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Doctor insights on: Pneumonia Infection In Lungs

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Is. Lung infection the same as pneumonia?

Is. Lung infection the same as pneumonia?

Yes and no: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung but there are others such as lung abscesses, septic pulmonary emboli, tuberculosis etc. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about lung infection, isn't it the same as pneumonia?

Can you please tell me about lung infection, isn't it the same as pneumonia?

Possibly: Pneumonia is one type of lung infection. Generally when someone is described as having "pneumonia" healthcare providers are thinking of a bacterial infection of the substance of the lung. Some forms of pneumonia / pneumonitis can also be caused by viruses. Infections of the breathing tubes without infection of the lung tissue is sometimes called bronchitis. ...Read more

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Aspiration pneumonia: what are its causes and cures? What causes fluid build up in the lungs? Will infections set in?

Aspiration pneumonia: what are its causes and cures? What causes fluid build up in the lungs? Will infections set in?

Aspiration pneumonia: It is an inflamation of the lungs due to food, liquids, and often stomach acid entering lungs through the trachea. Its most common in those with swallowing abnormalities where the entrance to trachea is not adequately covered during swallowing. Reflux is often a contributing factor. Often more common in the elderly. Secondary infection may set in. Prevention is important in those predisposed. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Yes, bronchitis: Bronchitis is the infection of the bronchial tumes. Pneumonia is more of an infection that has settled in the terminal ends of the bronchioles and the air sacs (called alveoli). ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a lung infection or pneumonia from breathing in cat litter? The night before my last CT I cleaned out the litter.

Is it possible to get a lung infection or pneumonia from breathing in cat litter? The night before my last CT I cleaned out the litter.

Not really: Well, if you forcefully inhale it directly into your lungs, then yes of course. The amount of dust dispersed and potentially inhaled from normal letterbox cleaning is not a risk though.

Toxoplasmosis, the infection commonly thought of from cat poop, is passed by ingestion from dirty hands, not inhalation, is rare in humans, and generally will not affect healthy non-pregnant people. ...Read more

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Can I fly from ny to london england sick? I've had pneumonia and ear infections for several wks. Had chest xrays and medicine. Had checkup today and dr told me I still have fluid on left lung and ear infections are still there. What would happen if I sti

Can I fly from ny to london england sick? I've had pneumonia and ear infections for several wks. Had chest xrays and medicine. Had checkup today and dr told me I still have fluid on left lung and ear infections are still there. What would happen if I sti

Intuitively,: Intuitively, this doesn't sound like a good idea. I'm assuming you are not contagious otherwise you would be putting other people at potential risk in the small confines of a plane. There would be potential issues with increasing coughing jags with dry pressurized air. On descent, pressure changes in an ear with impaired eustachian tube function could create pain and pressure in your ears and possibly sinus areas. ...Read more

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What three things can cause the lung infection pneumonia?

What three things can cause the lung infection pneumonia?

Bacteria, viruses,: Bacteria, viruses and fungi cause pneumonia. That is to say, there are hundreds of thousands of causes of pneumonia if not more. ...Read more

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How alveloe in lungs fills with fluid by bacterial infection during pneumonia?

How alveloe in lungs fills with fluid by bacterial infection during pneumonia?

Pneumonia: The fluid filling the alveolus, secondary to infection, is quite simply pus/ purulence that develops as white blood cells kill the infectant. A good amount of damage to alveolar cells also occurs due to proteins released from white blood cells designed to recruit more cells to area of infection, creating breaks in cell lining. This causes increased swelling/ fluid leak into air spaces. ...Read more

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Went to my GP due to a chest infection He said he heard some crackles in my lungs does this mean pneumonia or can it still be just a chest infection?

Went to my GP due to a chest infection He said he heard some crackles in my lungs does this mean pneumonia or can it still be just a chest infection?

Not necessarily: A chest infection can be either viral or bacterial. Both of these can cause the mentioned crackles. Plead follow the advice of your doctor and return to see him if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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If chest xray is clear, does that mean lungs are clear of pneumonia and infection?

