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Recovering 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
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
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
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
It's okay. : Sure. Don't sweat it if your feeling better otherwise. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer