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Doctor insights on: Staph Lung Infection Symptoms

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Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Humidifier for Lungs: Your airways love warm, humidified air, coupled with frequent forced coughing to expel mucus. A mist humidifier or long, hot shower works well. If you can't expel the mucus, forced deep breathing, coupled with chest percussion may bring up the mucus. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Symptoms of lung infection? And can you die from it?

Symptoms of lung infection? And can you die from it?

Yes: Pneumonia is a common terminal event. If you have cough and fever, see your doctor for an evaluation. Most lung infections are readily treatable and a 27 year-old should not die from it.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of lung infection? Can you die from it? Can it be cured?

What are symptoms of lung infection? Can you die from it? Can it be cured?

Infections treatable: Lung infections often involved changes in your breathing. Infections like pneumonia may cause fever, shortness of breath, cough, tiredness, decreased appetite. Antibiotics often required. If immune system is weak and/or infection severe ad untreated, lung infections, could lead to death, but most cases of pneumonia are treatable and can be "cured". ...Read more

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Can chicken soup help against symptoms of lung infection?

Probably: There are some small studies favoring the use of chicken soup during colds. No body knows what exactly is helpful, the fluids from the soup, the warm temperature, the salt it contains, or the protein from the chicken. Somehow in conjunction it supports the immune system during an infection. I think you can extrapolate the benefits to pulmonary infections (at least bronchitis. Pneumonia need more. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms if lung infection.?

What r the symptoms if lung infection.?

Lung infection: Of any type would be highlighted by cough, fever, chest pain with coughing, sputum production, shortness of breath. Not all are present but most of the time they are present and more times than not, all are present. By the way, one of your conditions simply puzzles me. ...Read more

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Is foul smelling breath symptom of a lung infection?

Is foul smelling breath symptom of a lung infection?

Maybe: Usually foul smelling breath comes from one of three sources- mouth bacteria or infection in the chest or sinuses. ...Read more

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Can smoking worsen the symptoms of a lung infection?

Can smoking worsen the symptoms of a lung infection?

Yes: Smoking interferes with the lung's normal ability to cleanse itself. Therefore infections of breathing tubes or lung tissue will occur more frequently, be more difficult to eradicate, and be more debilitating. ...Read more

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I have some kind of lung infection. My doctor gave me bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 800-160 for 10 days and my symptoms persist. Acne on my back and ache in chest on right?

I have some kind of lung infection. My doctor gave me bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 800-160 for 10 days and my symptoms persist. Acne on my back and ache in chest on right?

Reword this question: "Some kind of lung infection" means nothing. Cough? Fever? What is the DR's diagnosis? Any other meds? Ache in chest due to cough? How long ill? Effective therapy of bronchitis is time + inhalers. Antibiotic therapy is not effective for viral infections. While Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not the first choice for acne, it can be effective. If the acne is improved after 3 months, continue the med. Usually just 1 a d ...Read more

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How long after you develop a flu/cold symptoms could you get a lung infection leaving the flu/cold untreated? HTN G.A.D PCOS Depressive Disorder

How long after you develop a flu/cold symptoms could you get a lung infection leaving the flu/cold untreated? HTN G.A.D PCOS Depressive Disorder

At any time: Bacterial infections resulting from colds which go untreated can occur at any time during the cold. Often, it's hard to say when one infection stops & another begins. Factors such as immune status, diabetes, COPD, asthma, anemia, poor nutrition, chronic fatigue, etc. Can all make it easier for viral infections to complicate so as Captain Kangaroo always said, "Take Good Care of yourself." ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a staph infection in lungs. What precautions do I need to take?

Pneumonia: Sounds like you have pneumonia, finish your antibiotics.

Get a chest xray to make sure it cleared up in 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with staph infection of the lungs? This person has been on life support for 2 1/2 weeks

What is the life expectancy for someone with staph infection of the lungs? This person has been on life support for 2 1/2 weeks

Can not say but poor: Can not comment without knowing more details but prognosis is poor but not hopeless if that's all the person has. ...Read more

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I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs?

I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs?

Very: If you have positive blood cultures for staph aureus (ask your doctor what species of staph since if it is coagulase negative it is probably a contaminant) you are very seriously ill and infective endocarditis must be excluded from your diagnosis. You need to be seen in consultation by an infectious diseases expert. Hope you get over this soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a lung infection, my nose isn't stuffy but I can't really taste anything?

Treatment: Of a lung infection is tailored to understanding what is causing it. Only your examining physician can determine what the appropriate treatment might be after a physical exam ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a lung infection?

See your MD: If you have a lung infection or pneumonia you should see your md and see if antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because I had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?

I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because I had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?

Ask your doctor: To explain it to you. If you were in the hospital for a month obviously something was wrong. You would have had a complicated case and your doctor has the most information to give you the best answer. ...Read more

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I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

Probably not: True lung infections caused by candida are almost unheard of. People with severely suppressed bone marrow function can get systemic candida infections, but most such people are hospitalized in bone marrow or other organ transplant units or similarly immunosuppressed (but rarely cancer patients receiving outpatient chemo for example). "candida pneumonia" is almost unheard of. ...Read more

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I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

No: Although candida can be found in the sputum it can be considered a contaminant except in certain situations such as immunosuppresion (cancer, HIV etc)
if a person with tuberculosis has a candida infection the above must be ruled out particularly hiv. Otherwise the answer is no. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have shortness of breath about 3 weeks after lung infection?

F/u with physician: You may have a recurrent infection or new infection or a complication from original infection....Please see a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Doctor says I have lung infection and could be contagious what does she mean by that thanks?