If chest xray is clear, does that mean lungs are clear of pneumonia and infection?

Chest xrays: Are much more specific than sensitive. If you have a normal chest xray it is unlike but still possible to have a viral or bacterial infection. Chest xrays are usually normal in many asthma patients, including some who are in exacerbation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bacterial pneumonia and a bacterial infection of the lungs?

What's the difference between bacterial pneumonia and a bacterial infection of the lungs?

Not much: Pneumonia is usually used to refer to an infection in the clusters of breathing sacs in the lung. I suppose you could say a bacerial infection of the entry of the lung (tracheitis) could be defined better that way but I have never used it that way. To me they would seem to mean the same thing. ...Read more

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How is someone with a suspected blood clot in the leg and a lung infection (pneumonia) treated?

How is someone with a suspected blood clot in the leg and a lung infection (pneumonia) treated?

Pneumonia: Is treated with antibiotics. Treatment of a blood clot in the leg depends on the type and location of the vein that is thrombosed. If it is an anatomic "deep vein", it may require anticoagulation or more agressive treatment depending on your clinical situation. ...Read more

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PAIN had pneumonia, now gone but lung infection past wk, on meds past wk now glands swollen so bad head hurts, hurt 2 swollow. IN PAIN! Go to doc? Or er?

PAIN had pneumonia, now gone but lung infection past wk, on meds past wk now glands swollen so bad head hurts, hurt 2 swollow. IN PAIN! Go to doc? Or er?

Symptoms: Please go to a local emergency room today. If things aren't to bad they can treat you and send you home. If your conditions is worse you will be transferred to the hospital. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Bad sinus problems, shortness of breath, pain in my right chest. Pneumonia or just bad sinusitis? Two doctors listened to my lungs and turned out good and chest xray came out good. Sinus infection?

Bad sinus problems, shortness of breath, pain in my right chest. Pneumonia or just bad sinusitis? Two doctors listened to my lungs and turned out good and chest xray came out good. Sinus infection?

Pnumonia unlikely: Chest xray is normal and there were normal breath sounds, it is very unlikely pneumonia.But sinusitis can sometime lead to lower respiratory infection like bronchitis which is inflammation in bronchi, that may be causing your shortness of breath.There is also possibility of bronchial asthma, which can be diagnosed by pulmonary function tests.
If symptoms of short of breath persist see a pulmonologis. ...Read more

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Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

No ear drainage asp-: -iration- The ear canals don't drain to the throat/mouth. Certainly any nasal/sinus drainage runs the risk of winding up in the lungs. Coughing is our body's way of attempting to keep the secretions formed in the back of the throat and sinuses out of the airways. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have hazed infiltrates in the right lung field (consider interstitial pneumonitis. TB infection?

Should I be concerned if I have hazed infiltrates in the right lung field (consider interstitial pneumonitis. TB infection?

Depends: I would need more information on your medical history and risk factors. If you have the image available that would be very helpful.

Which country were you born in? Have you been exposed to TB? Do you have fever, cihills, nightsweats, or weight loss? Are you on any medications? ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a chest infection, however the symptoms on a medical website symptom checker suggest pneumonia. Can you help with please?

Tomato tamato: Chest infection/pneumonia usually mean the same thing as long as your on the right antibiotic you should be fine. It will be up to you and your doctor to determine if your on the right meds. ...Read more

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I have rapid breathing with wezzing and upper back pain. I have had pneumonia before could it be that again or a chest infection?

I have rapid breathing with wezzing and upper back pain. I have had pneumonia before could it be that again or a chest infection?

Get checked.: Pneumonia is a chest infection. Other serious problems can cause chest pain and wheezing with trouble breathing, including a blood clot in your lungs. Get seen TODAY and get treated. If you are having a lot of trouble breathing or your pain is severe, get checked NOW, and call for an ambulance, if you cannot get a ride to a nearby emergency department. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia. I have sob, no fever an ear infection flu symtoms and pain when I breathe in. Doc said my chest sounds fine, but can't breathe?

