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I was diagnosed with pneumonia and strep on Monday, I'm still feeling the same, but the fever isn't constant now. When am I able to go back to work?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia and strep on Monday, I'm still feeling the same, but the fever isn't constant now. When am I able to go back to work?

1 week: As long as you are feeling better and have no fever, 1 week is a reasonable time to return to work. If you are not recovering follow up with your doctor. All the best for a good recovery. ...Read more

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I was recently dx with bronchitis & pneumonia. Fever free for more than 24 hrs, but I still have a productive cough. Is it okay to go back to work?

I was recently dx with bronchitis & pneumonia. Fever free for more than 24 hrs, but I still have a productive cough. Is it okay to go back to work?

Depends: There is No definitive correct answer here, but your Treating provider would be able to best answer that question. Depending on the time and onset of your symptoms, how many days treatment of antiBx you have had, etc all may play a role in a return to work date. If you work alone, you may be fine, but if you are around many others in a closed space, then a productive cough would be frowned upon. ...Read more

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I've been on Levofloxacin 750 mg for pneumonia 3 days so far. I'm a dental hygienist. When is it safe to go back to work. For me and my patients?

Probably now, but...: Levofloxacin is for bacterial pneumonia, which is not a risk to your patients. If that's the only problem, you can return to work whenever you feel up to it. However, pneumonia often develops because of preceding viral infection, especially influenza. In that case, you should not work until fever is gone for at least 2-3 days. So probably OK, but if in doubt check with the doctor treating you. ...Read more

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Although I'm feeling better from my antibiotic meds for pneumonia I am still coughing and have a sore throat and not feeling strong enough for work. Been on meds for 4 1/2 days. When do I go ahead and push myself to get back to work?

Although I'm feeling better from my antibiotic meds for pneumonia I am still coughing and have a sore throat and not feeling strong enough for work. Been on meds for 4 1/2 days. When do I go ahead and push myself to get back to work?

Before: Returning to work, please check with your doctor first.
A follow up chest xray and blood tests may be needed. Pneumonia is a very serious illness. A thorough exam would decide whether or not you could return to work. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have pnemonia am a health care aid have stabbing pain in chest and back when coughing only been two days when should I return to work?

Have pnemonia am a health care aid have stabbing pain in chest and back when coughing only been two days when should I return to work?

Ask doc.: Pneumonia is a serious illness. Fatigue is common. You don't want to overexert, and need to rest to get allow the body to fight off infection quickly. Talk to your doc and ask about light duty. Aids work really hard, and you should not go back to full duty yet. ...Read more

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How long before I can return to work after pneumonia?

Depends: Depends on how bad it was, and what kind of work you do. Usually 1-2 weeks is needed to make sure you are not contagious, and have healed adequately. Pneumonia is serious and potentially deadly, so follow doctors instructions and make sure you have follow up xray to confirm it is completely clear. ...Read more

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Should I return to work after being out a week for pneumonia?

Pneumonia: This all depends upon what type of pneumonia you had, the severity, the therapy and how you are feeling. Generally a week should be sufficient if you were treated as an outpatient. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed this past Friday with Influenza A and Pneumonia of right middle lobe due to infectious organism. Feeling better. Return to work Mon?

I was diagnosed this past Friday with Influenza A and Pneumonia of right middle lobe due to infectious organism. Feeling better. Return to work Mon?

Sure, if feel well: If you are feeling well, fever is gone, and you're not coughing a lot, there's no reason you cannot return to work. It won't affect your recovery and probably you are no longer contagious for your coworkers, so it's entirely safe. But you might tire easily. Be prepared to be wiped out after a few hours and maybe go home early for a few days. ...Read more

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Been in hospital for a week with pneumonia and sepsis. Still very weak and ill, when should I return to work?

Been in hospital for a week with pneumonia and sepsis. Still very weak and ill, when should I return to work?

Pneumonia: I know this won't be the answer you want, but I don't know nearly enough to be able to tell you when you can return to work. It's best you ask the doctor who took care of you in the hospital. ...Read more

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Diagnsd walk pneumonia Z pac / 8 days steroid Still cough/SOB towards 2pm -work 40 hrs on feet Smoke a little Back TO DR?

Diagnsd walk pneumonia Z pac / 8 days steroid Still cough/SOB towards 2pm -work 40 hrs on feet Smoke a little Back TO DR?

Longer therapy: Community pneumonias sometimes take longer to clear and require prolonged therapy with antibiotics. You should see your doctor for further advice and examination. ...Read more

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How soon after being diagnosed with phnemonia and the flue can I return to work as a welder?

How soon after being diagnosed with phnemonia and the flue can I return to work as a welder?

Depends on situation: You are contagious for 6 days from the first fever (for flu).The pneumonia may sap your strength more but is less contagious. You could spread the flu to all your co-workers if you went back too soon. You may feel better sooner than 6 days out but I can't advise a early return. Think about a flu shot every season in september. ...Read more

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How long before returning to work after pneumonia?

How long before returning to work after pneumonia?