This means: That your infection could be spread to other people. Please ask your doctor or her staff to educate you further on this matter. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been told I have pleural effusion, caused by a lung infection, but I am on holiday can it wait til I get home to get treated?

It would be unwise: To wait as potentially there could be a rapid progression of both fluid production and spread of infection. It could be so rapid that you would die before appropriate management could even be initiated. You might be sad about missing holiday this year but at least you will be alive to have a holiday next year. ...Read more

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Got gastro ended up at hospital IV n all that, can it turn into a lung infection because they are starting to hurt when I breath in :/?

Got gastro ended up at hospital IV n all that, can it turn into a lung infection because they are starting to hurt when I breath in :/?

Pleuritic pain?: Please have your doctor examine your lungs and order an xray if necessary. Pneumonia and atelectasis are known post-op complications. If still hospitalized, ask for an inspirometer to prevent these problems. ...Read more

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Pain in both sides of upper back for 2 weeks no pain with breathing, could this be a lung infection? The painkillers that I take are not helping.

Pain in both sides of upper back for 2 weeks no pain with breathing, could this be a lung infection? The painkillers that I take are not helping.

Upper back pain: This is unlikely to be pneumonia due to absence of cough, fever, chills, sweats, pain on deep breath, wheezing or shortness of breath. Musculoskeletal causes are more likely. Have you any history of strain from exercises, occupation, housework, posture problems, being in cold drafts? If symptoms persist consult your physician and appropriate examination and testing will be done. ...Read more

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My do. Gave me a steriod shot for a virus that gave me a lung infection. What side effects should I expect. It only stays in the body for 3 days?

Viral infection: Something seems wrong with your description of what you have and the treatment prescribed. Suggest you discuss this with the doctor seeing you and if you do not get a satisfactory response, see another doctor for a second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you treat a lung infection?

Type of infection?: Really depends on the type of infection.
1: virus infection : usually do nothing (there are exceptions)
2: bacteria : antibiotics (choice depends on the type of bacteria)
3: fungus : depends on type of fungus, but you use anti-fungal medicines. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could deal with lung infection?

Depends on health: If one is a smoker you may well need antibiotics. If one is not a smoker and not severely ill you might wait a couple of days prior to see your doctor. If you have fever, cough and chest pain, it would be wise to go see your doctor as soon as possible. If you have blood in your sputum, then this becomes more severe. Need immediate medical attention in that case.
Basic answer see your doc ...Read more

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Could someone take clarithromycin for lung infection?

Could someone take clarithromycin for lung infection?

If it was prescribed: Clarithromycin (biaxin) is an antibiotic that is used for multiple types of infections including sinus/lung infections. So it is generally safe as long as it is prescribed for you and you are taking it as directed by physician. ...Read more

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Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Yes: Chest xray looks at the lung tissue superimposed on a the chest wall tissue including the ribs and all the muscles and thus can miss subtle findings. In addition, lung infection can be subtle, with presentation as a small focus of infection or a rather very faint infection area that can be very difficult to detect with xray alone. A ct study may be useful if necessary. ...Read more

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Can cracked ribs cause a lung infection?

Can cracked ribs cause a lung infection?

Indirectly: The pain from the rib injury keeps you from taking regular deep breaths and this prevents you from clearing the build-up of "stuff" in your lungs that normally accumulates. Bacteria multiply and give you pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about COPD lung infection or chest infection?

Can you tell me about COPD lung infection or chest infection?

More info: People with COPD do get more respiratory infections than other possibly due to the reduce ability to remove bacteria, etc from the lungs. The "cilia" in copder's do not work efficiently and thus the bacteria, etc stays in the lungs and can cause pneumonia, etc. Of course the bets way to reduce infections is to stop smoking, get flu and pneumonia shots and try to minimize exposure to viruses/bacteria. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Yes, bronchitis: Bronchitis is the infection of the bronchial tumes. Pneumonia is more of an infection that has settled in the terminal ends of the bronchioles and the air sacs (called alveoli). ...Read more

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Possible to have a bad lung infection that can be confused with cancer?

Yes: A lung abscess (a collection of pus in the lung caused by certain kinds of infection) can look on ct scan like a lung cancer. It can be associated with similar sx. This includes, cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Is mechanical ventilation dangerous because you can get a lung infection?

Is mechanical ventilation dangerous because you can get a lung infection?

Yes: Mechanical ventilation is dangerous for a large variety of reasons, but the alternative is not pretty. Long term mechanical ventilation is associated with a well defined risk for ventilator associated pneumonia and close adherence to established protocols has been shown to dramatically lower that risk. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies that can treat a pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection?

Are there home remedies that can treat a pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection?

Not really: Pseudomonas is a very dangerous bacteria that infects those who are chronically or critically ill. (such patients with cystic fibrosis or in the intensive care unit) it is a it needs to be treated with antibiotics that are active against this germ and that often must be given iv. Sometimes when prolonged therapy is needed it can be completed at home, under medical supervision. ...Read more

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Does having fluids around my rib cage indicate a common cold or lung infection?

Does having fluids around my rib cage indicate a common cold or lung infection?

Neither: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting a lung infection caused by candida?

Not likely: Possible, but not likely. Anyone taking immunosuppressive drugs is at greater risk for (opportunistic) infections compared to individuals in the general population. A very few % of organ transplant patients get fungal infections, and unless you have had fungal pneumonias in the past, it would be an unusual event. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating ...Read more


Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more