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 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 »

How to avoid cold and flu after winter workout?

Query: Hello doctor, I like to go running. I was a very successful marathon runner when younger. Now I still workout, but my goal, apart from general health is mostly emotional fitness for the job. I work on the phone with customers and I have to be in a strong positive mood to be successful. I am currentl...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it is easy to catch cold, particularly if you are in a cold, wet and windy weather. Also, exposure to extremely cold temperature affects you in many ways and can cause frost nip (first stage of frostbite), trench foot (prolonged exposure of feet to cold) and fro...  Read Full »

What could be the reason when an elderly person throws up with cold and chill?

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 Choudhary

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 »

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 hospit...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1)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. 2) If the chest x-ray comes normal, the possibility of URTI (upper respiratory tract infec...  Read Full »

How long shall we wait for an angioplasty after a heart attack, and if the LVEF is 30%?

Query: Hello doctor, My 59-year-old mother had a heart attack a week ago. Her LVEF is 30% as per 2D echocardiogram. She has a myocardial infarction. Her sputum test is positive for pneumonia. Her HRCT showed a collapsed left lower lobe, with partial medial collapse. It has been more than 15 days since h...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello doctor, Welcome to Thanks for the query. Kindly share her ECG (electrocardiogram) report to help you better. 1) Is her condition an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction or a non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction? 2) Did she had any previous cardiac issues? 3) ...  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 bab...  Read Full »

What is the cause for my dry cough among pneumonia, post-COVID, and my husband's bone TB?

Query: Hello doctor,I am having an on and off dry cough for more than a month. The cough does not happen continuously. I also notice white sputum immediately after waking up for few months.I had pneumonia twice three years ago. I was positive for COVID one year ago and recovered with medicine. I am living ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. According to your statement, you have been suffering from dry cough for the last month and having white sputum after waking up every morning. Dry cough may result from allergies, asthma, environmental irritants like smoke, pollen, dust,...  Read Full »

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. James Peterson

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 »

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