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How long will it take to recover from pneumonia?

How long will it take to recover from pneumonia?

A few weeks: It depends upon how severe the pneumonia was. A minor pneumonia may be better after a week or so. Toa severe pneumonia may take several weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from pneumonia?

Variable: There are various pneumonias with bacterial or viral etiologies. A healthy young person may take a week of recovery from pneumoni.For middle-aged people, it may be weeks before they regain their usual strength and feeling of well-being.Older or weak people longer. Mycoplasma is most common cause of community acquired pneumonia and a person may be weak for an extended period of time. ...Read more

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How long will it take my 11months old baby to recover from pneumonia?

How long will it take my 11months old baby to recover from pneumonia?

Depends on the cause: Depends on the cause but most pneumonias in this age group are treated with antibiotics and babies recover in 10 to 14 days with treatment. ...Read more

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Does pain from pleurisy return after you already recovered from pneumonia?

Does pain from pleurisy return after you already recovered from pneumonia?

No: It usually does but sometimes it can take several weeks to completely. It will depend on the severity of the pneumonia. ...Read more

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Hi, I am slowly recovering from pneumonia, but am an avid triathlete. What are the guiding principles as to when i may resume exercise? Thanks!

Hi, I am slowly recovering from pneumonia, but am an avid triathlete. What are the guiding principles as to when i may resume exercise?  Thanks!

Two to four weeks: If you are fully recovered, then a couple of weeks at least to make sure is advisable. Start slowly and if all is well, you can resume normal training after four weeks. ...Read more

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For what length of time can I expect a cough to last after recovering from pneumonia?

For what length of time can I expect a cough to last after recovering from pneumonia?

Could be a while: Unfortunately a cough that results from significant lung infection like pneumonia can last from a couple of weeks to even several months. The other symptoms like fever and mucus production should resolve much more quickly with treatment however. ...Read more

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Pain on right side of back in the mid area, specifically when coughing , after recovering from pneumonia a month prior to pain getting worse?

Pleurisy: Probable residual of the pneumonia. After having pneumonia and waiting for a few weeks should always have a follow- up chest x-ray to make sure there is full resolution of the shadows on the x- ray and to make sure there are no obstructing tumor masses. Also to look for an effusion of fluid into the chest cavity, which could cause your symptoms. ...Read more

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Pain in lower chest still there, after recovering from pneumonia?

Pain in lower chest still there, after recovering from pneumonia?

Needs evaluation: This kind of problem needs a medical evaluation, it can be something as simple as a sore chest muscle from repetitive coughing, to a persistent infection in the space between the lung and chest wall ( the pleural space) called and empyema, which is potentially serious. Other causes exist as well. ...Read more

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Week 2 recovering from pneumonia, and I am having a strange pin prick sensation on my skin. Randomly and feels like individual pricks. Related?

Week 2 recovering from pneumonia, and I am having a strange pin prick sensation on my skin. Randomly and feels like individual pricks. Related?

PNA complication: It is impossible to determine the cause of your symptoms based on your question. A Virtual Consult is suggested. Some antibiotics (e.g. fluoroquinolones) that are commonly used in treatment of pneumonia can cause peripheral neuropathy withing few days after the medication is started or stopped. I such is the case the antibiotic should be stopped and the prescribing doctor notified right away. ...Read more

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