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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)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...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.

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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 don't 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.

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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 is a infection of lungs. It can be bacteria, viral or fungal. Fungal is rare and happens mainly in immunocompromised people. Bacterial is common and spreads through droplet infection (cough, sneezing,). Bacterial can be community acquired or hospital acquired (durning hospital admissions). Treatment depends on the cause and likely bugs causing it.

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Can you explain how pneumonia microbe enters the body?

Can you explain how pneumonia microbe enters the body?

The: Most common method of getting pneumonia is by breathing in airborn pathogens.

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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.

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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.

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Can the body heal itself of pneumonia heaviness in chest, slight fever

Can the body heal itself of pneumonia heaviness in chest, slight fever

If: If you think you may have pneumonia then you should see a doctor because bacterial pneumonia requires antibiotics, meaning the body will not "heal itself." chest heaviness and slight fever are very non-specific symptoms. A more detailed history, a physical exam, and necessary testing will help in making a diagnosis and directed treatment. Hope you are better soon.

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Does pneumonia temporarily decrease the immune system since lesser oxygen can be taken into the body?

Does pneumonia temporarily decrease the immune system since lesser oxygen can be taken into the body?

Not quite: A bad one will knock out areas of lung so not allowing oxygen to enter the body as readily. But usually the immune system does the opposite and becomes increased in response - which is why people look and get very sick. If any concerns re immune system down and not recovering from pneumonia recommend urgent medical examination from a doctor licensed in your area.

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Can the overgrowth of yeast in the body cause pneumonia or increase your risk for getting pneumonia or are they two unrelated things?

Can the overgrowth of yeast in the body cause pneumonia or increase your risk for getting pneumonia or are they two unrelated things?

Generally unrelated: Where would yeast be overgrowing. This theory of yeast overgrowth producing many other issues has never been scientifically proven and when subjected to inquiry does not stand up. Now, if you are immune suppressed, like with HIV disease you can have multiple illnesses simultaneously and this can include systemic yeast infections and pneumonia. Hope this is not you. Have a good thanksgiving.

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Why would someone with pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia have purple spots on body?

Why would someone with pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia have purple spots on body?

HIV: Persons with pneumocystis infection are usually immunosuppressed, and the most common cause is hiv/aids. These patients may also have a type of cancer of the skin caused by herpesvirus 8 called kaposi's sarcoma, and this produces purple skin lesions.

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I came back from Argentina 30 days ago & have not felt the same Got over pneumonia after trip. Now can't stop itching all over body for days what isit?

I came back from Argentina 30 days ago & have not felt the same Got over pneumonia after trip. Now can't stop itching all over body for days what isit?

Scabies/mites/bedbug: Could be a parasite or after effects of antibiotic taken for pneumonia, see a dermatologist if a rash or doesn't go away, take benadryl (diphenhydramine) for now 25 -50 twice a day, wash all clothes involved, maybe a food allergy?

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Do I have pneumonia? I have been sick since the third of february. I have cold like symptoms, chills, sweating, pain on the right side of my chest, for 3 days my body ached very badly (is no longer aching), shortness of breath, haven't really been coughin

Do I have pneumonia? I have been sick since the third of february. I have cold like symptoms, chills, sweating, pain on the right side of my chest, for 3 days my body ached very badly (is no longer aching), shortness of breath, haven't really been coughin

Symptoms: Symptoms of pneumonia can include shortness of breath (especially when expending energy) and coughing. The cough could bring up sputum that is mixed with blood or sputum that is brown, green or yellow. Sweating with clammy skin, fatigue, fever and chills, exhaustion and vomiting can also occur. Since you are still ill after ten days, you should see your doctor. It can be hard to distinguish the flu from pneumonia but your doctor can listen to your lungs, get a good history and possibly take a chest x-ray to help with the assessment. If you only had the flu, would have expected it to have resolved already.

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Are the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu the same body is very achy and I'm very tired and coughing?

Are the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu the same body is very achy and I'm very tired and coughing?

Yes: The symptoms of influenza and pneumonia are very similar. Influenza can cause viral pneumonia. Both are characterized by cough, fever, constitutional symptoms and prostration. Influenza in the usa occurs between november and april with the highest incidence in the winter months. Get evaluated by your md. Hope you get better soon.

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Pneumonia & fever for 8 days, Xrays today showed no improvement from orig Xray. Fever stopped today. Is her body no longer trying to fight infection?

Pneumonia & fever for 8 days, Xrays today showed no improvement from orig Xray. Fever stopped today. Is her body no longer trying to fight infection?

Mgt: The chest radiograph usually lags behind clinical improvement. If the fever is gone and she starts to improve, follow up can be done at your PCP's office or by virtual appointment.