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Doctor insights on: Untreated Pneumonia

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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How long does it take untreated pneumonia to turn into acute respiratory distress syndrome?

How long does it take untreated pneumonia to turn into acute respiratory distress syndrome?

Hours to days: Pneumonia can cause respiratory distress in a matter of hours to days. Some cases of pneumonia can be very mild and might not cause significant respiratory symptoms even if untreated. Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) can occur due to any number of conditions, pneumonia is just one of them. It can happen within minutes or hours of the trigger. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a man to contract a UTI if he receives oral sex from a partner with untreated bacterial pneumonia?

Is it possible for a man to contract a UTI if he receives oral sex from a partner with untreated bacterial pneumonia?

AnythingPossibleBut-: Unlikely. In fact I'd say very unlikely. It is possible to contract urethritis from someone whose mouth is infected with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea but untreated pneumonia? No. I'm trying to imagine someone "administering" oral sex while coughing a lot. Hmmmm, might be...interesting. But in any event, if you have any UTI symptoms, get it checked out. You might have gotten it some other way. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you leave pneumonia untreated?

Could you tell me what happens if you leave pneumonia untreated?

Can be very serious: Pneumonia in the days before antibiotics had a risk of death of about 30-40% in the United States. Because of this risk, pneumonia was called the "captain of the men of death" in the early 1900's by Dr William Osler. People who are very young, very old, or very sick due to other illnesses are at a greater risk of death due to pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is it true that broncitis can turn I to pneumonia if left untreated. I get broncitis but domt get it treated just rest. ?

Is it true that broncitis can turn I to pneumonia if left untreated. I get broncitis but domt get it treated just rest. ?

No antibiotics: The current recommendations for treating acute bronchitis include not prescribing antibiotics in most cases. Bronchodilators and steroids (oral or inhaled) can open up the airways to improve breathing and facilitate the clearing of secretions. Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. ...Read more

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If I had untreated chronic sinusitis, can that cause pneumonia with severe chest pains? I've already had my tonsils and aiednoids removed.

If I had untreated chronic sinusitis, can that cause pneumonia with severe chest pains? I've already had my tonsils and aiednoids removed.

Not usually: However sinusitis can cause coughing and frequent or violent coughing can lead to chest pain. If you have had frequent upper respiratory infections, pneumonia on top of the chronic sinusitis, consult an allergist/immunologist for an immune evaluation. ...Read more

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Found out 3 yo has bacterial pneumonia today. Thought it was virus for 5 days. Is that long enough to go untreated to turn septic? I'm very worried

Found out 3 yo has bacterial pneumonia today. Thought it was virus for 5 days. Is that long enough to go untreated to turn septic?  I'm very worried

Depends on variables: It is not unusual for a respiratory virus to eventually lead to a bacterial pneumonia, otitis media or sinusitis. When it does it is usually marked by an obvious change in the kids symptoms.If your doc treated this as an outpatient, as many are, it is not that serious. Sometimes we treat as an inpatient if they are not taking fluids well. I can't recall any pneumonia I've treated going septic. ...Read more

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What will happen if your pneumonitis was untreated?

What will happen if your pneumonitis was untreated?

Depends...: ...On what kind of pneumonitis. Viral pneumonitis mostly resolves without treatment, others may not. ...Read more

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Can leaving hypersensitivity pneumonitis untreated for 2 years be potentially dangerous for the lungs? If so, how?

HRCT: There are stages of progression of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It is difficult to predict the course, but a follow up HRCT of the lungs provides information about the degree of involvement and scarring in the lung. Steroids are used to treat the disease, and I would also advise that you have a bronchial washing as well. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia

What is pneumonia

Lung infection: An infection of lung tissue air sacs ( alveoli) is a pneumonia. An infection confined to just the larger air tubes would be called bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue, usually caused by bacteria, but could be viral or parasitic. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia: 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

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What is pneumonia ?

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

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Do I have pneumonia?

Do I have pneumonia?

Maybe: What symtoms do you have? You really should see your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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How to cure pneumonia?

How to cure pneumonia?

Pneumonia: 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

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What is pre-pneumonia?

What is pre-pneumonia?

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

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Can pneumonia be cured?

Can pneumonia be cured?

Pneumonia : Antibiotics will fix bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonia fixes itself. Fungal will need anti fungal treatment ...Read more

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How is pneumonia treated?

How is pneumonia treated?

Tx PNA.: Pneumonia is typically a bacterial infection, so antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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