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Which type of disease is pneumonia?

Which type of disease is pneumonia?

See below: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissues. Pneumonia characterized by acute onset of cough, fever and sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Definition)

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Are there multiple types of pneumonia?

Are there multiple types of pneumonia?

Hundreds: There are many dozens upon dozens of types of pneumonia, specifically related to what has caused it, what is affected, degree of infection, etc. Virus, bacteria, mycobacteria, chemicals, inherited diseases, etc can all result in pneumonia of one type or another. ...Read more

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What type of pneumonia doesn't have a cure?

What type of pneumonia doesn't have a cure?

Well...: Most Viral pneumonias for the most part don't have a cure, pneumonias due to drug resistant bacteria don't really have a cure. And pneumonias as a result of chemical injury don't really have a cure either. They are treated with supportive care and depend on the body's healing ability. Anyone else want to jump in here? ...Read more

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What is a type of pneumonia that is similar to bilobar pneumonia?

What is a type of pneumonia that is similar to bilobar pneumonia?

Description: Bilobar simply means that two anatomically defined areas of the lung are involved. This does not necessarily have anything to do with the causative agent or the mechanism by which the pneumonia occurred, although it might. ...Read more

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How long does it take for bronchitis to turn into pneumonia (i know it's rare, just curious)?

How long does it take for bronchitis to turn into pneumonia (i know it's rare, just curious)?

Depends: On many factors, such as age and underlying condition of the patient, the type of bacteria or virus, the persons ability to fight off infections (immune response), whether or not any treatment was attempted, etc. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is atypical pneumonia a type of disease?

Hello docs, is atypical pneumonia a type of disease?

Yes: The term atypical pneumonia is used when it does not show up on x-rays. It is usually caused by viruses and some bacteria like organisms. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have pneumonia and influenza type a at the same time?

Is it unusual to have pneumonia and influenza type a at the same time?

No it: Is not common. There are occasions that people have the flu, then their immunity declines and then end up with a bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the name of the type of pneumonia caused by immobility in hospital?

Hypostatic: Hypostatic pneumonia usually occurs when the patient is not mobile enough to expand the lung by deep breathing so that the atelectatic or collapsed lung segments can develop into pneumonia. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a type of pneumonia that sounds close to bilobar pneumonia?

Anyone know what is a type of pneumonia that sounds close to bilobar pneumonia?

Two lobes: Bilobar pneumonia is a descriptive term that is based on the chest xray appearance of the pneumonia involving two different lobes of the lung. It could be both lobes of the same lung or on different lungs. It does not tell you anything about the underlying causative organism causing the infection, but tells you about the extent of spread of infection in your lungs. ...Read more

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Quit smkg. Now use vapor. I know its a harm reduction type alternative. I'm just wnderng. If water vapor might cause pneumonia?

Quit smkg. Now use vapor. I know its a harm reduction type alternative. I'm just wnderng. If water vapor might cause pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia, not pneumonitis, is a diagnosis by cxr shown an infiltrate (whiteness) and is associated with cough, fever, etc., and is an infectious process. So water vapor unless there is bacteria along does not cause pneumonia. ...Read more

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I had a PE last year due to having two abdominal surgeries. I'm getting sick with pneumonia/cold type symptoms. Could it cause a PE?

I had a PE last year due to having two abdominal surgeries. I'm getting sick with pneumonia/cold type symptoms. Could it cause a PE?

UR higher risks of P: The respiratory illness is not likely to directly cause a PE, but you are higher risk. The immobility and changes in blood clotting after surgery are high risk factors, but you have shown you can get a PE. If you become very immobile due to this illness, you are at risk of forming clots in your legs which can become PEs. Staying well hydrated and mildly active and not bedridden reduces risk. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used. Help?

Can black mold cause pneumonia and can it be confused with other type and not be cured because the proper medicine is not being used. Help?

