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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Can pneumonia present with just cough and a little phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old male. I have cough without expectoration for the past five to six days. A tiny amount of phlegm came with my cough today. The severity of coughing has reduced compared to the initial two days. Sometimes when I breathe out while lying down, I can hear and feel the phlegm...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Sir, actually cough with phlegm is seen in respiratory infection only, and most probably it is caused by bacterial or viral infection. Hence you have been diagnosed to have bacterial pneumonia. The actual diag...  Read Full »

What are the cause of my husband's extreme shivering and profuse sweating at night?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband was in a below-freezing weather all weekend, day and night, for military training. Nine of the men he was with went to the hospital for various cold weather injuries. Since coming home, he has been suffering from what seems like a cold in the daytime, but at night, he has extr...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What you are describing sounds like the starting stages of a respiratory tract infection (RTI). Viral respiratory tract infections, especially influenza, are more common during colder periods of the year and have a high incidence in military settings. Virus or bacterial o...  Read Full »

My lung hurts horribly while coughing after pneumonia. Is it long-term effect of pneumonia?

Query: Hi doctor, I had pneumonia three months back. It got completely resolved by taking antibiotics. My lung hurts a little when I have any flu or cough. When temperature drops, my lungs start to hurt horribly due to cold. Before getting pneumonia, I do not have any symptoms. Will it a consequence and s...  Read Full »

Dr. Nasir

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pneumonia is an infection affecting lung parenchyma. When this occurs, pleura gets affected. It heals by becoming thicker. This can cause problems in breathing for a prolonged period even after the resolution of pneumonia. You have pain which is an unlikely cause to occ...  Read Full »

My X-ray shows nodules in my right lung. Does it indicate cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a persistent cough with phlegm, chest pain, exhaustion after a short duration and nodules in the right lung. The x-ray revealed that signs of atelectasis are present. After using three different types of medicine and steroid inhaler, the symptoms are still present. The most recent...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have not mentioned the CT scan report that you had done. The x-rays are showing nodules; hence, it might be pneumonic consolidations that should be considered first rather than directly thinking about malignancy. Sputum cytology and examination study should be done i...  Read Full »

What could be the causes for pneumonia, cough, and asthma attacks?

Query: Hi doctor,There is a belief that if you dried your sweat at the back, you could have pneumonia or other lung conditions such as cough or asthma attack. I know it is not right, but I do not know if my assumptions are correct. Is it right that the dried sweat at your back has nothing to do with it? It...  Read Full »

Dr. Jebin Abraham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Asthma or pneumonia has nothing to do with sweat. Asthma is a genetically determined condition, which is triggered by various factors. For example, exposure to cold, allergens, etc., can trigger an asthma attack in predisposed individuals. Also, exercise-induced asthma ...  Read Full »

Is pneumonia a sign of COVID-19 infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old male with symptoms of pneumonia such as cough with mucus in my chest, headache, loss of appetite, green mucus, fatigue, chills and, blood in nasal mucus. Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a cough with mucus green in color, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, chills, blood in nasal mucus, etc. You are a known case of pneumonia. You have not ment...  Read Full »

What medicines to give an older adult for cough and fever?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother is 96 years old, and she has a cough and fever. We also have noticed some bedsore at her back, probably due to a prolonged stay in bed. What medication can we give her? I hope you can help us out. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your grandmother seems to be bedridden for quite some time as she has developed bedsores. However, staying in bed can lead to several other problems, such as pneumonia because of limited movement and deep breathing. In addition, having a fever can be a sign of upper res...  Read Full »

How to improve my 2 months old baby's health condition?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 2 months old. He is suffering from omphalitis, which appeared after 24 hours of birth. He had artificial respiration thrice. He was in the ICU for one month. Also, he had a kidney function disorder and blood breaks. He went through blood and blood platelet transfusion. After di...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It appears that he had a lung infection called as pneumonia, which led to an infection in the blood, low oxygen in the blood and low blood pressure. Because of this there is decreased blood supply to brain and brain damage leading to cerebral atrophy. His initial reports ...  Read Full »

What does fibrosis in the X-ray indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I did my pre-employment exam a few months back, and they saw some fibrosis in my X-ray. However, this still needs to be confirmed. Unfortunately, I cannot provide any sputum since I do not have any cough even until now. Is there any other way for me to know what I have?  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have fibrosis on the left upper lung according to your X-ray report (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The causes for the fibrosis are previously healed tuberc...  Read Full »

Can right basal pneumonia cause pain on the left side?

Query: Hi doctor, I have right basal pneumonia. But my left side has pain. While having a cough and taking deep breaths, there is increased pain. I have started taking antibiotics. How long will it take to have some relief?   Read Full »

Dr. Mahendra Thakre

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your symptoms. You are having pneumonia on the right side. Pneumonia occurs due to inflammation of the lung parenchyma. The symptoms are fever, cough with expectoration, and breathlessness. Sometimes, it can cause pleural effusion (fluid accumula...  Read Full »

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