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Dr. John Leander Po
1,117 doctors shared insights

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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more