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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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Pneumonia (Definition)

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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

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My 7 yr old is still coughing after a cold 2 weeks ago. So am I. I have asthma and I'm a smoker. Can she be seen by my pulmonologist?

My 7 yr old is still coughing after a cold 2 weeks ago. So am I. I have asthma and I'm a smoker. Can she be seen by my pulmonologist?

Start w pediatrician: After eval by pediatrician, referral to a pediatric pulmonologist may be warranted. There can be several reasons for cough to last more than 2 weeks. Some adult pulmonologists may see kids, but a pediatric specialist may be more equipped to evaluate. It also should be stressed that being a smoker or having tobacco smoke exposure can only make things worse. ...Read more

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I can hear faint whistling with exhalation is long but two doctors can't hear it with the stethoscope while I have it. One is a pulmonologist. causes?

I can hear faint whistling with exhalation is long but two doctors can't hear it with the stethoscope while I have it. One is a pulmonologist. causes?

Lung function test?: You need a lung function test to assess your problem since this may be from asthma even though the doctors couldn't hear anything. If lung function turns out to be normal, then a chest x-ray may be needed. ...Read more

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When should you see a pulmonologist?

When should you see a pulmonologist?

Depends: When you continue to have breathing problems after evaluation by your primary care physician. Also, when there are abnormalities on x-rays and ct scans. There are many other reasons, but these are the common ones. ...Read more

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What's the medication for bronchitis spasm. Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

What's the medication for bronchitis spasm.  Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

Inhaler: A beta 2 agonist via inhalation is usually the treatment. A general physician can provide this care. Cannot refer in Mombasa sorry. ...Read more

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Are all asthmatics supposed to a see pulmonologist?

Are all asthmatics supposed to a see pulmonologist?

No: Primary care physicians (pediatricians, internal medicine, family medicine) often see most asthma patients - they may refer to a specialist, if needed, and if the treatments tried do not help. ...Read more

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Can a pulmonologist help with emphysema?

Can a pulmonologist help with emphysema?

Sure: They are experts at the evaluation and treatment of emphysema. Some also do clinical trials on newer medications which aren't yet available to the public. ...Read more

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Is a methocholine challenge test usually done in a hospital or pulmonologists office?

Is a methocholine challenge test usually done in a hospital or pulmonologists office?

Usually: Done in the Pulmonologist or doctors office which could also be . It is kind of test to induce bronchospasm in response to methacholine expected in Asthma patients when the diagnosis of Asthma is suspected. during the test an aerosol of methacholine is given. Pre and post spirometer test are down. At the end of the test you may be given a bronchodilator to assess reversibility of the bronchspasm ...Read more

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I was diagnosed on a VQ scan with bilateral air trapping and was referred to a pulmonologist. I am only 22, and I have bad pain in my chest. Causes?

I was diagnosed on a VQ scan with bilateral air trapping and was referred to a pulmonologist. I am only 22, and I have bad pain in my chest. Causes?

Mgt: I would suggest lung function testing with a DLCO and chest imaging to include a chest CT as indicated. If you smoke, please quit smoking. Your local chapter of the ALA has more information. I would advise asking about CF, COPD, A1AT deficiency, asthma. ...Read more

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Should i go to my gp or pulmonologist for emphysema management?

Should i go to my gp or pulmonologist for emphysema management?

GP for routine care: It makes sense to see your gp for most things, but at least once a year see the pulmonologist for assessment and modification of your medical regimen. If you're having frequent flare ups you should see the specialist. ...Read more

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