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Repeated Bouts Of Pneumonia May Be Associated With
Sure, if unlucky: There is no law saying one cannot get pneumonia after recovering from pneumonia. Actually, a unlucky, sickly person can get a second case of pneumonia even before recovering from the first case. So, the best things to do are to stay healthy and strong, eat healthy foods, exercise, get vaccinated, avoid sick people; and if quite vulnerable, wear a face mask and wash hands after touching things. ...Read more
I was sent home from hosp after bout with pneumonia with oxygen. My level is from 91-97 without and 97-99 with. Do I still need the oxygen 24/7?
Time, usually: Most forms of pneumonia in children do not produce permanent changes in lung tissues, and with time and gradual increases in physical activity your child should recover uneventfully. If, however, they fail to do so, would strongly recommend they being seen by a pediatrician or pediatric pulmonologist. Truly believe and hope this will not be needed. Hope they get well soon. ...Read more
I just got over a bout of pneumonia last month and I have started coughing a lot again. Could it be coming back???
Recurrent pneumonia?: Depending on how it was treated the first time, this could always represent an infection. You should seek medical attention. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Recurrent pneumonia should be investigated and cause of the scarring determined to ensure that there is no ongoing inflammation in the involved segment of the lung. Treatment depends on underlying cause that is identified. If there is persistent infection in the lungs, it can lead to development of bronchiectasis over time. Please consult a lung specialist for detailed assessment. ...Read more
What are possible reasons that my four year old has chronic cough with mucus months after pneumonia bout?
Talk to your doctor: There are many causes of cough that lasts a long time. When it goes away in 2-3 weeks it is likely to just be an acute infection, but when it lasts for months it is more serious and needs to be checked out. Asthma, allergies, sinus infection and acid reflux can all cause on-going cough. Talk to your doctor about further testing and/or referral to a children's lung specialist. ...Read more
For the first 5 or 6 days of my bout with pneumonia, why did I have such an excruciatingly painful headache? (I could barely talk or move!)
AllSystemsConnected: First, any infection in one place can have side effects in another. Think of the flu, aches, cough, sore throat headache fever. So in your case: something like fever, loss of appetite, congestion and frequent coughing either causing a headache or making one worse. And with infections like pneumonia there can be inflammation that develops in the brain. Could get serious but in your case it didn't. ...Read more
Is there any natural remedy I can use for chest congestion, pneumonia, or bronchitis. I get these a lot and am getting another bout now.?
Preventive measures: If you smoke, stop! If you're exposed to 2nd-hand smoke, avoid it. Eat healthy meals to maintain immune system. If you're around sick people, wash hands (or hand sanitizer) often; avoid touching nose/eyes before sanitizing hands. Try to avoid others' coughs/ sneezes, especially if not covered. Elderberry, astragalus, echinacea, zinc, airborne supposedly help prevent respiratory infections. ...Read more
Just finished Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 4 strep, now diagnosed w bronchitis/possible early pneumonia given a zpack, steroid pack. Worried bout takin new anti so soon?
Don't be: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a bit overkill for Strep. I't's almost always responsive to Zpack and regular 'cillins. Perhaps, if you got pneumonia soon after finishing Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate), your doctor was concerned about resistance to Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Zpack and its cousins are recommended for community-acquired pneumonia, some of which are resistant to penicillin. Hope u get well soon. ...Read more
Can you tell me for years I suffer from repeated (and severe) pneumonia, strep, bronchitis, uti's, and more. What is causing?
Maybe immune system: Problem with infections. If infections are documented by your physician or physicians the possibility of immune system problem may be possible. There are various blood tests for these problems. The upper respiratory issues could be related to underlying lung disease such as bronchiectasis, COPD etc. In any case you should see your physician for examination and possible further testing. ...Read more
Pneumonia.: Pneumonia is an infection of a lobe of the lung. Symptoms include cough, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, chills and sweats. We catch it from someone who has pneumonia and is coughing. Can develop quickly or can take some time, depending on the bacterium/virus involved. Signs include a measured fever and typical findings on a chest X-ray. Once treated, should stay away. ...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
If a pt has pneumonia then is it the standard practise to try to get the pt to sit up in bed? Is there any evidence that this may help in some way?
Pneumonia for 3rd time in Feb. Cough lasted 4mo., ended and recently started w/ no other symptoms. I'm 20 & smoke so I'm worried it may be something else?
Because my daughter has MRSA pneumonia at the age of one, what are some future concerns we may have for her?
The lung is growing as your daughter grows, and any damage caused by the infection, may diminish over time. Keeping her vaccinations current is important as well.
She should be followed by your pediatrician for signs of any breathing difficulty. When she is older, pulmonary function testing may be performed to evaluate her lung function.
Prmg/peds can review records faxed to 858 259 9689 for? S. ...Read more
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungus. It can be diagnosed by a physician by chest x-ray in most cases.
Most cases (if caught early enough) can be easily treated as an outpatient. It becomes more problematic in the elderly, and more medically frail patients so get evaluated by your doctor if you believe you have it! ...Read more
Lung infection / rxn: Any reaction in the lung that causes typical symptoms (fever, cough with phlegm, etc.) along with a visible abnormality on X-ray is considered pneumonia. Most often, it is a (bacterial) infection; however, pneumonia can be caused by a hypersensitivity (immune) reaction, viruses, exposure to harmful chemicals or inorganic material like coal dust, asbestos, & the like, radiation, & multiple others. ...Read more
How could we tell?: This is the public information HT site. You get the most from the site when you provide background information on a problem and ask a specific question based on that information. Without symptoms and other description of your problem, we have no basis for any conclusions. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are never linked & go to the site at random. ...Read more
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus.
Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics. The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. The patient will need to see a doctor for exam, investigation and treatment. ...Read more
No such medical cond: Your doctor maay be trying to simplify for you to understand that you might develop pneumonia, which can happen if you have bronchitis following sore throat and upper respiratory virus infections which are very common. Sometimes a pneumonia will follow after such infections. ...Read more
Lots of things: Lots of things can cause pneumonia, which is an infection of the lung. Bacteria, viruses & fungi can all cause pneumonia. However, so can aspiration which occurs when choking on something, typically stomach contents. Appropriate vaccines are very useful in decreasing certain, but not all, pneumonias. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes pneumonia is a simple viral process that self heals. It can also be an aggressive bacteria that invades the body starting with the lungs and can kill within days if not discovered and treated. Jim Henson, the puppet master that created the MUPPETS did not get treated for his pneumonia until it was too late, and died because of it. ...Read more