Not likely: Exposure to a high level of mold may cause a pneumonitis or inflammatory condition of the lungs but this is very uncommon. Mold on your house may trigger allergies but it's unlikely to pneumonia in the truest sense. As far as differing from other mods, you have to ask a mycologist! ...Read more

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I have the flu and I am wondering what the chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis because of the flu rare?

I have the flu and I am wondering what the chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis because of the flu rare?

It's possible: Influenza itself can cause an inflammation of the lungs that shows up on xrays, which may be called "pneumonia". It can also injure the cells lining the airways, allowing for a stapylococcal (classically) or other bacteria to infect the lungs. These can be fairly severe processes and may require hospitalization or even ICU care. However this is fairly uncommon. ...Read more

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There are 2 pneumonia type vaccines that an adult may want have as a preventive measure. Can you remind me what they are?

There are 2 pneumonia type vaccines that an adult may want have as a preventive measure. Can you remind me what they are?

Shots: Yearly flu shots and a shingles shot when appropriate. There is at least 1 pneumococcal vaccine you should receive. Some of the contents have changed. Check on the CDC website for the latest recommendations. All the best. ...Read more

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Can breathing in cat hairs cause aspiration pneumonia (or any other type of pneumonia)?

Can breathing in cat hairs cause aspiration pneumonia (or any other type of pneumonia)?

Aspiration=gi tract: Aspiration pneumonia typically occurs when something you are swallowing goes into the trachea rather than down the esophagus or is coughed up and lands in the pulmonary tree and not in the stomach l. Breathing cat hairs is likely to cause an allergic reaction first, but I suppose you can get a type of pneumonia if very allergic. ...Read more

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56/m (ex-smoker) - Is it common or rare for bacterial pneumonia (along with parapneumonic effusion) to cause pleural thickening?

56/m (ex-smoker) - Is it common or rare for bacterial pneumonia (along with parapneumonic effusion) to cause pleural thickening?

It depends whether: It is diffuse (i.e. involving the whole lung) or focal pleural thickening. It would be exceedingly rare for bacterial pneumonia to cause diffuse pleural thickening, but relatively common to cause focal pleural thickening and/or effusion as a reaction to the adjacent infection. ...Read more

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Help with hear loss about a month ago in was admitted to the hospital through the ER with n1h1, pneumonia, and the start of organ shut down because I am a type I diabetic. I pulled through with little complication. However I do have profound hearing los

You: You should get a copy of the hearing test and look at the tympanogram and the reading. If the tympanogram is type b and you have a conductive loss, ear tubes may help if you have had no improvement with the antibiotics. If you have a sensorineural hearing loss, tubes will not help. If mixed, it may. You can also look at the speech discrimination score, if it is over 80%, you may also be a good candidate for hearing aids and may want to try an otc one to see if it helps. The speech discrimination score is the percentage of words you got right during the test when the words were spoken at a level you could hear at. The higher the number, the more likely the hearing aid will help.

Good luck. ...Read more

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My grandmother has pneumonia with bloodcots. What is that & how that can effect her with congestive heart failure & diabeties type 2?

My grandmother has pneumonia with bloodcots. What is that & how that can effect her with congestive heart failure & diabeties type 2?

See below: Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. It can be serious, especially in elderly and those with chronic medical problems, so it should be seen and treated at once. CHF and diabetes can impair blood flow. Impaired or sluggish blood flow can cause clots, and infection can potentially increase the body's tendency to clot, so all of this can be related. ...Read more

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I understand that an antibody screen can be used to detect a certain type of pneumonia, among other conditions. Can it also be used to identify various infections in the way that blood cultures can?

I understand that an antibody screen can be used to detect a certain type of pneumonia, among other conditions. Can it also be used to identify various infections in the way that blood cultures can?

Yes but: Usually an elevated IgM response to a particular organism indicates an acute infection. However doing IgM ab to a whole panel of bacteria is expensive and many of the tests are not available. The culture method is the default test but can be false-negative in many cases. In the future, I believe PCR analysis of bacterial DNA or a bacterial DNA microarray assays will likely be the way to go. ...Read more

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My dad is 66. COPD, type 2 diabetic, walks 50 feet out of breath daily. Now he has a severe cold. How can I help him. Keep from getting pneumonia?

