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Doctor insights on: Pneumonia Fever After Antibiotics

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Almost 6 days since dx w/pneumonia, starting antibiotic.Still have 101 fever,severe cough w/phlegm,chest/back pain.Is this normal?

Not normal : It sounds like you need a re-evaluation to make sure a complicating feature to this infection isn't at play or that there isn't an alternative diagnosis beyond just an uncomplicated pneumonia. ...Read more

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Nosocomial pneumonia, male (age 60), fever 103 for 3days. Antibiotic started 2days ago (augmentin, azithro). When will temp. normalize? Is it serious?

Nosocomial pneumonia, male (age 60), fever 103 for 3days. Antibiotic started 2days ago (augmentin, azithro). When will temp. normalize? Is it serious?

It can take a while: The condition sound serious. Nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections are usually worse than "walking pneumonia" of the community. You'll be on antibiotics for 7-10 day (avg), & barring relapse, you start to feel better around that time. The fevers can persist until then, but usually dissipate in 2-3 days. If fevers persist, talk to your doc about changing antibiotics. Any lung infection is serious. ...Read more

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Pneumonia-whats wrong if after 3days of taking zithromax antibiotic, the fever never subsides.It still ranges 38.3-39.5°c.&still has shoulder-back ache?

Pneumonia-whats wrong if after 3days of taking zithromax antibiotic, the fever never subsides.It still ranges 38.3-39.5°c.&still has shoulder-back ache?

?drug resistant: Under circumstances, do not delay, and contact your doctor immediately. Not every infection responds to an antibiotic, and you might have a drug resistant organism or even a problem secondary to a viral organism. Since you are not responding, you need attention now. ...Read more

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Why am I given a 2nd antibiotic for pneumonia even though have no cough, no fever? Should I take it? Recent quit smoking. Chest pain/short of breath.

Why am I given a 2nd antibiotic for pneumonia even though have no cough, no fever? Should I take it? Recent quit smoking. Chest pain/short of breath.

Pneumonia: You have not provided enough info to allow an intelligent comment. If you have questions about the manner in which you are being treated and cannot get straight answers from the doctor you are seeing it might be very beneficial for you to get a second opinion. If you can contact an infectious diseases expert that might be the best avenue. ...Read more

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Day 10 pneumonia, 2nd antibiotic+steroid,fever,chills,sweats,joint pain now gone but chest still rattling/wheezing/gurgling. PF 55% best. Recommend?

Day 10 pneumonia, 2nd antibiotic+steroid,fever,chills,sweats,joint pain now gone but chest still rattling/wheezing/gurgling. PF 55% best. Recommend?

Mgt: I would suggest another visit with your PCP. You may need to use an inhaled steroid combined with Albuterol/serevent more often or they may increase the dose of the inhaled steroid.
They will also assess you for the use of oral steroids. Another chest Radiograph may be obtained at that time. ...Read more

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Doctor thinks I have pneumonia.Started antiobiotics. Fever stopped. Heart rate very high (85-100). I'm worried, is it normal?

Doctor thinks I have pneumonia.Started antiobiotics. Fever stopped. Heart rate very high (85-100). I'm worried, is it normal?

See below: It would not be unusual for you to have a mild to moderate increase in pulse rate during early treatment for pneumonia. 85-100 is not a very high heart rate. The fact that your fever is better suggests your antibiotic treatment is effective. If you are feeling better don't worry about a pulse of 85-100. It will return to your baseline after resolution of your pneumonia and any deconditioning. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with pneumonial & fever 40 celcious, hospitalized and treated with antibiotic, till now, fever still, but drop to 37.5 - 37.9, shall i worry?

Diagnosed with pneumonial & fever 40 celcious, hospitalized and treated with antibiotic, till now, fever still, but drop to 37.5 - 37.9, shall i worry?

Hard to know: It sounds superficially as if you are getting slowly better. Fever is a result of ongoing inflammation which is necessary to help fight the infection. It may not go away immediately. You should discuss this with the doctor treating you. ...Read more

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Child has pnemonia still low grade fever while antibiotics is that ok?

Child has pnemonia still low grade fever while antibiotics is that ok?

Depends: Continued fever with pneumonia while already on oral antibiotics can be of concern. It may be indicative of a pleural effusion (fluid in the lining of the lung). It can also just mean you need to give the antibiotics more time to work. I suggest discussing this with your doctor and getting a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Child has strep and very mucusy cough that began after starting antibiotics, could this be pnuemonia? Still has fever after dose 3 of antibiotics

Child has strep and very mucusy cough that began after starting antibiotics, could this be pnuemonia?  Still has fever after dose 3 of antibiotics

See doctor now: it is not clear that your child has strep pharyngitis or not? Was it confirmed by rapid strep screen? You said he had 3 doses or 3 kinds of antibiotics? Any way he is still running a fever. He needs to see the doctor ASAP. Maybe more blood tests or CXR need to done to make a correct diagnosis and followed by appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Sick for 6 weeks. On my 3rd antibiotic. Lyme, mono, flu, pneumonia all ruled out. Today's tests - sed rate 38 and C-reactive protein 1.7. Now what?

