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Pneumonia Treatment Questions

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs which can make a person severely sick. Most people, who have pneumonia experience fever, cough and pain when trying to breath. Some people are admitted into the hospital for treatment. A person can get pneumonia anywhere, including at work or school, which is known as community associated pneumonia. While there are people who must be admitted into the hospital for treatment, many people who have the infection can be treated at home. To learn more about pneumonia, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by Experts.

Does pneumonia cause hemoglobin levels to drop?

In a case such as this it is very likely that the low hemoglobin is due to a different issue unrelated to the pneumonia. Technically the only way low hemoglobin could occur with pneumonia is if large amounts of blood are lost while coughing. Of course, if no blood was present, there must be another cause for this.

A doctor may determine the cause of low hemoglobin is low iron which can be corrected with iron tablets. It may take up to 3 months for the person to get back to normal once iron supplements are being used.

Of course there are many causes for blood loss that may not be seen. For example if bleeding is occurring in the digestive tract, it cannot be seen. However if this is the case, the hemoglobin will remain low until the issue is resolved.

If an elderly person has pneumonia are they at risk when put in a care home?

Generally there is always the risk of having resistant strains in a hospital setting. This is especially true for the elderly patients. There is a real risk of contacting a very serious infection which may become life threatening to an elderly patient. If at all possible, a person may consider treating the pneumonia outside of a hospital setting.

If the person has bacterial uncomplicated pneumonia, Clarithromycin may be an option for treatment. However if the person's condition becomes worse, he/she may have to be admitted into the hospital to receive IV antibiotics. Typically if the person has community acquired pneumonia, a chest X-ray may determine how severe the illness is. Many times the person can go home with Clarithromyin as treatment. If the person fails to improve, a return visit to the hospital may be required.

What causes multi lobe pneumonia and pericardial effusion in a person with congestive heart failure?

Typically multi lobe pneumonia is caused by not treating pneumonia. The infection that caused the pneumonia continues to grow and spread. In many cases pneumonia is caused by aspirating tiny food particles and saliva into the lungs. These tiny particles and saliva are teaming with bacteria.

As for pericardial effusion, many people who have congestive heart failure may develop a small, but rarely a large effusion. A pericardial effusion occurs when fluid begins to leak from strained blood vessels and collect in the pericardial sac that surrounds the heart.

How soon can someone fly after having pneumonia?

Many doctors prefer that a person recovering from pneumonia to wait at least two weeks following successful treatment of the infection. The air inside an airplane is usually dry with very little humidity. This may cause the mucous membranes to dry out if the person flies too soon. So basically 2 weeks after the treatment has ended is generally safe for air travel. Of course most doctors have their own course of treatment. What may be allowed by one doctor may not be allowed by another. For this reason it may be best for the individual to speak to his/her doctor.

Pneumonia can be very painful and uncomfortable. Many people who develop pneumonia end up in the hospital. Many questions arise in regards to how to treat pneumonia. If a person has questions or concerns regarding pneumonia, the person should ask an Expert for medical insight.
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