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01-25-2019 06:18 PM
01-25-2019 07:52 PM
I had been visiting my Dad in the nursing facility and got a relatively benign upper respiratory infection which morphed into bronchitis which got rapidly worse. I had to wait to see a doctor because mine went overseas for a month and didnt leave an on-call physician. By the time i was seen at a clinic my bronchitis had morphed into pneumonia. i was given an antibiotic but it still took close to two weeks to clear and they gave me Tussionex for the gnarly phlemy cough. The coughing jags lasted forever and really freaked me out. that was a dozen years ago and i have never been that ill since.
01-25-2019 08:30 PM
Just to clarify, the flu is not pneumonia. The flu is viral and pneumonia is bacterial which is why she had antibiotics and not antivirals. I feel so bad for her family and the kids.
Please take care of yourself whenever you feel ill. It seems she did everything right and had the right diagnosis and medicine and it still went wrong.
@Laura14, just to clarify Influenza or flu can certainly cause pneumonia.
And pneumonia can certainly be viral as well. Pneumonia can be bacterial, viral, or caused by a fungi. Of course if it is caused by a bacteria it is treated with antibiotics. If it is viral pneumonia, it is treated with antivirals, and it is fungal it is treated with antifungals.
Of course in this specific case, influenza was ruled out so the flu didn't cause the pneumonia, but just don't want people confused by thinking that all pnuemonia is bacterial.
At any rate, what a sad case that someone so young succumbed to pneumonia, but it does highlight just how deadly pneumonia can be, no matter the cause.
Thank you @pitdakota.
What kind of antibiotics would be appropriate for treating bacterial pneumonia?
01-26-2019 08:26 AM
Here is one reason I wanted to know: our granddaughter (5) came down with what was assumed to be a benign URI before Christmas. She was prescribed antibiotics (something common) A flu test was run “for the heck of it” because “she doesn’t have the symptoms of flu”
Then, getting worse, she was in again and not only was the flu test positive (for type B, no less)
But she also was diagnosed with pneumonia, which they then said
”This type of pneumonia requires treatment with TWO types of antibiotics.”
I don’t understand this (two types of antibiotics)? I think they prescribed augmentin and zpack for her.
She LOST A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WEIGHT. When we went there I had to gasp at her lack of coloring and loss of weight.
She has recovered and looks fine now.
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