory testing which requires experience and training. Rely on the doctor treating you. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
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Pneumonia (Tip)

It takes time for all changes in the lungs to reverse. Be patient, don't overdo physical exercise. ...See more

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Shortness of breath with mucus for a year. Doc has said Gerd. Doesn't think asthma. Smoked 10 yrs.25. Lung test normal. Copd? Pneumonia? Just smoking?

Shortness of breath with mucus for a year. Doc has said Gerd. Doesn't think asthma. Smoked 10 yrs.25. Lung test normal. Copd? Pneumonia? Just smoking?

Quit smoking: The most obvious answer of course is that you have to stop smoking. There is no benefit from smoking, and as long as you continue to do so, you will be short of breath and have increased mucous and cough. You know this. Smoking makes asthma, GERD and COPD worse if you have them. Smoking causes other serious chronic health problems, such as cancers, stroke, heart disease. Have you tried Chantix? ...Read more

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What are the tests for atypical pneumonia?

Various: There are antibody panels (in which the diagnosis is retrospective), and pcrs and non-specific indicators as well as cultures for some. These may be viral, mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, tb, fungal and others. The tests ordered will depend upon the history and physical exam and initial lab results. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Tip)

Incentive spirometry, or taking deep breaths and holding them, can help open up your lungs. ...See more