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Pneumonia is a condition caused by infection, which results in the inflammation, and the tiny air sacs inside the lungs get filled up with fluid. It is a severe condition and can be fatal. The symptoms include cough, green phlegm, fever, dyspnea, nausea, and chills. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or by aspiring saliva, food, or vomit into the lungs.

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My uncle had pancreatitis and pneumonia, and he was receiving dialysis. What could be causing his illness?

Query: Hello doctor, My uncle is sick. He had a liver transplant ten years ago. About a month ago, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and pancreatitis. The doctors said that the pancreatitis caused multi-organ failure. The doctor put him on broad-spectrum antibiotics. A few days later, his right lung collapse...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome I read your query and can understand your concern. Basically, because of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), your uncle developed multi-organ dysfunction. Here lungs and kidneys are affected and not functioning well (attachment removed to protect patient's i...  Read Full »

I have greenish-yellow sputum on pneumonia treatment. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Two weeks back, I went to the doctor, and he prescribed me tablet Azithromycin, tablet Cetirizine and Pseudoephedrine. But since it did not work, he prescribed me five Ceftriazone injections (500 mg each) and a syrup containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin, and Chlorphenamine. Today is t...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If possible, get a chest x-ray to rule out and know the severity of pneumonia. You may need additional antibiotics because green sputum is suggestive of pseudomonas infection. If the chest x-ray is normal, there is no need to worry about th...  Read Full »

My child suffers from pneumonia; can it make him prone to other serious illnesses?

Query: Hi doctor, My child is 2 years and 11 months old. He was admitted to the hospital after being diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia. I would like to seek consultation here due to the language barrier with the local doctors. First, I would like to know if we got to the hospital too late. Eight months ag...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Radheshyam Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. As you mentioned, pneumonia has been diagnosed. In addition, your child is taking antibiotics and other medications. So there is no need to be concerned. It will take time to resolve this. His Sp02 level is above 90 %, so it does not appe...  Read Full »

Does pneumonia cause weight loss?

Query: Hello doctor, My younger daughter was diagnosed with pneumonia when she was 8 months old. She is better now (11.7 months now). Her birth weight was 7.72 lbs. And by 7 months, she was 15.21 lbs. But due to this pneumonia attack she lost her weight and is now weighing 15.21 lbs. Is it okay? Or is she ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The weight is quite less for an approximately 12 months old child. Please start the child on Multivitamins like Calcimax P 5 ml twice a day and syrup Visyneral Z 5 ml once a day each for three months. Also, start the child on complementary feeds if not yet started. Get ...  Read Full »

I have flu from a couple of weeks. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 64 year old male, and I weight 80 kg, and my height is 1.62 m. I have this terrible flu from the last couple of weeks. I had three courses of antibiotic Clarithromycin for three days only, and I think that is the reason that the virus became stronger. I was also given two pills of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, you do not have any virus. The virus does not survive in the body for more than five days. The second thing is, viruses are not killed by any antibiotics. You are actually suffering from acute allergic bronchitis, and this requires patience and symptomatic ...  Read Full »

Can severe flu with severe back and chest pain be signs of pneumonia or bronchitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male with mild flu-like symptoms, like congestion, cough, and no fever, with severe upper back and chest pain. A friend of mine said it could be pneumonia or bronchitis. I am taking tablet Ibuprofen for pain and hydrating very frequently. Should I rush to a hospital...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, your symptoms suggest developing pneumonia. Sometimes, pneumonia presents without a fever, and the best way to diagnose it is to get a chest x-ray. If the chest x-ray comes normal, the possibility of URTI (upper respiratory tract infection) is to be kept, and the...  Read Full »

My grandmother suffers from stage 4 colon cancer with liver metastasis. What is the prognosis?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandmother, 74, suffers from stage 4 colon cancer with liver metastasis. She had weakness and a cough for the past week. She was taken to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She also has some memory loss and hand tremors. The fever has subsided. Will she be able...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Colon cancer stage 4 with liver metastasis is advanced with a very poor prognosis but requires good palliative care. Pneumonia has certain symptoms like fever, productive cough, and wheezing. This could have happened du...  Read Full »

My father has inhomogeneous opacity in the lung. How to treat him?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has a round inhomogeneous opacity in the right middle of the lung. He is taking Ceftum 600. How to treat him?  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Hassan Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The prevailing cause of this condition often points to pneumonia. To address it, a course of antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin 1 g every 12 hours for 10 days is necessary. Adequate fluid intake and rest are crucial during this period. Following the antibiotic regimen, a rep...  Read Full »

Why does my 2 year old breathe as if he ran a marathon?

Query: Hello doctor, My two-year-old breathes like he ran a marathon, coughs a lot, and I hear a wheezing sound.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If your two-year-old has breathing difficulty with infection, usually it represents pneumonia. I would like to know in detail: Since how long? Any history of fever? Past similar history? What investigations were done? A family history of asthma or allergy? I suggest...  Read Full »

Can my 3.5 years old son get the pneumococcal vaccine now?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 3.5 years old, and he did not get his pneumococcal vaccine yet. When I asked about this, his pediatrician said that it is not a compulsory one. Even Rotavirus, I got it for my son with my own wish and was not instructed by his pediatrician. I was in my native for six months afte...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is nothing to be worried about, pneumococcal vaccine is not mandatory in your country, it is just optional. We, pediatricians, give it to susceptible babies like premature babies, babies who often fall sick, and leave the choice to parents for the rest of the ...  Read Full »

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