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Preventive Measures For Pneumonia
Are there preventive measures i can take for a sore throat? Is there something i can do to prevent getting a sore throat so often?
Old or New Way: The usual way is to take liquid medicine or cough drops designed for the throat. The old way is to gargle with peroxide, the new way is to gargle with Chlorhexidine gluconate (brand name = Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) and needs an rx from your physician or dentist). ...Read more
Simple things: Most importantly, if he smokes, help him quit. Aside from that, simple things like handwashing and trying to avoid sick family members if able are really about all you can do. If he's over 65 or has some chronic diseases like COPD or diabetes, he can get a pneumonia vaccination that won't prevent pneumonia but can make it less severe if he does get it. Should also get flu shot every year. ...Read more
What are the causes of pneumonia to the babies, how to prevent this, and what are the medications to treat pneumonia for babies?
Usually Viral: If you have a normal child birth - full term with no complications and all vaccines - then cough and runny nose symptoms are most likely associated with a virus and you can use tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and nose suction. If the baby is less than 1 month old and has a fever, you need to go to an emergency department. ...Read more
Husband has difficulties clear his own secretions. Has had 4 minor apiration pneumonias and 1 major one. Any suggestions to prevent the next one?Thx!
Hand washing: Sometimes the first event in bacterial pneumonia is catching a virus which breaks down natural defenses and allows for bacteria to proliferate. Certainly flu vaccine can help and avoiding activities that can lower immunity such as smoking, excessive alcohol, extreme stress including extreme exercise. Good sleeping habits can also help. ...Read more
What is pneumonia? What are those medicine can heal pneumonia? How can I prevent or how to prevent pneumonia?
Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of lung, usually caused by bacteria or virus but also by fungus, too. Chemicals can cause similar pneumonitis or inflammatory response. Cancers & foreign objects can also block lungs too. Best way to prevent pneumonia is to avoid being coughed/sneezed upon, wash hands frequently, don't smoke, maintain your immune system via diet & exercise. Most important, stop smoking! ...Read more
1yr/5mos had 2 pneumonia history. Now another bilateral pneumonia occurs. what to do to prevent this in the future?
Pediatric pneumonia: You really need to take the children to an experienced pediatrician to have them fully evaluated for risk factors. If you are in Manila, Makati Medical Center, or if you don't have the resources, PGH. Cannot answer your question without being able to see your babies and examine and test them. Good luck and hope this clears up soon. ...Read more
Moved to Seattle 01/2014. Here only a year and got pneumonia 02/2015. 35 yr old healthy female. Never had it in my life. Can I prevent it this winter ?
Causes of pneumonia: There are many germs that cause pneumonia-and I would like to know 'which' germ affected you. Hopefully your doctor figured that out, although often no tests are done. This would have a bearing on how best to prevent any future episodes. If you're healthy, that's great- the key is to stay that way and avoid pitfalls that set u up for disease (like smoking, too much stress, too little sleep etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat HIV: Appropriate management of the HIV disease to restore immune function is the key, and then treatment of the causative agent of the pneumonia is next. This is often pnemocysitis, but can potentially be due to a host of different organisms, and specific diagnosis will determine best choices of medications. ...Read more
Pneumonia.: First, be sure to follow your doctor's recommendations to treat the pneumonia you have now. Do not stop the antibiotics early. After you are completely cured, you could talk with your doctor about whether or not The vaccine against Strep pneumoniae (Pneumovax) is a good idea in your situation. Also not smoking is a great idea. Good luck. ...Read more
I have had "walking pneumonia" 7 times or so. Why do I keep getting it and what can I do to prevent it?
Not normal: You definitely need to talk to a primary care physician. It is not normal to have pneumonia 7 times at your age. There are many things that could be involed including infection, autoimmune disease, immune deficiency, structural lung problem, exposure to toxic/allergic substance, medication, fungus, etc. This is not a straigtforward case. Should be evaluated with labs and imaging promptly. ...Read more
Pneumonia: This is a general term used to reflect inflammation in the lungs due to infection, which may be caused by any of dozens of different organisms. To my knowledge there are no vaccines specifically directed against pneumonia in general, but vaccines against the pneumococcus, meningococcus and hemophilus may help to prevent infection due to some strains of these organisms. ...Read more
Can peg feeding prevent/reduce the re-occurence of aspiration pneumonia in a 49-yr old person with dysphagia due to advanced multiple sclorosis?
Multiple sclerosis : Very good question. The purpose of the peg should be to maintain nutritional support in the presence of inability to swallow. Some articles question it's benefit in reducing the risk of aspiration pneumonia regardless of the cause of dysphagia. In fact, the risk of aspiration pneumonia my be higher in some. Elevating the bed 30 degrees and the use continuous pump-assisted feeding reduces risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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