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Doctor insights on: Pulmonologists Comfortable Parents Managing Pneumonia

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Pulmonologists: how comfortable are u with parents managing pneumonia at home preks? What=must go in

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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Been getting pneumonia a few times in past 6 month or so and naturally worried. Which is better: infectious disease specialist or pulmonologist?

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

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How could a pulmonologist help a smoker to stop smoking?

How could a pulmonologist help a smoker to stop smoking?

Options.: A Pulmonologist, or any doctor for that matter, can help by recommending techniques and strategies, sending you to neighborhood smoking cessation programs, prescribing medications and following along with you until,you achieve success. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could a pulmonologist help a smoker to stop smoking?

Can you tell me how could a pulmonologist help a smoker to stop smoking?

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

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I have these episodes when I cough and vomit afterwards. Should I see a pulmonologist?

I have these episodes when I cough and vomit afterwards. Should I see a pulmonologist?

Yes: Coughing followed by vomiting could be an infection (we see that with whooping cough). It could also be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease. I would recommend evaluation by a primary care physician and let them decide which specialist you should see. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time after 2 lg pes and a dvt..And should I see a pulmonologist?

What is the normal recovery time after 2 lg pes and a dvt..And should I see a pulmonologist?

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 more

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How accurate is treadmill oxygen desaturation test (pulmonologist)? Oxygen went from. 98 to 93.

How accurate is treadmill oxygen desaturation test (pulmonologist)?  Oxygen went from. 98 to 93.

Pretty accurate: Typically the oxygen sensor on finger is pretty accurate assuming hands are warm and not cutting off circulation to probe. Also there is a +/- factor of 2% in there. Generally anything over 90% is fine anyway. ...Read more