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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more


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Why do I still have shortness of breath after pneumonia?

Why do I still have shortness of breath after pneumonia?

Pneumonia: There is a condition called post pneumonic asthenia which can take months to resolve after pneumonia. However you should see your Doc to be checked to be sure that something else isn't going on. ...Read more

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I got pneumonia and even though it's gone, I still have shortness of breath. Is this normal?

I got pneumonia and even though it's gone, I still have shortness of breath. Is this normal?

Pneumonia: It is fairly common to continue to have shortness of breath and weakness following an episode of pneumonia. I tell patients try to stay active during this time and they begin to feel themselves again a matter of weeks. If 4-6 weeks have gone by without any improvement, then you need to be reevaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Is it common after being diagnosed with pneumonia a week ago (tomorrow) to still have shortness of breath and the chest discomfort?

Is it common after being diagnosed with pneumonia a week ago (tomorrow) to still have shortness of breath and the chest discomfort?

Yes: 1st did you finish antibiotics as directed by your diagnosing physician? 2nd were you prescribed appropriate antibiotic for your infection, as guided by sputum culture. 3rd did chest xray confirm no fluid (effusion) or consolidation? Pleura or lining of lung can be inflamed causing pain. But don't forget that pneumonia is a big deal so it can take time for lungs to recover full breathing ability. ...Read more

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My husband is getting over something. My baby and I stayed away. Starting Saturday I've had this phlemy cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia?

My husband is getting over something. My baby and I stayed away. Starting Saturday I've had this phlemy cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia?

Shortness of breath: This usually implies something is not working properly in your lungs. It may be infection but also could represent wheezing. Have your doctor listen to your lungs and help you with a diagnosis. All the best and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia and pleurisy 3 weeks ago. I still have minor pains in my chest & shortness of breath. Is it normal to last this long?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia and pleurisy 3 weeks ago. I still have minor pains in my chest & shortness of breath. Is it normal to last this long?

Sometimes: I agree that's a long time. Have you stopped smoking 100% to allow full healing of your lungs and respiratory tract? Has fever resolved? Is your cough improved? If the answer to all 3 questions is "yes" - i'd give it more time. Otherwise, go back to your treating doc for another look. And please don't smoke anymore! ...Read more

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Fever, asthma history, & slight shortness of breath. Just more asthma, or maybe pneumonia?

Fever, asthma history, & slight shortness of breath. Just more asthma, or maybe pneumonia?

Not asthma alone: Fever is not seen in asthma alone, unless there is an accompanying infection. Asthma symptoms and shortness of breath can be worse if there is an infection in the lungs at the same time. This could be a bronchitis or pneumonia. If changes are seen on a chest xray, then it is likely to be a pneumonia. Either way, you should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for walking pneumonia for about a week now. Shortness of breath and fatigue is not better at all. Suggestions?

I'm being treated for walking pneumonia for about a week now. Shortness of breath and fatigue is not better at all. Suggestions?

Pneumonia: You probably need to go back to your Socorro to make sure that he doesn't need to change the antibiotic or do chest x ray. Your pneumonia looks like it is worsening ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, with cough and drainage. My mouth is always dry. I was exposed to some chemicals at work. Could I have chemical pneumonia?

Yes and no: If the cough is chronic (more than a month) definitely it could be related to environmental factors. Dry mouth might be related to cough though. I recommend you get a chest x ray as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with double pneumonia yesterday, I am light headed, shortness of breath, and have a high fever, born with vsd. What should I do?

I was diagnosed with double pneumonia yesterday, I am light headed, shortness of breath, and have a high fever, born with vsd. What should I do?

Poor response to tx?: Bilateral pneumonia can be very serious. It is important to drink plenty of fluids, rest and take all prescribed medicine. If you are getting worse or simply not responding adequately to treatment, you should be reassessed.
The doctor should be made aware of the vsd. It could be important, although it is probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia? I have been sick since the third of february. I have cold like symptoms, chills, sweating, pain on the right side of my chest, for 3 days my body ached very badly (is no longer aching), shortness of breath, haven't really been coughin

Do I have pneumonia? I have been sick since the third of february. I have cold like symptoms, chills, sweating, pain on the right side of my chest, for 3 days my body ached very badly (is no longer aching), shortness of breath, haven't really been coughin

Symptoms: Symptoms of pneumonia can include shortness of breath (especially when expending energy) and coughing. The cough could bring up sputum that is mixed with blood or sputum that is brown, green or yellow. Sweating with clammy skin, fatigue, fever and chills, exhaustion and vomiting can also occur. Since you are still ill after ten days, you should see your doctor. It can be hard to distinguish the flu from pneumonia but your doctor can listen to your lungs, get a good history and possibly take a chest x-ray to help with the assessment. If you only had the flu, would have expected it to have resolved already. ...Read more

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My dad (58yrs) suffrin frm fever for 6 dys with cough n shortness of breath n lil wheezing. Slightly diabetic n HS becme very weak. Can it be pneumonia?

My dad (58yrs) suffrin frm fever for 6 dys with cough n shortness of breath n lil wheezing. Slightly diabetic n HS becme very weak. Can it be pneumonia?

See doctor....: Your dad needs to see a doctor asap. Shortness of breath can be due to a life-threatening problem. His symptoms could be due to pneumonia or possibly acute bronchitis from a bacterial or viral infection. He needs to be seen right away for diagnosis and treatment so take him to the nearest er. ...Read more

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Caught a cold. Shortness of breath. Have asthma. Went to ER twice in week. No pneumonia. Now spitting up lots of thick mucous. Sweat at night new.

