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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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Rest heartrate65-95, walking around110-120.Just recovered from pneumonia, have anxiety, now scared of exercising I'm worried, dangerous for my health?

Rest heartrate65-95, walking around110-120.Just recovered from pneumonia, have anxiety, now scared of exercising I'm worried, dangerous for my health?

No: Brisk walking is good for your health, well- being and may diminish your anxiety if you make it a habit. Check w/ your primary physician to make sure you are over your pneumonia and that you have no other contraindications to daily exercise. Good luck! ...Read more

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Docs, could a healthy adult recover from pneumonia without treatment?

Not advised: Although it is not impossible to beat a bacterial pneumonia without treatment, this disease killed many before the advent of antibiotics. Antibiotics are the standard of care for this disease. ...Read more

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Recovered from pneumonia and plural effusion 1 and half months ago but still having chest pain in that area why? Is it normal. Sometimes I hear crackles

Recovered from pneumonia and plural effusion 1 and half months ago but still having chest pain in that area why? Is it normal. Sometimes I hear crackles

Pneumonia: After pneumonia with pleural effusion you might have pleural adhesions and perhaps some residual lung tissue damage. It is best to discuss this question with the physicians who know you and your condition to get the most informed answer to your question. ...Read more

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My mother is recovering from pneumonia. She was prescribed Levaquin, (levofloxacin) currently taking ANORO ELLIPTA. Her BASO reading is 1.1. Should be concerned?

My mother is recovering from pneumonia. She was prescribed Levaquin, (levofloxacin) currently taking ANORO ELLIPTA. Her BASO reading is 1.1. Should be concerned?

Symptoms: Symptoms, such as fever, persisting cough or shortness of breath would be of concern. Basophils cannot be interpreted without the absolute WBC count. If 1.1 is percentage and WBC count is normal they are normal. ...Read more

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Hard lump by jaw near ear after recover from pneumonia. Had for 1 month and 3 days. Will it go away on its on. Should I be worry.

Hard lump by jaw near ear after recover from pneumonia. Had for 1 month and 3 days. Will it go away on its on. Should I be worry.

Lymph Node: Sounds like it is lymph gland enlargement. Lymph glands typically enlarge as a reaction to infections. However there are other causes as well. If it is not gone within 7 to 10 days, you should go and get yourself checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Pneumonia 9 weeks ago. All labs normal. Leg muscles feel weak at times. Recovering from pneumonia or something else I should worry? Healthy 34 yr F.

Pneumonia 9 weeks ago. All labs normal. Leg muscles feel weak at times. Recovering from pneumonia or something else I should worry? Healthy 34 yr F.

Recovering: You have become deconditioned and you are recovering. You need to initiate an exercise program. Check with your physician to make sure there are no other health issues ...Read more

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How can you recover quickly from pneumonia?

See details: You recover the fastest with appropriate treatment. The treatment depends on the cause of the pneumonia. ...Read more

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How much time to recover from severe pneumonia?

How much time to recover from severe pneumonia?

It depends: It depends on the type of pneumonia, your age, and your general health. Probably anywhere between 2-8 weeks or so. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take to recover fully from pneumonia?

Can someone tell me how long will it take to recover fully from pneumonia?

2-6 weeks: Full recovery from pneumonia may take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the age, immune status & overall health of the person. Changes on xray can take longer to improve (up to 6 weeks) even though symptoms have improved before that. ...Read more

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How long will it take me to recover from bacterial pneumonia if I also got pleurisy?

Depends: The actual cause of the pneumonia (particular organism involved), extent of disease, the prior health and immunity of the patient, age and other factors will dictate how long it may take to resolve. ...Read more

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I'm recovering from severe pneumonia. I spent 3 weeks in hospital, about 6 days in icu. Now I'm experiencing cold/sinusitis symptoms. Should I worry?

I'm recovering from severe pneumonia. I spent 3 weeks in hospital, about 6 days in icu. Now I'm experiencing cold/sinusitis symptoms. Should I worry?

Probably ok: These may or may not be related, but your doctors should be made aware of the condition, particularly if its getting worse. This type of thing needs a mpre complete evaluation. There is no known association however, between your symptoms and a return to pneumonia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from aspiration pneumonia (vomit into right lower lobe and left) as a result of intubation in a healthy 36 yr male?

How long does it take to recover from aspiration pneumonia (vomit into right lower lobe and left) as a result of intubation in a healthy 36 yr male?

Depends: From 3-5 days to a month, all depends on ph of gastric content, particulate matter, recovering abilities and other comorbidities and certainly quality of treating physicians. ...Read more

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How much time is taken by a 83 year old person to recover from aspiration pneumonia, having 2 stroke in history, temporary high blood sugar and high bp.

How much time is taken by a 83 year old person to recover from aspiration pneumonia, having 2 stroke in history, temporary high blood sugar and high bp.

Take good care: This is a tough question to answer without actually seeing you. What I suggest is be sure to follow up with your doctor, take your medication and report anything unusual to him or her. Also, if you are home do you have good care? Family or friends? At your age your doctor could arrange home health. Be sure to eat healthy. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a slight pneumonia?

Not too long...: Everyone has a different immune system but most healthy people should improve within 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long will it take my 5 year old to recover from left lower lobe pneumonia?

Mgt: It really depends on the type and extent of the pneumonia. Has the cause been identified and treated promptly? Other things to consider are whether your child has been vaccinated, has a normal immune system, and any other lung disorders which can prolong his course. ...Read more

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Recovered from pleural effusion frm pneumonia 12 days ago but still having pleurisy. Is it normal? Ctscan, xray, cbc, tibc, ana, ferittin, TB shows normal

Recovered from pleural effusion frm pneumonia 12 days ago but still having pleurisy. Is it normal? Ctscan, xray, cbc, tibc, ana, ferittin, TB shows normal

Yes: In general, the pleural (lining of the lungs) may become inflammed or infected with a pneumonia. The fluid that is part of the normal lubrication of the lungs may collect abnormally -- which is called an effusion. Once it is resorbed, residual pain and discomfort may be experienced for several weeks to months after the event. ...Read more