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When Is Pneumonia Fatal
Not all are fatal:
Most pnumonias are not fatal these days, people sometime die from pneumonia if they have assciated immunity problems, other lung diseases, old age&small children.Most pneumonias if diagnosed and treated with appropriate antibiotics does not end in fatality
having said that it stil lcauses 4 million deaths all over the world, with 450 million suffer from this condition annually, 7%of world population. ...Read more
Probably not...: This condition is typically treated with antibiotcs and drainage of the effusion with a chest tube if it is large enough. Generally it is not fatal; however, if severe enough & not responsive to treatment, this can be very serious. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with having "desquamative interstitial pneumonia" or dip which is a lung disease. Can this disease be reversed? Can it be fatal?
Check with your doc:
Dip is relatively benign. However, there may be another diagnosis such as nsip, ipf, rbild, cop, aip, cep, uip or lip
the prognosis of dip is generally good. Most patients improve with smoking cessation and corticosteroids. The overall survival is about 70% after 10 years.
Your doctor may start you on Prednisone 1 mg/kg/day and you will hopefully respond. Dip is certainly better than ipf. ...Read more
Not usually: Not usually, however very heavy exposure to the inciting agent or very severe responses can cause severe lung injury and result even in respiratory failure. Even in these situations if medical care is sought out the response to steroid medicine is usually very good. Repeat exposures that are untreated can cause a more chronic scarring of the lung or pulmonary fibrosis that can shorten ones life. ...Read more
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Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus.
Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics. The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. The patient will need to see a doctor for exam, investigation and treatment. ...Read more
No such medical cond: Your doctor maay be trying to simplify for you to understand that you might develop pneumonia, which can happen if you have bronchitis following sore throat and upper respiratory virus infections which are very common. Sometimes a pneumonia will follow after such infections. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes pneumonia is a simple viral process that self heals. It can also be an aggressive bacteria that invades the body starting with the lungs and can kill within days if not discovered and treated. Jim Henson, the puppet master that created the MUPPETS did not get treated for his pneumonia until it was too late, and died because of it. ...Read more
Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Need more information. If you are having fever, cough with sputum production, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, etc., you may be getting pneumonia, but this needs careful evaluation by a clinician. If you suspect you may have pneumonia you should be seen by a doctor asap. ...Read more
Respiratory droplets: Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks. The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people. ...Read more
Signs of pneumonia:
A persistent cough and fever over 102 fever commonly with shaking chills and sweating (although older people may have lower-than-normal body temperature), shortness of breath,
chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy), occasional headache, muscle pain, fatigue. ...Read more
Few causes: Most pneumonias caused by inhalation of organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungii. Defense mechanism of body reacts to infection with white blood cells as defense. More pneumonias occur in immune compromised individuals. Aspiration is another cause of pneumonia, Food and liquids go into lungs. A lot of times patient drunk or neurologically compromised. ...Read more
Hmmmmmm?: I assume you are referring to an "infectious disease" doctor. An id doctor is an internest who has subspecialized in infectious diseases. They treat and make recommendations for treatment on many infection states. Some practice independently and treat a panel of patients primarily. Most are consultants to other physicians and make recommendatins on treatment. They are a expert on pneumonia. ...Read more
Dozens: Pneumonia (inflammation of lungs) may be due to non-infectious conditions including medications, collogen-vascular disease, conditions like sarcoidosis, etc. It can also be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites. It can occur by aspiration of material from above, extension thru the blood stream, by direct penetration or extension from adjacent structures. Complex subject. ...Read more
How concerned?: If someone you love died or suffered badly with pneumonia, it may affect you. Hopefully it will make you not want to smoke -- the habit increases risk. If you have the obsessive idea that you will get pneumonia, and it's troubling you, a short course of psychotherapy to learn to substitute better thoughts / understand yourself might be in order. ...Read more
Need more info:
Can you clarify the "lat. Sin" phrase? Was this information you received from the hospital or a physician?
Thank you. ...Read more
Varies: Some forms are mild and self heal over days/weeks. These are often viral. Some forms are very aggressive and deadly. Jim Henson, the puppet master that started the Muppets died from pneumococcal pneumonia in a few days after initially shrugging off symptoms to work. By the time he went in they couldn't stop it from killing him. ...Read more
Most forms - yes.: There are some bacteria and viruses that specialize in causing pneumonia. These are definitely contagious. For older folks or folks that have immune problems/chronic diseases, these patients can get protection with a 'pneumonia shot'. Then there are 'flu' shots that I'm sure you've heard of. Some types of pneumonia don't spread like 'choking on your vomit' - we call that aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more
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