Caught a cold. Shortness of breath. Have asthma. Went to ER twice in week. No pneumonia. Now spitting up lots of thick mucous. Sweat at night new.

Reactive airway: Be sure to follow your asthma care plan. Are you using your albuterol inhaler? Is shortness of breath improving? Have you been prescribed steroids? These are all questions that come to mind. Follow up with your doctor to ensure lungs are sounding better. Do so immediately if worsening breathing. Coughing up mucous may be a good sign that you are improving air flow but if fevers develop, be seen. ...Read more

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76 year old male with elevated d dimer, shortness of breath, slight lung opacity and evidence of scar tissue on lungs. Is this pneumonia?

76 year old male with elevated d dimer, shortness of breath, slight lung opacity and evidence of scar tissue on lungs. Is this pneumonia?

Any fever?: The person obviously saw a doctor, what did the doctor say who examined the patient, say? The doctor who saw him has more information than is feasible in this forum. ...Read more

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Bad sinus problems, shortness of breath, pain in my right chest. Pneumonia or just bad sinusitis? Two doctors listened to my lungs and turned out good and chest xray came out good. Sinus infection?

Bad sinus problems, shortness of breath, pain in my right chest. Pneumonia or just bad sinusitis? Two doctors listened to my lungs and turned out good and chest xray came out good. Sinus infection?

Pnumonia unlikely: Chest xray is normal and there were normal breath sounds, it is very unlikely pneumonia.But sinusitis can sometime lead to lower respiratory infection like bronchitis which is inflammation in bronchi, that may be causing your shortness of breath.There is also possibility of bronchial asthma, which can be diagnosed by pulmonary function tests.
If symptoms of short of breath persist see a pulmonologis. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia? My chest and muscles around my lungs ache. I have shortness of breath, and I feel exhausted. I recently breathed some black mold

Exam needed: Discomfort in the chest and rib cage along with shortness of breath require evaluation. Typical symptoms of pneumonia include pleurisy (Sharp pain on inspiration), cough, fever, chills and sweats. Shortness of breath may occur. Your symptoms are nonspecific at this time, but I recommend an evaluation by a physician who will order the appropriate tests for diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis or pneumonia for much of last 18 months. Cough up sputum everyday. Wheezing fatigue shortness of breath. COPD or late onset asthma?

Had bronchitis or pneumonia for much of last 18 months. Cough up sputum everyday. Wheezing fatigue shortness of breath. COPD or late onset asthma?

COPD/asthma: The presentation may be similar or overlapping. Please see pulmonary specialist if you have this problem for 18 months ...Read more

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Shortness of breath with mucus for a year. Doc has said Gerd. Doesn't think asthma. Smoked 10 yrs.25. Lung test normal. Copd? Pneumonia? Just smoking?

Shortness of breath with mucus for a year. Doc has said Gerd. Doesn't think asthma. Smoked 10 yrs.25. Lung test normal. Copd? Pneumonia? Just smoking?

Quit smoking: The most obvious answer of course is that you have to stop smoking. There is no benefit from smoking, and as long as you continue to do so, you will be short of breath and have increased mucous and cough. You know this. Smoking makes asthma, GERD and COPD worse if you have them. Smoking causes other serious chronic health problems, such as cancers, stroke, heart disease. Have you tried Chantix? ...Read more

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I had the Stomach Flu and now for the past two days I've had shortness of breath, gas, and chest tightness. I don't have a fever. Is this pneumonia?

I had the Stomach Flu and now for the past two days I've had shortness of breath, gas, and chest tightness. I don't have a fever. Is this pneumonia?

Needs to be checked: It is difficult to say what it could be, But any shortness of breath and chest tightness needs to be evaluated. I suggest go to the ER and get checked. They will take a detailed history and exam and if indicated a chest xray to diagnose and treat your condition ...Read more

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I was diagnosed wiht pneunomia and a UTI 10 days ago. I finished my antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin) on time. When should the shortness of breath improve?

I was diagnosed wiht pneunomia and a UTI 10 days ago. I finished my antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin) on time. When should the shortness of breath improve?

Days to weeks: It might take "some time" for the inflammation in your lungs burns out and you feel back to normal again. If not better in 2-4 weeks I'd go back to your PCP and get further evaluated. Persistent symptoms mean either inadequate treatment or else some other affliction occurring simultaneously. ...Read more

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Had pneumonia 2 years ago and still experience short of breath, help?

Pneumonia: Depending upon the causative agent of the pneumonia, the extent of involvement and the duration of illness and the underlying state of the patient there may have been significant damage done to lung tissues and the airways. This needs thorough evaluation from an expert in pulmonary medicine. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had pneumonia three weeks ago, but I am still feeling quite sick, and short of breath. Help please?

I had pneumonia three weeks ago, but I am still feeling quite sick, and short of breath. Help please?

Pneumonia: If you are still feeling that poorly you should be seen again by your doctor to be rechecked. ...Read more

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What to do if I had pneumonia three weeks ago, but I am still feeling quite sick, and short of breath?

Pneumonia: With what you wrote you should see your Dr. And get checked out. There is a post pneumonic asthenia period which can have you feeling crummy for a few months but there are also some serious possible complications of pneumonia and it isn't possible to tell what your specific problem is. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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