Top 20 Doctor insights on: What doctor specializes in pneumonia
May be difficult: It can be difficult to tell the difference between pneumonia and less severe infections, but pneumonia typically is more severe with more cough, mucous production and fevers. Bronchitis tends to be more mild, but if you have underlying COPD or other lung disease it may be more difficult to tell. A chest xray/physical exam can help distinguish, and you may need antibiotics. Would see a doc. ...Read more
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Pneumonia or cough?: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that looks a particular way (s) on chest x-ray and sounds a certain way on exam. If you have a cough that produces sputum and not pneumonia, you may have bronchitis. 99% of bronchitis is viral, in which case antibiotics are harmful. I am assuming you've had a fever; if he/she didn't test for flu, examine you, or (after the exam) get an x-ray, get seen now. ...Read more
I have a strong cold including heavy coughing for more than 1.5 weeks. Should I see a doctor? Could it be pneumonia?
I am fairly certain I may have pneumonia/bronchitis but my doc says nothing is wrong. I am very ill what should I do? I know something is wrong.
I have pneumonia for the 6th time this year I keep getting it and my doctor doesn't know why. Is there anything I could be doing that is make it worse?
Highly unusual: This is concerning to have so many episodes of pneumonia in one year, you need to see a different doctor, an infectious disease specialist and an immuonoligist to make sure your immune system is good, also aspiration from reflux or a connection between food and wind pipes need to be ruled out. ...Read more
Rare pneumonia: Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) is rare inflammatory lung disorder. Symptoms of BOOP include flu-like illness, cough and shortness of breath with exertional activities. Bronchiolitis obliterans refers to swirls or plugs of fibrous, granulation tissue filling the small bronchiole airways. Organizing pneumonia refers to organized swirls of inflammatory tissue filling small airways ...Read more
My dad is having pneumonia and doctors said there are chances for cancer. And by chance- death. Will he recover?
Possible Lung Cancer: He should be monitored carefully from his pneumonia until he is feeling better. They should order ct scan of the chest to evaluate his lung disease and his pulmonary specialist should evaluate him for bronchoscopy evaluation of his lung disease and he may be able to take a biopsy from his lung. If his pulmonary specialist will not be able to do his biopsy he may need to be seen and evaluated by t. ...Read more
Ok every six months for the past two years I have coughed up bright red blood the doctors always say its pneumonia but why every six months don't make scence?
Need evaluation...: Coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, is usually caused by bronchitis. But, it always needs to be investigated because it can be a sign of malignancy. You describe recurrent hemoptysis. You should be seen by a lung specialist since you probably need your airways examined via a bronchoscopy (scope in airways) as well as a cat scan of your chest. If you smoke, you need to quit today. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough, SOB, fever: The most common symptoms of pneumonia are cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, fever, chills, and chest pain on inspiration. If its caused by a bacteria doctors will prescribe antibiotics that can usually cure the infection and lead to resolution of all symptoms. ...Read more
Yes: Pneumonia is often diagnosed clinically based on history and physical exam. Pneumonia may change the breath sounds heard with a stethescope by the physician. Chest xray is done at times to help determine the extent of the pneumonia or if the child is not responding to treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic lung disease: Bo is a form of obstructive lung disease that leads to the "obliteration" of small airways due to fibrosis. It can be caused by inhalational injuries, autoimmune diseases, lung infections, or following-transplant. In children, it can be seen after a severe lung infection, usually with adenovirus. ...Read more
If my son has pneumonia why did the doctor has give me biaxin (clarithromycin) to make him feel better?
Went to doctor's today found out sje had pneumonia and her blood tests came back alarming. Doctor said nothing further. What could it mean?
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