Common "Pneumonitis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Pneumonitis is a term used to define all types of inflammation related to the lungs. The cause of inflammation can be an infection, allergy, irritation, or more. Generally, doctors use the term pneumonitis in reference to lung irritations and allergies. It can be an irritant substance the individual has inhaled, a reaction to certain drugs, or something as severe as cancer inside the lung. Symptoms can be cough and breathlessness.

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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 »

I have heavy breathing and chest discomfort. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had an experience of heavy breathing since the first week of this month. I decided to get checked up by the doctor, and they sent me into these laboratory escapades. The X-ray results stated there were signs of pneumonitis lingula. The doctor sent us to another laboratory test,...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. If you are experiencing symptoms of heavy breathing and chest discomfort, especially in the left lung area, follow up with your healthcare provider. An infection, irritation from chemicals or dust, or autoimm...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment followed to cure breathlessness presenting with pneumonitis?

Query: hi doc, i'm a female, age 26, 5' in height, 48 kg (last time i checked but I might have gained 2kg now. I've been experiencing difficulty breathing for the past couple of months but the worst was last month something because it happened as I was about to sleep. I suddenly felt like the air was not ...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello Dear how many months you took DOTS therapy? Is there any cough?? Is there sputum production??When you took treatment for pneumonitis?Possible causes are may be 1. Anxiety neurosis. 2. Panic attacks. 3. Bronchial asthma. 4. Treatment default for tuberculosis. 5. Acid reflux with asthmati...  Read Full »

I was admitted to the ER with shortness of breath due to cancer-related pneumonitis. Can I refuse mechanical ventilation despite my worsening hypoxia?

Query: Hello doctor, I was admitted to the ER with shortness of breath due to cancer-related pneumonitis. I recently finished my first round of treatments a few weeks ago, but steroids have not been effective, and my condition is worsening, causing hypoxia. The doctors are suggesting mechanical ventilation...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. I would like to inform you that shortness of breath can lead to depleted oxygen and increased carbon dioxide levels in the lungs, which a ventilator can help replenish. Prolonged hypoxia not only affects the lungs but can ...  Read Full »

What is the survival chance of a person with atypical viral pneumonitis?

Query: Hello doctor, High resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of chest reveals patchy ground-glass haziness and pneumonitis on both sides with peripheral and upper/ lower zone predominance, indicating atypical viral pneumonia. Central venous line is seen in situ. The patient also faces breathing problems...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, the patient has been suffering from atypical viral pneumonia. He also has been suffering from breathing difficulties. His recent HRCT (high-resolution computed tomography) of the chest has revealed patchy ground...  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. Thakre Mahendra Shivram

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 accumulation b...  Read Full »

Why has my breathing become severely constricted?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 63-year old male. About five days ago, I went to a large supermarket and bought a blender. When I turned on the blender for the first time, I could smell an acrid odor being emitted from the blender. My chest immediately tightened and my breathing became severely constricted. Fi...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Hassan Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would recommend that you visit the hospital for a chest X-ray as probably you are suffering from bronchiolitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis which are inflammatory conditions of the airways and lung tissues. This could also lead to pulmonary edema which is serio...  Read Full »

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