Sick for 6 weeks. On my 3rd antibiotic. Lyme, mono, flu, pneumonia all ruled out. Today's tests - sed rate 38 and C-reactive protein 1.7. Now what?

?: Need to compare to previous readings, looks like those numbers are coming down, regardless, please keep the follow up with your treating physicians, hopefully you will get well soon, what counts more is how you look like clinically, as we treat patients not lab results, wish you wellness ...Read more

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On 10-4-12 i was given a flu shot & pnemonia inj in arm. Developed cellulitis within a day . Finished antibodic but arm still looks terrible?

On 10-4-12 i was given a flu shot & pnemonia inj in arm. Developed cellulitis within a day . Finished antibodic but arm still looks terrible?

Local reaction: The overwhelming probability is that you reacted adversely to something in the injected material, whether the antibiotic or the carrier. If it is not getting worse, time is the great healer. Warm compresses at this point might be helpful. On rare occasions this may represent infection from a contaminated injection. If so and you are getting worse, see doctor asap. ...Read more

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Why does pneumonia cause fever?

Why does pneumonia cause fever?

Chemicals: Infections cause the release of chemicals ( interleukins) from white cells. These chemicals are extremely potent and mediate a variety of host responses to infection including raising your temperature. Your body seems to fight a bit better at warmer temps and some bacteria don't do as well. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia always have a fever with it?

Does pneumonia always have a fever with it?

Usually: Pneumonia is generally described as a febrile illness with a cough and a chest x-ray finding consistent with infection in one or more lobes of the lung. Immune compromised patients or very elderly patients may not have a fever.... But even they usually do. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have pneumonia with out a fever?

Could you potentially have pneumonia with out a fever?

Yes: Yes, i see it all the time. Especially if you are immune compromised. Btw i'm originally from your neck of the woods. I went to port jefferson high school. Elvhs
feel better. ...Read more

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Strep pneumonia always have fever?

Strep pneumonia always have fever?

No: Not all infections have fever. You can have strep pneumonia without a fever. ...Read more

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Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?

Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?

Depends: This all depends on how large the stroke was and which parts of the brain were affected. Also, getting pneumonia on top of that likely complicated things. I wish him well, but unfortunately, you are at a "wait and see" point in his care. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter has a slight case of pneumonia and her fever now ranges between 99-100. Is this normal? it used to be between 102-104.

My 4 year old daughter has a slight case of pneumonia and her fever now ranges between 99-100. Is this normal? it used to be between 102-104.

Fever: Typically after 48 hours of antibiotics doctors like to see temperatures below 100.4, if not we need to re-evaluate the treatment and diagnosis. 99-100 is acceptable, but also be looking at her other symptoms.... Her respiratory rate, her energy level, her cough, if those are not improving that is cause for re eval as well. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia last week. Highest fever of 104.5 went down after a day. Feel much better, small cough. When can I return to training?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia last week. Highest fever of 104.5 went down after a day. Feel much better, small cough. When can I return to training?

When you are ready: Glad you are better. Go back to training when you feel up to it. Don't expect to return to your pre-illness form just yet. If this was really pneumonia (and not just some viral upper respiratory illness) you should expect to have some difficulty at first with endurance- or aerobic activities. My guess is you had the flu or a similar illness and yo are ready to go. ...Read more

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My son has been coughing for almost three weeks, he has no fever and 10 days ago was diagnosed with pneumonia how long will the cough last he is 13?

My son has been coughing for almost three weeks, he has no fever and 10 days ago was diagnosed with pneumonia  how long will the cough last   he is 13?

Post Pneumonia Cough: This cough can last weeks to months. Discuss with his doctor things that can be done to help such as inhalers, steroids and cough suppressants. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia always present with a fever?

Does pneumonia always present with a fever?

Pneumonia: There are no specific symptoms in patients with pneumonia that are present all the time, including fever. Whether you mount a fever or not depends on many variables, but the key to diagnosing pneumonia is the demonstration that the lung tissues are involved, usually by imaging studies, although a good clinician can demonstrate this by exam at the bedside. ...Read more

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Could I really have pneumonia if no fever?

Could I really have pneumonia if no fever?

No fever pneumonia: Yes, absolutely. Fever may not occur with all infections. ...Read more

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Can the body heal itself of pneumonia heaviness in chest, slight fever

Can the body heal itself of pneumonia heaviness in chest, slight fever

If : If you think you may have pneumonia then you should see a doctor because bacterial pneumonia requires antibiotics, meaning the body will not "heal itself." chest heaviness and slight fever are very non-specific symptoms. A more detailed history, a physical exam, and necessary testing will help in making a diagnosis and directed treatment.
Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I have influenza, but my fever is breaking slightly. Can i still get pneumonia?

Yes: One of the major problems with influenza infections is that they can defeat the body's defense system and let other germs cause disease. Pneumonia caused by bacteria is a particular worry. Once your symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue) start to improve, they should continue to improve. If there is any worsening, contact your doctor right away. ...Read more

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My daughter has pneumonia and now my son has a fever. Could he be getting pneumonia?

Maybe,maybe not: Some forms of pneumonia are contagious and some not. The cold that may precede pneumonia is certainly contagious, and that may be all it is. Be vigilant and have your son evaluated if the symptoms amplify to the point you are concerned. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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