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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


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Almost done with oxygen therapy after pneumonia. Levels with no ox ther/ from 94-98. How can I tell if im getting too much and could it b dangerous?

Almost done with oxygen therapy after pneumonia. Levels with no ox ther/ from 94-98. How can I tell if im getting too much and could it b dangerous?

It's very safe : If your oxygen saturations are in the mid 90s you are getting enough oxygen. Supplemental oxygen at home is always in low enough concentrations that it will not be harmful. Don't worry. ...Read more

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Should my oxygen leves be low after having pneumonia.

Can be low as: You recover but should return to normal within a week or two, if remains low see your doctor,. ...Read more

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My 7 month is in the hosp for cough / poss pneumonia her oxygen has been 89 90 is this ok and why?

My 7 month is in the hosp for cough / poss pneumonia her oxygen has been 89 90 is this ok and why?

No: The reason they're keeping him/her in the hospital is that a baby's oxygen saturation should be above 97% so they're probably giving him/her extra oxygen. As the pneumonia or respiratory process gets better, that should improve. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia temporarily decrease the immune system since lesser oxygen can be taken into the body?

Does pneumonia temporarily decrease the immune system since lesser oxygen can be taken into the body?

Not quite: A bad one will knock out areas of lung so not allowing oxygen to enter the body as readily. But usually the immune system does the opposite and becomes increased in response — which is why people look and get very sick. If any concerns re immune system down and not recovering from pneumonia recommend urgent medical examination from a doctor licensed in your area. ...Read more

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Was in the hospital last month with pneumonia. Was only 50% oxygen when I went in also have empbyzema. Started havi g severe headaches and still do?

Was in the hospital last month with pneumonia. Was only 50% oxygen when I went in also have empbyzema. Started havi g severe headaches and still do?

Headache: Anytime I see ppl who have headaches that start in the hospital, i always question... What now is different such as medications (nitroglycerin, aggrenox, ssris, etc) or new electrolyte disturbances... Potassium, sodium, etc. ...Read more

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My mom is in hospital icu with pneumonia and developed ARDS she as at 90% oxygen and been in induced acoma for 8 days what are her chances of sur?

My mom is in hospital icu with pneumonia and developed ARDS she as at 90% oxygen and been in induced acoma for 8 days what are her chances of sur?

Case by case: Large studies suggest that overall mortality from ARDS has decreased over the years to just under 30%. But these are just statistics and every patient is different. In general the healthier they were before ards, and the least number of organs other than lungs involved (kidney, heart, blood pressure...) the better the outcome. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Hi I have been having difficulties breathing for the past two days. My oxygen intake and heart rate couldn't be better. My sister also has pneumonia?

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I have been having difficulties breathing for the past two days. My oxygen intake and heart rate couldn't be better. My sister also has pneumonia?

Shortness of breath: Unsure about the cause of your shortness of breath is as your pulse ox and heart rate are stable. It is possible that you may be coming down with an infection and you should see your physician for further evaluation or connect with us via concierge to further evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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My sister is in UK and in hospital with pneumonia. She is having trouble sleeping and breathing is labored. Why are they not giving her oxygen?

My sister is in UK and in hospital with pneumonia.  She is having trouble sleeping and breathing is labored.  Why are they not giving her oxygen?

Sure they're not?: There are a variety of oxygen delivery methods and the one being used might be one you don't know. In any case — in a calm and respectful manner, you might be able to get answers from her providers. First ask if they are permitted to talk to you. Try to get your sister to allow it if not. Generally, your thought that it is a standard part of treatment is correct. Thanks, you're a caring sister. ...Read more

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My dad 81yr has fluid in lungs. Keeps forming & breathless on oxygen & weak. Tests show no cancer. On symptoms being given meds for Tb & pneumonia. Help?

My dad 81yr has fluid in lungs. Keeps forming & breathless on oxygen & weak. Tests show no cancer. On symptoms being given meds for Tb & pneumonia. Help?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath can happen from lung and heart disease, fluid in the lung indicates heart failure and heart disease. He may have associated pneumonia as well. He may have some clinical indication to be on anti tuberculosis treatment. You can call our consult line with all the lab and x- ray results to get a better understanding of your fathers condition. ...Read more

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My mom is being hospitalized for pneumonia and a possible blood clot or COPD I'm very worried could it be deadly her oxygen and blood pressure is low?

My mom is being hospitalized for pneumonia and a possible blood clot or COPD I'm very worried could it be deadly her oxygen and blood pressure is low?

Unanswerable: There are just too many unknowns here. I am very sorry to hear of your mother's troubles, but it sounds like she is in the right place and getting the right attention. In these scary scenarios this kind of answer must come from the medical team working with her in person. ...Read more

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How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant woman? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else

How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant woman? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else

Flu affects mom: Pregnant women have a suppressed immune system which inhibits their ability to fight off infections like the flu. The fetus is at risk because the mom is at risk when infected. The best thing to do is to get an annual flu vaccine. ...Read more

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I recently had a ct scan with contrast. It said I had some linear scarring in lower left lung. Everything else looked ok. I had a small granuloma on a previous scan same area. I had pneumonia in that area a year ago. I have great oxygen. That was all that

I recently had a ct scan with contrast. It said I had some linear scarring in lower left lung. Everything else looked ok. I had a small granuloma on a previous scan same area. I had pneumonia in that area a year ago. I have great oxygen. That was all that

That was like you..: That was like you said, scarring due to pneumonia in the past. If you don't have any symptoms of fever, cough, sputum, shortness of breath, sweating or weakness, then you most likely don't have pneumonia. And a granuloma would not be anything to lose sleep over. Size and all. I would continue to monitor the situation from a distance. ...Read more

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I don't have a persistent cough but when I do cough I taste snot could it be pneumonia short of air o2 low 90s?

I don't have a persistent cough but when I do cough I taste snot could it be pneumonia short of air o2 low 90s?

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip can cause cough and the mucous you taste. But if you have a fever or chest pain, taste blood you should go see a physician and get checked. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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