My dad is 66. COPD, type 2 diabetic, walks 50 feet out of breath daily. Now he has a severe cold. How can I help him. Keep from getting pneumonia?

By taking him to his: For clinical evaluation including X ray chest, to check the status of his two systemic diseases and appropriate medications. ...Read more

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I was in the hospital for 8 days with strep, which turned to toxic shock and influenza, sepsis, 2 types of pneumonia. 1month, still coughing. How long??

I was in the hospital for 8 days with strep, which turned to toxic shock and influenza, sepsis, 2 types of pneumonia. 1month, still coughing. How long??

Weeks: Provided you are not having fevers chills night sweats you are in the healing phase. The illness you had was severe not routine pneumonia by any standard. After pneumonia its not uncommon to have shortness of breathe and a cough for several weeks after. Some extend beyond a month ...Read more

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My daughter x ray results shows she has broncho pneumonia but she has no fever, no runny nose ans she seldom coughs she doung good now and is active,?

My daughter x ray results shows she has broncho pneumonia but she has no fever, no runny nose ans she seldom coughs she doung good now and is active,?

Confusing story: X-rays are generally done because someone has a problem like fever, wheezing, etc. Why was this one done? X-rays may be falsely negative early in a pneumonia but can remain abnormal for weeks after it is healed. I don't order repeat films in most such cases. If this kid was treated and better, this is likely just expected findings. I'd need a better history & a look at the film to comment more. ...Read more

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How rare is antigen 69. My father, brother, and I have this and was found during tissue typing for my kidney transplant.?

How rare is antigen 69. My father, brother, and I have this and was found during tissue typing for my kidney transplant.?

Not common: If you mean hla a69; it is not too common, detected in <5% of the population in the us. More important is if you have a negative crossmatch with potential donors. This is done by incubating your serum with white blood cells-lymphocytes from potential donors. ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with a very rare lung disease called desquamated interstitial pneumonitis. What is this & how could I have got this & lifespan?

I just got diagnosed with a very rare lung disease called desquamated interstitial pneumonitis. What is this & how could I have got this & lifespan?

Lung inflammation: Desquamative insterstitial pneumonia is a kind of inflammation of the lung tissue in which many kinds of infection fighting white blood cells invade and injure the lungs especially a kind of WBC called a macrophage. The cause is not known, but most patients are smokers and stopping smoking improves 3/4 of patients. Others benefit from steroid medicine in addition to decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are types of pnemonia with an incubation period of a month or two?

Yes: Symptoms of active TB in the lungs begin gradually and develop over a period of weeks or months. You may have one or two mild symptoms and not even know that you have the disease. Other fungal infections like coccidiodomycosis if live in southwest can be similar. Fungal infections are slower than bacterial unless immune compromised. ...Read more

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I am taking levaquin (levofloxacin) 500 mg and oral steriod for pnemonia type symptoms. On day 4 for levaquin (levofloxacin), day 3 for steroid. When might I feel better?

Mgt suggestions: It really depends on the underlying cause and the infection. I would suggest monitoring your temperature, staying well hydrated and each day you should see some improvement. If you are still coughing after two weeks, a follow up is indicated. ...Read more

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Are there different types of lung abscess? Bacterial/fungal after pnuemonia & flu a? How is the recovery after lung damage in 21yr old ventil' patient

All those and more: There are various types of lung abscesses, most due to a bacteria. In a vent dependent patient the recovery depends on multiple factors such as reason on a vent, length of time vent dependent, type of bacteria, size of abscess, etc. Chance of having a resistant bacterial infection in a vent dependent patient is much higher. Iv antibiotics, perc drainage, and in severe cases, surgery. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia

What is pneumonia

Lung infection: An infection of lung tissue air sacs (alveoli) is a pneumonia. An infection confined to just the larger air tubes would be called bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue, usually caused by bacteria, but could be viral or parasitic. ...Read more