Common "Pneumonia" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


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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What leads to urine with a strong odor and high acidity?

Query: Hello doctor, The right side of my back is painful, and I had pneumonia two weeks ago, for which I took antibiotics. Additionally, my urine is very acidic with a strong odor. I also have a milky discharge, and it burns when I urinate. Furthermore, I have been diabetic for 26 years. Kindly advise. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If the back pain is in the upper back, it could simply be a result of the pain following pneumonia. This pain tends to intensify towards the end of a deep breath. After completing the course of antibiotics, it should resolve on its own, ...  Read Full »

With a history of pneumonia, how to treat my nerve problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old, with a height of 5.3 feet, and my weight is probably more than 70 kilograms. I have a physical problem. I got seriously ill at the age of six months due to pneumonia. Later on, I faced that my nervous system got very weak, and I could walk adequately, neither stand u...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. First, I would like to know your detailed history for making some conclusions: 1. Since what age have you started to have a problem? 2. What problem exactly you had with starting time? 3. As you mention, a weak nervous system- please te...  Read Full »

My son's X-ray shows a pneumonitic patch. Should we get him hospitalized?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 and a half year old son had a high fever of 103 for four days. Then he was normal for five days but caught up with a cough and fever of less than 102. The doctor administered antibiotic Cefixime and Ibuprofen for five days, but the cough persisted. Though he appears normal at dayt...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please resend the attachment. If there is pneumonitis on the X-ray, it is better to admit him as it can spread. Intravenous antibiotics are more effective and the response is quick.We cannot differentiate H1N1 and pneumonia on the X-ray. We need to send the throat swab...  Read Full »

My son was diagnosed with pneumonia when he was 1.5 years old. Will this cause problems in the future?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is three years old. He got diagnosed with pneumonia when he was 1.5 years old. After 15 days, he started coughing again. What is pneumonia, and how to control it efficiently? Does it pose a danger to his future health? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Dcosta Antonio Mario Savio

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It could be because of a bacteria or because of a virus. This differs from the cough from a common flu infection that primarily affects the upper respiratory tracts, such as your nose and throat. Cough i...  Read Full »

My husband has shivering and profuse sweating at night. Why?

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 »

What can cause breathing and sleep problems in a 86 year old patient?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother is 86 years old. She is having a cold for the last 10 days that gets controlled with medicines. But, in the last four days, she has had breathing problems and is unable to sleep well. She has given her blood for testing. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing to this platform. As you said, your grandmother initially had a cold and is now suffering from breathing difficulty. It is advised to shift her to any nearby hospital and do achest X-rayto rule out any infectious cause. And also to rule out any un...  Read Full »

I had previous pneumonia attack and frequent chest infection. Will I get covid-19 easily?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a general question that relates personally to myself in relation to Covid-19. I am a woman of 45 years and several years ago I had a severe case of pneumonia and I was hospitalized for a few weeks (which I have completely no memory of). It took me further 12 weeks to start to f...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Jauhari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We all are at risk to COVID19, but regular washing, sanitization of hands and use of masks outside the home can reduce the risk. Since you have encountered pneumonia earlier, your defense system must be boosted up. Still, I would recommend that you talk to your physic...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old daughter has a cough with phlegm. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My 2-year-old daughter has a cough with phlegm. She has been suffering for the past two weeks. She got hospitalized for pneumonia the week before. She has wheezing now. Her doctor has prescribed Levolin and Kidpred, and has started a Budecort inhaler too. The doctor told to continue Bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Diggireddy Shilpa Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the history you have provided, it is difficult to conclude whether she has asthma. Pneumonia sometimes takes a month to completely flush out of the lungs. The doctor must have prescribed the medication according to her physical and laboratory examination.C...  Read Full »

My grandfather is coughing up phlegm. What should we do?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandfather is 92 years old. He had been throwing up with cold chills, hot flashes, coughing up lots of phlegm, sore throat, back, and stomach pain. But there is no fever. What should we do? What could it be?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After going through your query I must admit that the first possibility is of pneumonia or lower respiratory tract infection. As he is having all signs of pneumonia other than fever. It should be ruled out with a chest x-ray and complete blood count. With the advancem...  Read Full »

I have pneumonia and am coughing up green phlegm. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. Before three months, an old woman coughed in front of me, I breathed it in and within a few hours I got a fever and chills. I went to a general practitioner after three days and her diagnosis was pneumonia. I had a Rocephin intravenous there and also a vitamin ...  Read Full »

Dr. Damanjit Duggal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your doctor has made a diagnosis of pneumonia and has given you antibiotics. Your fever has subsided which means the antibiotics have worked. But since you are having green phlegm we need to find out if you require further antibiotics. For that we need a blood count, ...  Read Full »

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