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What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

Infection vs Fluid: Accumulation. Pneumonia means you have an infection in your lungs. Where as pulmonary edema reflects fluid accumulation in your lungs. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Edema (Definition)

Edema is also known as Swelling. Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more

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Recovering from Pneumonia (Checklist)

Finish entire round of antibiotics
Once
Follow up with your doctor
Once
Get repeat imaging to make sure pneumonia has fully cleared up
Once
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How do pneumonia and pulmonary edema differ?

How do pneumonia and pulmonary edema differ?

Very different cause: Pneumonia is an infection of your lung tissue. Pulmonary edema is fluid which builds up due to various causes of lung inflammation or from yoru heart. It can also occur from toxinsa to your lung. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with small airway disease. Born 27.5 weeks, on vent and pneumonia and pulmonary edema as baby. Had pft. Chronic coug. Tightness in chest when not on inhaler. Nonsmoker. What does this mean?

Diagnosed with small airway disease. Born 27.5 weeks, on vent and pneumonia and pulmonary edema as baby. Had pft. Chronic coug. Tightness in chest when not on inhaler. Nonsmoker. What does this mean?

Association: Very premature children (those born before 32 weeks' gestation) have higher asthma risk -- almost three times that of children born at full term for asthma as young adults. In one study adults age 25 to 35 yrs old had over twice incidence of asthma than adults of full term infants. There is association but not definite cause and effect. ...Read more

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Recovering from Pneumonia (Checklist)

Finish antibiotics if prescribed
once
Drink enough fluids until your urine is pale yellow
daily
Don't smoke
once
Tylenol as needed for fever
every 6 hours
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Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same?

Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same?

No: Pulmonary edema(pe) is a backup of moisture/fluid that leaks into the tissues of the lung & may leak into the air exchange chambers. Pneumonia(pn) is an inflamatory process in the lungs usually caused by an infection by a germ (virus, bacteria) but could be caused by chemicals (stomach acid).Rx for pe &pn are very different. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary edema a sign or symptom for pneumonia?

Is pulmonary edema a sign or symptom for pneumonia?

No: Pulmonary edema refers to fluid in the lungs, whereas pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. They are different entities, although sometimes they are difficult to differentiate. ...Read more

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Recovering from Pneumonia (Checklist)

Get plenty of rest
1 hrs, 3x day for 6 weeks
Walk a little bit more each day, take it easy, one step at a time.
2x day
Drink plenty of fluids.
daily
Take Vitamin C for improved healing.
3x day
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Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same thing?

No: Pulmonary edema is uninfected fluid in the alveoli of the lung usually do to congestive heart failure or to ARDS (non cardiogenic pulmonary edema or adult respiratory distress syndrome). Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue with infected fluid in the alveoli or interstitial tissues. ...Read more

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Fluid In The Lungs (Definition)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate(thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative(heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling(thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more

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