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Pulmonologists Comfortable Parents Managing Pneumonia
Pulmonologists: how comfortable are u with parents managing pneumonia at home preks? What=must go in
Depends on status: Kids with pneumonia have variable illness and many can be managed at home as a prek or younger. If they can tolerate oral medications & keep up with fluid needs they are unlikely to need oxygen , IV fluids or hospital based monitoring. Any child with low blood oxygen, dehydration, intolerance to fluids or poor access to care would likely go in.Its a call based on hx& exam, trust your doc to decide. ...Read more
I'm 41 & have ra. Untreated since nov when i had pneumonia & pleurisy. Pulmonologist now suspects viral myocarditis. How scared should I be?
Concerned not scared: You should be evaluated by a cardiologist and have further cardiac studies ekg etc. ...Read more
Been getting pneumonia a few times in past 6 month or so and naturally worried. Which is better: infectious disease specialist or pulmonologist?
Either or both!: Either one would be helpful, both may be wise. And second opinions are great anyway. Get too different takes on your problem, ask plenty of questions, and take notes for later pondering. Your primary care doc can recommend trustworthy docs and may have an opinion on which you should see first. That is part of the job of your PCP, to send you to the next best level of care for complex problems ...Read more
Pneumonia: Only if you contact infection or your immunity is low & catch an infection. ...Read more
No specialist needed: If you have a breathing problem, seeing a doctor or lung specialist (pulmonologist) is a good idea. To quit smoking, you want to get the best treatments, but don't necessarily need a specialist. Success increases with coaching and skill-building - get it free in the U.S. Calling 800-quit now. Medications including nicotine patch/gum/lozenge help with cravings. See a doc for other rx to help. ...Read more
2-4 months, and No: Usually the clots in your lungs dissolve over a period of months. Once this has occurred, you should feel pretty normal. Recovery from DVT and the leg swelling that goes along with it is variable. Sometimes people end up with long term swelling, lasting years. Some folks have little or no swelling after...Your pmd can take care of this problem usually. Heme doc good when cause of clots unclear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer