Patient Comments: Pneumonia - Treatment

What kinds of treatment have been effective for your Pneumonia?

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Pneumonia is usually treated with antibiotics if it is caused by bacteria. If you do have pneumonia, you should begin to feel better within 3 to 5 days. If you don't feel better within this time frame, contact your doctor. If you have children, are elderly, or have an immune compromised system, you are at a greater risk for suffering complications from pneumonia. Other medications and home remedies to ease symptoms also help you feel better until you fully recover. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Giz27g, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I have had pneumonia 6 or 7 times. Each time worse than the previous. The last time I had pneumonia I was given a steroid shot and a z-pak. I was also given a rescue inhaler and Advair (on a Wednesday). I went back to the urgent care that Friday I was given cough medications refillable 3times , Mucinex DM, three breathing treatments and steroids in pill form. I had to return Saturday for two more breathing treatments. It was a good 7-8 weeks before I was better. The best was the Advair and plenty of water. Helps get you hydrated and get your heart rate normal.

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Comment from: Sucks2bsick, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

6 months ago I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Because of my age they gave me a steroid shot and a Z-PAC. I also had an inhaler and a nebulizer. I was sick for about 3 weeks slowly getting better and finally making a recovery. Now 6 months later I have it again, same prescriptions, but I am not getting better. The doctor said it may be allergy induced because it hasn't been long since I have had it. I am going to see an allergist soon and hopefully I will get better then.

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Comment from: plshanks, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

Back in November I went to the ER and was diagnosed with a upper respiratory viral infection, I was coughing pretty bad, but they sent me home saying it had to work its way out of my body, no antibiotics. Well, I kept getting sicker and sicker with some improvement at times but stayed sick. I was coughing all the time. I finally coughed so hard it felt like I broke something. I ended up being hospitalized, they did a local on me to check and see if they could drain my chest but it was all pus and mucus. They had to cut me open about 10 inches in order to scrape my right lung and the inside of my chest wall and cavity, ouch!!!!!! I was in pretty bad shape. They had me on liquid antibiotics for three weeks and I am still to be on oral antibiotics for one more month, I was that sick. I hope to never have to go through that again. On the plus side my recovery has been so quick it has blown everyone away. It was God helping in that area. If you live in Anchorage Alaska, St. Elias is the way to go for recovery care, they are awesome!

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Comment from: bird_2legs, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I had a slight headache made me think sinus problem. 3 days later I had chills and couldn't stop coughing a deep hard congested cough next day wheezing and coughing. I went to a pharmacy minute care they said they couldn't help me go to the ER. Not having insurance went to an immediate care center that would be cheaper. They took 2 chest x-rays said I had pneumonia took a breathing treatment and given azithromycin 250 mg offered an inhaler but out of my price range. Day 10 of being sick day 3 of meds I feel no better. My lungs hurt my ribs hurt my throat hurts from coughing less wheezing. Coughing up yellow or sometimes darker grey mucus. Wasn't told how long it would take to get better or what to do if it doesn't. Sure hope the nest 2 pills work or I guess I start over another dr. Best of luck to you all who have pneumonia, I feel your pain!

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Comment from: Martha, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 19

I have a daughter that's 4 years old. In the past 4 years she has only gotten sick maybe 3 times. Took her to the ER because we were going to the Christmas parade here in town and I made dinner. Daughter started shaking like she was having seizures and then her face turned blue. Took her in just on those symptoms and came to find out after they did a x-ray she had pneumonia. They admitted her cause it was really bad. She got out two days later. She was fine and then this weekend prior to this one she had to go back in because she was sick. Did x-rays and she was fine. Got treated for a virus. Well now its 8 days later she's running a 102, Pale really bad, And when she breathes you can hear the wheezing. Plus coughing. Trying to figure out if I should take her back in. Kind of scared its back again!

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Comment from: snbamabch, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I am 43 years old and generally in good health. I went to an afterhours clinic one day after work. This was in August. I expected to get some antibiotics for a sinus or respiratory infection. After some testing I was admitted for two weeks to the hospital with pneumonia then sent home. I got sicker at home and went to emergency department where they flight cared me to a larger hospital. I was there for two months part of which time was spent on life support. I had developed MRSA in my blood and had 11 broken ribs from coughing so much. The steroids I was on for so long had made my bones brittle. Finally the team of doctors there threw their hand up in the air and said we are shipping you to University of Michigan. I was only there one week and they had me well enough to go to home on home care with physical therapy. This was in November I lost three months of my life that are just a blur now. I am thankful to be alive but what I am really trying to say is don't mess around if you aren't getting better don't be afraid to ask to be transferred to another hospital. It just may save your life.

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