Do I have pneumonia. I have sob, no fever an ear infection flu symtoms and pain when I breathe in. Doc said my chest sounds fine, but can't breathe?

It's possible: Shortness of breath and pain when you breath are concerning for a lung process that could be an infection, although you might likely have a fever, productive cough, & exam findings when examined with a stethoscope. Respiratory infections are more than likely viral but can be produce significant symptoms. Depending on severity, duration, & other symptoms, a follow-up exam/xray or 2nd op can help. ...Read more

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Double pneumonia 3 yrs ago. Bad chest infection 3 months ago. CT scan showed 1.6cm enlarged hilar lymph node & emphysema & unchanged 3 months later.?

Double pneumonia 3 yrs ago. Bad chest infection 3 months ago. CT scan showed 1.6cm enlarged hilar lymph node & emphysema & unchanged 3 months later.?

Repeated pneumonias: For a non-smoker getting emphysema (COPD) and then recurrent pneumonia raises some questions. Any history of travel to Asia or Africa? Specifically reasons to suspect TB? Also weight loss and or night sweats will sway me to get a biopsy of that hilar node. If the answer is No to above questions then simply repeating the CT scan after 6 months may suffice. Talk to a pulmonologist (lung doc). ...Read more

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Doc toild me I have bacteria pneumoina infection in the bottom of right lung. When can I go back to training? Forgot to ask him.

When better: Finish your antibiotics; keep a light exercise regimen up during that time, and then gradually work your way back into shape. Don't try to return to your previous workouts right away - it may be 1-3 months before you'll be at full speed. ...Read more

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I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs?

I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs?

Very: If you have positive blood cultures for staph aureus (ask your doctor what species of staph since if it is coagulase negative it is probably a contaminant) you are very seriously ill and infective endocarditis must be excluded from your diagnosis. You need to be seen in consultation by an infectious diseases expert. Hope you get over this soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the micro-organisms other than streptococcus pneumonae which cause lung infections?

What are the micro-organisms other than streptococcus pneumonae which cause lung infections?

Many: Common ones include legionella, mycoplasma, chlamydia species (not the types which cause sexually transmitted infections). Many viruses can also cause lung infections. The list goes on. ...Read more

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Cold, ear infection, alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month. Chest Xray showed clear lungs, chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia. Smoker. Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist. What does this mean? Is scar a problem?

Cold, ear infection, alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month. Chest Xray showed clear lungs, chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia. Smoker. Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist. What does this mean? Is scar a problem?

Nothing specific: The x-ray is really just a good screening tool and sometimes picks up old issues with little if any importance but if never seen before lead to more testing to make sure no treatment is needed. Smokers can have "dirty lungs" as can asthmatics. The term "scar" is a gestimate. It might be an old calcified lymph node or something worrisome.Urgent care is not the venue to pursue a head scratcher. ...Read more

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Am I write in thinking that although HYPOSTATIC PNEUMONIA is not itself an infection it can be caused by an infection? But can it have other causes?

Bedridden immobility: Hypostatic pneumonia comes from shallow breathing while lying in a single position for a long time. Therefore bronchial secretions usually cleared by deep breathing & coughing instead settle by gravity in lower portions of the lung & become seats of infection. Usually in bedridden elderly. Also big reason why activity is encouraged right after major surgery. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Could I get an infection easily, or pneumonia from water going down the wrong tube in the shower? I coughed a lot and vomited a bit when it happened.

Could I get an infection easily, or pneumonia from water going down the wrong tube in the shower? I coughed a lot and vomited a bit when it happened.

Very unlikely.: Ingested water, if not in large amount, like in drowning, comes out due to coughing which is body's natural way to remove foreign objects. After a lot of coughing, as you did, most of it must have come out. Whatever didn't usually gets absorbed in to body. Besides shower water also do not carry germs which could cause infection like pneumonia. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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