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Doctor insights on: What Part Of The Body Does Pneumonia Affect

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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There is lung consolidation visible on my ct, but i ve no fever, so can this be that part of lung is collapsed instead of me having pneumonia, ?

There is lung consolidation visible  on my ct, but i ve no fever, so can this be that part of lung is collapsed instead of me having pneumonia, ?

Yes: Collapsed lung or atelectasis is sometimes interchangeably used with consolidation in radiology reports; its not exactly the same thing but may look similar. If you dont have symptoms of infection, its quite possibly you have some collpased lung tissue (atelectasis) rather than phlegm and inflammatory cells actually filling the lung tissue like you would in pneumonia. ...Read more

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I just received a pneumonia immunization as part of a physical exam and the doctor recommended a shingles vaccine. How soon can I get that vaccine?

I just received a pneumonia immunization as part of a physical exam and the doctor recommended a shingles vaccine. How soon can I get that vaccine?

Now: According to CDC guideline, you should be able to get shingle vaccine now as long as you do not have active shingle rashes. In addition, if two vaccines are administered in one visit or closely, a different site for injection is preferred if possible. ...Read more

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Can you explain how pneumonia spreads and attacks the body?

Can you explain how pneumonia spreads and attacks the body?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia occurs when pathogens infect the spaces where you breathe, your trachea or windpipe expands into a big network of airspaces where oxygen is brought into close contact with blood. When our immune system experiences a breach, these organisms can grow and enter the bloodstream in addition to interfering with gas exchange. Pathogens in the bloodstream then sail to and attack anywhere. ...Read more

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Can your body fight and get rid of pneumonia on its own?

Maybe,maybe not: Since some are triggered by viruses, it is certainly possible.However, the creator of the "Muppets" died rather suddenly of a treatable pneumococcal pneumonia that he ignored in its earliest stages. Makes one consider the possibilities. ...Read more

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Can the bacteria from pneumonia travel into other spots in your body?

Can the bacteria from pneumonia travel into other spots in your body?

Yes: Yes, it can. We sometimes, but rarely find it in the blood in blood cultures. That said, although it may go throughout the body, most do not affect the rest of the body. As one of my instructors used to say "bacteria usually go to one type of school", meaning that they tend to be specific to certain types of body tissues. Also, antibiotics go through the blood to the entire body so this covers. ...Read more