Pneumonia: This is highly variable and depends upon the cause of the pneumonia, degree of illness sustained, the efficacy of treatment, the response both in reduction of fever, diminished breathing disturbances and other factors. If the patient has improved, is feeling generally well, they can go back to work whenever they feel well enough to do so. ...Read more

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How to cure pneumonia consolidation? Once cured, is there a tendency to acquire tha sickness back?

How to cure pneumonia consolidation? Once cured, is there a tendency to acquire tha sickness back?

Antibiotics: Most pneumonia will clear with appropriate therapy. The chest x ray will often lag behind the clinical improvement. If underlying lug disease then a higher likelihood of a second event. ...Read more

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Can I get pneumonia from a massuese beating on my back?

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No: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs typically caused by bacteria. It is spread in a way not dissimilar to the flu - through the air - and is especially prevalent in winter months. So, it is unlikely the massuese would have given you pneumonia without having pneumonia him/herself. ...Read more

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I've heard that there is something called a "subtle pneumonia".Could you please explain what this is and the way it works? Does it have a medical name?

I've heard that there is something called a "subtle pneumonia".Could you please explain what this is and the way it works? Does it have a medical name?

Subtle Pneumonia: Either you do or don't have pneumonia. It may have been sounds heard by a stethoscope or your symptoms but not present on CXR. This would be enough evidence to treat. Sometimes these are called " soft signs". ...Read more

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How would you recommend I cure my back pain from pneumonia?

How would you recommend I cure my back pain from pneumonia?

Pneumonia n backpain: Coughing bouts during pneumonia can lead to disc damage in the lower back. If the pain increases while sitting down, leaning forward and improves with leaning back or standing up, it is most likely from the lumbar disc. An MRI can properly evaluate the soft tissues in the spine. If the pain travels dow the leg, it could be a pinched nerve from a herniated disc. Specific treatments can relieve this. ...Read more

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My ESR is 60 I had atypical pneumonia 5 months back. Next steps?

My ESR is 60 I had atypical pneumonia 5 months back. Next steps?

Infection?: Atypical pneumonia should be cured long ago if now asymptomatic. With elevated esr implies infection or inflammation somewhere in body. Should contact physician for examination and testing. ...Read more

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Left side back pain after pneumonia, is this caused by coughing?

Left side back pain after pneumonia, is this caused by coughing?

It COULD be: However, it is possible that you might have broken a rib with coughing. It is also possible that something is in your lung to have caused your pneumonia, and it now is causing the rib pain. It is VERY IMPORTANT to have a follow up chest x-ray to be sure that everything is clear, even if you feel much better. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I have a wound culture come back with pneumonia growth? How is the possible?

I have a wound culture come back with pneumonia growth? How is the possible?

You probably mean...: Klebsiella pneumonaie, a bacillus that can cause a variety of infections. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia comes back after some month after using amoxicillin for 10days?

Does pneumonia comes back after some month after using amoxicillin for 10days?

Pneumonia: Can be complicated. A single course of Amoxicillin may not treat pneumonia. This depends on many factors. If you are still coughing, short of breath, running a fever, or having chest pain, see a physician for a re-examination. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ESR is 60 I had atypical pneumonia 5 months back. What now?

What do you suggest if my ESR is 60 I had atypical pneumonia 5 months back. What now?

DR for evaluation: Need to see physician to find cause of elevated ESR. Could be related to infection elsewhere in the body or recurrent lung problem. May require other blood tests or imaging studies to figure out cause. ...Read more

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What are some ways for a child to strengthen his lungs back to normal after a bout of pneumonia?

What are some ways for a child to strengthen his lungs back to normal after a bout of pneumonia?

Time, usually: Most forms of pneumonia in children do not produce permanent changes in lung tissues, and with time and gradual increases in physical activity your child should recover uneventfully. If, however, they fail to do so, would strongly recommend they being seen by a pediatrician or pediatric pulmonologist. Truly believe and hope this will not be needed. Hope they get well soon. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where I work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?

Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where I work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?

Maybe: Viruses can be transmitted person to person, however a virus that causes pneumonia in one person may not necessarily cause pneumonia in another person who is infected with it. For example the flu can can cause a fever, muscle aches and few lung symptoms in one person but a severe pneumonia in another. ...Read more

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How long should I be off work after being diagnosis with mycoplasma pneumonia when working with food & the public?

Not infectious: Mycoplasma pneumonia is not contagious. You may go to work when you are ready.
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What will happen to my baby if I just let her sweat dry on her skin especially at her back? Can it cause pneumonia?

What will happen to my baby if I just let her sweat dry on her skin especially at her back? Can it cause pneumonia?

No: Sweating is a natural adaptive response to regulate body temperature. We sweat every day of our lives whether we realize it or not, and we don't get pneumonia from sweating, ever. ...Read more

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I just got over a bout of pneumonia last month and I have started coughing a lot again. Could it be coming back???

I just got over a bout of pneumonia last month and I have started coughing a lot again. Could it be coming back???

Recurrent pneumonia?: Depending on how it was treated the first time, this could always represent an infection. You should seek medical attention. ...Read more