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What Is Pulmonia
Don't diagnose @home: Cough, shortness of breath, altered (fast) breathing pattern, fever (generally more than 38 deg C), chills (teeth chattering), chest pain / discomfort when breathing in, sweating (predominantly at night at rest), feeling tired/weak, nausea, & vomiting. The SIGNS of pneumonia include altered breath sounds (heard by stethoscope), fast heart rate, & (most importantly:) an abnormal chest X-ray. TTYD. ...Read more
Present for over 7 days, chest pain especially with breathing, abnormally colored or bloody sputum. And high fever are all associated with pneumonia HOWEVER the only SURE way is a CHEST X RAY!
Speak with your Primary Care Provider if you are unsure or have any of the symptoms above!
Hope this helps!
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Pneumonia: There are many causes of infectious pneumonia...viral, bacterial, and fungal. To get pneumonia you first have to be exposed. Usually this is from infected respiratory droplets from coughing/sneezing. Once you are exposed, whether you get infected or not depends on the amount of exposure, the virulence(ability to cause infection) of the bug, and the strength of your own immune system. ...Read more
Atypical: Usually the term is used to refer to "atypical pneumonias" (like the one caused by mycoplasma, etc) in which there is a dissociation between the xray impression and the clinical presentation, (too mild symptoms for such a xray image). They are usually treatable and most patients do just fine. ...Read more
Varies a lot...: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and varies from slight to deadly serious. So, people who are able to heal themselves of a slight pneumonia are probably able to walk around the whole time they have it. On the other end of the spectrum are the less fortunate ones who get sick, become bedridden, and never get up again. There are many germs that can cause pneumonia, too. ...Read more
Often NOT!: Pneumonia describes infection of the lung tissue itself. Bronchitis is an inflammation or infection of the bronchial tubes leading to the lung tissue. Both can have fever & production of sputum (usually yellow, brown, green-grey, bloody, lime green) but pneumonia is more likely and will have chills. Bronchitis is usually with wheezing, barking cough and not as toxic. Hard to know @ times? ...Read more
See details: Rest, stay well hydrated and take your medications. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on the cause of the pneumonia, both in mode of presentation and severity. Generally pneumonia produces fever, shortness of breathe, cough, sputum production, chest pain, malaise and limitations in activity levels. If you think you have pneumonia please see a doctor. ...Read more
Recurrent pneumonia: Is not uncommon in middle-aged and elderly adults (age 50-85) following treatment in hospital for community-acquired pneumonia. Risk factors for recurrent pneumonia include: male sex, congestive heart failure, lung disease and/or other chronic diseases. It is important to have chest xray between episodes of pneumonia to be sure that it is clearing up. ...Read more
Have persistent atypical pnuemonia for 7 weeks. Got EBUS. What are possible reasons for this ongoing pnuemonia?
Tricky: Obviously. Narrowing down what you mean by pneumonia is the first thing. Infiltrate on the x-ray? Fine, it takes a month to go away in everyone. Cough? Fine at best takes a month. Fever, chills, rigors and cough? Well, culture it, HIV associated ones NOT ruled out. The first female HIV cohort had NO risk factors in the majority of women. TB, fungal, other atypical organisms NOT routinely got. ...Read more
My son is 5 and ever since he was little he has gotten bronchittis and pnemonia atleast once every year since he's been born what could cause this?
Antibiotics: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissues. It is usually caused by one of a number of bacteria or by aspiration of saliva or food in those who have problems swallowing such as patients who have had strokes or altered levels of consiousness due to alcohol or drugs or seizures. Pneumonia is usually treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
Pulmonary artery ste:
I depend on your age. If you are older than 18 you should see a cardiologist with specialization in adult congenital disorders. If you know of this diagnosis, presumably you have already seen a specialist.
Depending on how significant the gradient is, you may need to have valve surgery. This can be done by traditional open-heart surgery or by transcatheter minimally invasive methods. ...Read more
Difficult t say: It is hard to say what the prognosis would be in a patient with kidney failure and pneumonia without a lot more information. Important factors would include: the patients age, and the presence of chronic diseases like diabetes, or copd, how severe the pneumonia is (does the patient need oxygen, is the patient on a ventilator (breathing machine), is the kidney failure old or new, etc. ...Read more