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Doctor insights on: Why Does A Person Need A Higher Concentration Of Antibiotics With A Brain Infection Then With A Lung Infection

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Why does a person need a higher concentration of antibiotics with a brain infection then with a lung infection?

Why does a person need a higher concentration of antibiotics with a brain infection then with a lung infection?

Blood Brain Barrier: There is a layer of protection around the brain that makes it harder for certain medications to get to the brain. If you need them to get there you have to use a higher dose. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I have head problems since 2 yrs. Is it a tumor. Is brain tumor genetic bcz my mom was diagnosed with the same and passed away bcz of lung infection.

I have head problems since 2 yrs. Is it a tumor. Is brain tumor genetic bcz my mom was diagnosed with the same and passed away bcz of lung infection.

Probably not but...: Sorry about your mom. Rare types of brain tumors (about 5%) may have genetic increased risk but in 95% of brain tumors there is no increased risk to children.
It is impossible for anyone here to know if you have a brain tumor but most "head problems" have other causes.
Please see a good doctor who can learn more, examine you and do necessary tests to find the cause of your problems. ...Read more

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What are some healthy foods taken when a person suffering from lung infection?

What are some healthy foods taken when a person suffering from lung infection?

Doesn't matter: There's no evidence that any specific food will affect your recovery from a lung infection. Just eat a healthy diet. ...Read more

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I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis. But if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?

I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis. But if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?

COPD is diagnosis.: The pleural effusion is a SIGN or a symptom, not a "condition". In fact, by draining the effusion, doctors can run tests & perhaps figure out what is causing the problem. But it doesn't portend anything with regards to survival unless it becomes large. COPD is a DIAGNOSIS. It means that the lungs don't function properly. It makes surviving sepsis tougher, as lung problems can easily develop. TTYD. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has just been diagnosed with a lung infection but refuses to take the antibiotics what can I do to help her?

My 3 yr old has just been diagnosed with a lung infection but refuses to take the antibiotics what can I do to help her?

Hide them in food: If your 3 year old daughter refuses to take the presumed oral suspension of the antimicrobial, you can ask your pharmacist what foods it is compatible with to mix together. Alternatively, an intramuscular injection of an antimicrobial could be done but it may require multiple times and may be quite traumatic to you and her. ...Read more

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Why do people with a lung infection cough a lot?

Why do people with a lung infection cough a lot?

Inflammation: Inflammation in the lung triggers reflexes that cause cough. Also mucous caused by the inflammation does the same. The lungs are trying to clear the germs and debris. ...Read more

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Chest hurts when I cough (have a dry cough) and when I breathe deeply. I feel it in my back too. Lung infection?

Chest hurts when I cough (have a dry cough) and when I breathe deeply. I feel it in my back too. Lung infection?

Pleurisy: Pleurisy is chest pain, often worse with cough or deep inspiration, that results from irritation of the tissues surrounding the lungs. It is most commonly caused by viral infections, especially in young people such as yourself. Other causes include bacterial infections, trauma, autoimmune disorders, tumors and some medications. ...Read more

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I did cocaine for 1 day 3 weeks ago, since then I haven't felt the same. I have lung infection, pounding/faster heartrate, & am anxious/panicky. Why?

I did cocaine for 1 day 3 weeks ago, since then I haven't felt the same. I have lung infection, pounding/faster heartrate, & am anxious/panicky. Why?

Cocaine is bad: You gave good reasons not to do cocaine! Since you don't like feeling this way, then don't use it anymore. It makes you anxious, paranoid, raises heart rate and ruins your mind. And as you said, gave you a lung infection. Let this be a lesson not to use cocaine again. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could deal with lung infection?

Depends on health: If one is a smoker you may well need antibiotics. If one is not a smoker and not severely ill you might wait a couple of days prior to see your doctor. If you have fever, cough and chest pain, it would be wise to go see your doctor as soon as possible. If you have blood in your sputum, then this becomes more severe. Need immediate medical attention in that case.
Basic answer see your doc ...Read more

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I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting a lung infection caused by candida?

I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting a lung infection caused by candida?

Not likely: Possible, but not likely. Anyone taking immunosuppressive drugs is at greater risk for (opportunistic) infections compared to individuals in the general population. A very few % of organ transplant patients get fungal infections, and unless you have had fungal pneumonias in the past, it would be an unusual event. ...Read more

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I haven't smelt anything in 2 yrs been operated fr nasal polyps once hav freq lung infection please help!

