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What are some causes/concerns for frequent pneumonia in a child?

What are some causes/concerns for frequent pneumonia in a child?

Asthma: Asthma is the most frequent cause of multiple episodes of pneumonia. If the asthma is well controlled, pneumonia should be a very uncommon event. Other causes of frequent pneumonia can include immune dysfunction, recurrent aspiration, foreign body aspiration, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Frequent Respiratory Infections (Definition)

Frequent lung infections is a clinical finding in which a person gets lung infections more often than is typical. This can occur due to lung problems or due to a weakened immune system, often due to immune system suppressing ...Read more


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Is frequent pneumonia dangerous and how best to help?

Is frequent pneumonia dangerous and how best  to help?

Possibly: Frequent pneumonia is never good, but it depends on the age of the patient and their underlying health to try to determine the cause. Sometimes patients with asthma have white spots on their xray which may get called pneumonia when it is really an asthma flare-up. The most important thing is to find out why the pneumonia happens so often. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Hx of frequent pneumonia and asthma. 1 episode of sharp lt sided chest and shoulder pain, 7/10. Lasted only seconds, no other sx. Pleuritis?

Hx of frequent pneumonia and asthma. 1 episode of sharp lt sided chest and shoulder pain, 7/10. Lasted only seconds, no other sx. Pleuritis?

Doubtful: Pleuritic pain usually lasts for days if not weeks. I am more concerned about the recurrent bouts of pneumonia. Do you have issues with water damage at the home? If so, exposure to molds may cause a condition known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis and avoidance is the only sure cure. ...Read more

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Seen many docs, no diagnosis- Fit 38 yo female w/chronic lung issues- frequent pneumonia&fever, abnormal CTscan&biopsy. No allergy or asthma. ?

Seen many docs, no diagnosis- Fit 38 yo female w/chronic lung issues- frequent pneumonia&fever, abnormal CTscan&biopsy. No allergy or asthma. ?

Pulmonologist 2nd op: this is not easy to answer in general terms. assuming no smoking history/no exposure and ruled out cystic fibrosis, alpha antitrypsin deficiency, idiopathic bronchiectasis. I would probably advise to seek 2nd opinion from pulmonologist with all your results on hands. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does fasting/starvation always cause pneumonia? I haven't eaten in 3 days and people tell me I'm going to eventually end up with pneumonia.

Does fasting/starvation always cause pneumonia? I haven't eaten in 3 days and people tell me I'm going to eventually end up with pneumonia.

NO!: I don't know why you are fasting but people have used fasting therapeutically for thousands of years and generally do not get pneumonia, See http://www.allaboutfasting.com/ However, fasting should be done for a limited time and ideally under medical supervision. I recommend a juice fast using a green powder such as ORAC Energy Greens with hemp protein powder and a good multivitamin. See comment: ...Read more

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What is the cause for pneumonia?

What is the cause for pneumonia?

Pneumonia: An inflammatory condition of the tissues of the lung may be caused by infection, drug reactions, tumors, autoimmune conditions and trauma among others. ...Read more

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What causes pneumonia in tweens?

What causes pneumonia in tweens?

Many possibilities: Viral pneumonias probably most common in this age group, but atypical pneumonias (mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella) can also occur. Bacterial pneumonias are less common in this age group, but do occur. ...Read more

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What are the different causes of pneumonia?

What are the different causes of pneumonia?

Dozens: Pneumonia (inflammation of lungs) may be due to non-infectious conditions including medications, collogen-vascular disease, conditions like sarcoidosis, etc. It can also be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites. It can occur by aspiration of material from above, extension thru the blood stream, by direct penetration or extension from adjacent structures. Complex subject. ...Read more

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Can croup cause pneumonia?

Can croup cause pneumonia?

Not exactly: Croup describes a clinical syndrome that involves infection ( usually viral) of the upper airway and maybe the air tubes ( bronchitis) so it can not "cause pneumonia" however some of the viruses that can cause croup like symptoms can also infect the lower resp tract and cause pneumonia or infection of the air spaces in the lungs. ...Read more

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Can pharyngitis cause pneumonia?

Can pharyngitis cause pneumonia?

No: But if the organism (viral or bacterial) has affected both the pharynx and lungs, then both conditions can occur. However most pharyngitis cases are confined to the pharynx. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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