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Experience:  MBBS, MD, MCCM. Currently working in Critical Care Medicine with 10 year experience in Medicine
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Can pneumonia go away without antibiotics? Deep chest fluidy

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Can pneumonia go away without antibiotics?
JA: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?
Customer: Deep chest fluidy cough, extreme fatigue and dizzyness
JA: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?
Customer: 5 days, but its getting better although the dizziness persists. I think because I became extremely dehydrated & haven't been eating. Also I haave had severe nausea
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No gall bladder & my lower back hurts like it has when I have had pancreatitis Thanks
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 8 months ago.


Welcome to JA and thanks for this question. I'm Sorry to hear about your symptoms. Actually pneumonia which is bacterial in nature will NOT go away without antibiotics as the problem in that case is a bacterial infection which needs antibiotics to be treated. This is extremely important as without antibiotics the bacterial infection will worsen over time, cause spread of teh infection to other organs or even cause formation of pus inside the chest cavity which will need drainage of the pus via a tube or via surgery. This is why if you have these symptoms you should be treated with antibiotics as soon as possible alongwith chest xrays as well. The lower back pain could be because of inflammation of teh covering of the lungs called pleura which can lead to accumulation of fluid in this region.

Only in cases of viral pneumonia are antibiotics not needed but even in those cases, supportive management is required. But your symptoms are persistent and the back pain alongwith the productive cough is concerning and i would STRONGLY recommend a visit to your doctors office.

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Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 8 months ago.

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