I haven't smelt anything in 2 yrs been operated fr nasal polyps once hav freq lung infection please help!

Cystic fibrosis: Nasal polyps or sinus surgery can lead to anoia. This may not return. You should be checked for cystic fibrosis sarcoidosis or wegeners. ...Read more

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I had strep 2wks ago and it went away. Now I've got some lung infection w phlem andlow grade fever. Is this 2ndary infection or something new?

Could be the same: Did you have the strep documented? Or did you just have a sore throat and refer to it as "strep"? Viral infections in the head and throat frequently can lead to bacterial super-infections in the throat, nose, sinuses and lungs. What is used to treat the strep may not be the right antibiotic for the lungs. You should talk about thins with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am bringing up green mucus, no illness or fever, but it tastes like infection. Can you have lung infection without being sick etc. I do have COPD.

I am bringing up green mucus, no illness or fever, but it tastes like infection. Can you have lung infection without being sick etc. I do have COPD.

Green mucus: It's possible to have an infection but not be very sick from it. You would need a basic evaluation with an exam and probably some tests. ...Read more

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Do I need to wait until my lung infection clears up before getting a chest X-ray to check for cancer? Would the infection mask the cancer on x-ray?

Do I need to wait until my lung infection clears up before getting a chest X-ray to check for cancer? Would the infection mask the cancer on x-ray?

Better to wait: A lung infection can make lung cancer more difficult to detect and could cause a false negative (where a cancer is missed). Many physicians do a follow up chest x-ray with 90 days of treating a pneumonia to be sure the pneumonia clears and to be sure a mass was not missed. ...Read more

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I have a Lung Infection and Chest congestion, but since then, I wake up in the middle of the night and cough until I cant breath and sometimes vomit?

I have a Lung Infection and Chest congestion, but since then, I wake up in the middle of the night and cough until I cant breath and sometimes vomit?

Waking up in the: Middle of the night with cough/breathing problems can be a sign of acid reflux disease, ongoing infection, sleep apnea, or allergic rhinitis/sinus drainage. You need to be seen by a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Is a lung infection considered very serious?

Is a lung infection considered very serious?

Each unique...: Every lung infection is unique to the person. Some lung infections are mild and involve the breathing tubes only (such as mild chronic bronchitis). Other lung infections can involve the lung tissues proper, where oxygen exchange happens (such as pneumonia / pneumonitis) and can be very severe and even life threatening. Prognosis is unique to the person and the organism causing the infection. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a lung infection?

See your MD: If you have a lung infection or pneumonia you should see your md and see if antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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When can you tell if you have a lung infection?

When can you tell if you have a lung infection?

Chest x-ray: When you have lung infection, most likely it happened after cold or flu, most of the time you start to spike a fever, chills, sweeting, productive cough, those are signs of lung infection.
The elderly people or the one had compromise immune system, they may not show these severe sings?
Chest x-ray will confirm that. ...Read more

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How long does lung infection need to be treated?

8 days: It depends on the infecting organism and the severity of the infection. Most bacterial infections can be cured with 8 days of antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a lung infection, but I can't really taste anything?

Try not to: Get too frustrated. Your infection or your medications may be effecting your sense of taste. Hopefully this will resolve once you are well again. Take care. ...Read more

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Is. Lung infection the same as pneumonia?

Is. Lung infection the same as pneumonia?

Yes and no: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung but there are others such as lung abscesses, septic pulmonary emboli, tuberculosis etc. ...Read more

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Is foul smelling breath symptom of a lung infection?

Is foul smelling breath symptom of a lung infection?

Maybe: Usually foul smelling breath comes from one of three sources- mouth bacteria or infection in the chest or sinuses. ...Read more

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Can lung infection cause cancer?

Can lung infection cause cancer?

Probably not: There is no evidence of a direct link between lung infection and cancer. Chronic inflammation (eg. Emphysema and, to a lesser degree, chronic bronchitis) confers a risk of lung cancer. There is a weak link between a history of pneumonia and a 15-20% higher risk of lung cancer, but compare that to 40 years of smoking, which increases the chance of cancer by 2500%. Its all relative. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more