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Dad in hospital 7 days. Fluid is building up in his body. He has pneumonia. Oxygen levels 89 at rest, 75 when standing/walking. Is this a bad sign?

Dad in hospital 7 days. Fluid is building up in his body. He has pneumonia. Oxygen levels 89 at rest, 75 when standing/walking. Is this a bad sign?

Father in hospital : The fact he is in hospital with respiratory symptoms says he is ill but his doctors would know more information to help with your questions ...Read more

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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My father has been in the hospital for 7 days now. He has stage 4 lung cancer, COPD, and pneumonia. Oxygen saturation at 89 at rest, 75 standing. Bad?

My father has been in the hospital for 7 days now. He has stage 4 lung cancer, COPD, and pneumonia. Oxygen saturation at 89 at rest, 75 standing. Bad?

Neither bad nor good: Getting lung cancer means getting a finite view of the remainder of one's life... it changes things. With end stage lung cancer, there is neither good nor bad. Things will play out as they always do, and the goal is a relaxed comfortable exit when the time comes (an exact time is not predictable). Larger hospitals have Palliative Care specialists who can help, as they help such patients every day. ...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

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Pt had pneumonia, in hosp for 3 days, coughs, no o2. Noticed is sleeping 15 hrs. if straight through. What does this mean? Has hospice service.

Pt had pneumonia, in hosp for 3 days, coughs, no o2. Noticed is sleeping 15 hrs. if straight through.  What does this mean? Has hospice service.

Other diagnoses?: After pneumonia, the hospital usually checks oxygen levels, and these should be normal at discharge if nothing else is wrong. Sleeping long periods is common during recovering from significant illness, not by itself a cause for concern. ...Read more

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Dad treated for pneumonia 4 days in hospital. Doc has released him home with vitals of 98.8 F, 118/66 BP, 20 RR, 95% O2 on room air. is this stable?

Dad treated for pneumonia 4 days in hospital. Doc has released him home with vitals of 98.8 F, 118/66 BP, 20 RR, 95% O2 on room air. is this stable?

Mgt: I would suggest monitoring your temperature, keeping well hydrated and a flu vaccination. A post discharge follow up appointment within three weeks is also advisable. ...Read more

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14mo old was hospitalized for pneumonia in both lungs. Fever broke &o2 staying steady @91 so discharged. How long til he starts acting/feeling well?

14mo old was hospitalized for pneumonia in both lungs. Fever broke &o2 staying steady @91 so discharged. How long til he starts acting/feeling well?

Estimate difficult: It really depends on a number of factors. Observe the baby closely for increased respiratory effort, change in coloration, sweating and other signs of distress. As the lung heals you should definitely see improvement over the next two weeks, but it is difficult to estimate. ...Read more

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99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feels like need to. Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

Options : You have a complicated list of symptoms. These symptoms could be present from either a bacterial or a viral infection. If your chest x-ray was read normal it is unlikely that you have pneumonia. Sometimes sinus disease or a viral bronchitis can persist for a long time. It is probably most prudent to follow up with the doctor that has prescribed antibiotics and review your symptoms with them. ...Read more

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99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feel like needs to. Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feel like needs to. Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

Maybe, maybe not: Some of these symptoms are seen with pneumonia, such as cough, chest congestion, etc, but they may be seen with other problems such as bronchitis or asthma exacerbation. A normal chest xray is a factor against pneumonia but is not always 100% accurate. The best approach would be to discuss the situation with one's doctor and determine if there is an infection or non-infectious lung issue. ...Read more

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Can asthma result from pneumonia? What is it? Pt walks but at times appears to pant like a dog, may be short of breath. Was on o2 therapy now disc.

Can asthma result from pneumonia?  What is it? 
Pt walks but at times appears to pant like a dog, may be short of breath. Was on o2 therapy now disc.

Wording confusing: Like fever, an asthma flare up can be triggered by many types of events, including infection. Childhood asthma is often triggered by lower respiratory viruses. The condition is not the result of a case of pneumonia but may emerge and become more active after such an event. The symptoms you report are common to conditions of the heart and lung. ...Read more

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Immuno compromised (cellcept) o2 of 92. Crackling when breathing & deep cough no fever. Should i still worry about pneumonia? Have sarcoidosis in lungs

Immuno compromised (cellcept) o2 of 92. Crackling when breathing & deep cough no fever. Should i still worry about pneumonia? Have sarcoidosis in lungs

For sure: Get checked CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) not only decreases your ability to raise an infection response and that means a fever too! ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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