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Pneumonia In Older People
Etiology: In 3 year olds most pneumonias are caused by bacteria which require therapy with appropriate antibiotic. Diffrent bacteria are destroyed by different antibiotics. If pneumonia is severe sometimes hospitalization is necessary. Very virulent pneumonias sometimes require placement of chest tubes and assisted ventilation for resolution. ...Read more
Do a diagnosis of acute pneumonia require hospitalization to a otherwise healthy 43 year old female?
Previously healthy 35 yr old female. Had pneumonia for first time ever in March. Will I be prone to get it again now that I have had it?
Follow up appt: Pneumonia takes time to resolve. If your doctor has determined that antibiotics are needed, some reasons that the pneumonia may linger includes resistance of the bacteria to the antibiotic, skipped doses or another infection in addition to the original one. A follow up appt with your doctor is suggested. ...Read more
Depends: Does the kid have normal health prior to the illness? What circumstances led to the pneumonia?What type of pneumonia is it? We routinely see/treat pneumonias in 11 yo as an outpatient.Most have a viral process that self heals, some have other germs that can be worrisome. I have seen influenza & bacterial pneumonia almost kill a kid, but illness that bad is quite rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: Depends on the cause but most pneumonias in this age group are treated with antibiotics and babies recover in 10 to 14 days with treatment. ...Read more
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