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Rare Types Of Pneumonia
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
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
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
Quit smkg. Now use vapor. I know its a harm reduction type alternative. I'm just wnderng. If water vapor might cause pneumonia?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
My mother has pneumonia and I don't know what meals to give her. Can you give me examples of what type of foods she should have. I know she has to have nutritional foods etc but can you give me examples of what. Also she has a heavy cough so she is afraid
Lots of protein: Such as eggs, chicken. Liberal fluids such as broths. Add Mulitivitamins. May add eggnogs or Ensure twice a day. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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