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Forum Name: Pneumonia

Question: Fever & pain after pneumonia & pleurisy


 tbarson - Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:03 pm

I've been on antibiotics for 24 days since being released from the hospital for pneumonia & pleurisy. I still have some fever every day (about 99.5-99.9) and some chest pain (dull ache). What causes the fever? I can't believe there's still infection after the intravenous antibiotics at the hospital & the 24 days of oral antibiotics. I'm female, 52, healthy & in good shape (other than this recent illness).
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:51 pm

User avatar Hello,

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs resulting from infections. Most of cases are due to bacterial pneumonias (Streptococcus pneumoniae).
Patients with pneumonia presents with:
Productive Cough ( yellow, greenish, or bloody)
Fever and chills
Chest pain
Breathing difficulty and Dyspnea

Patients usually improve after a two weeks course of antibiotics and may need to be hospitalized.
If after treatment there is any chest symptoms , patients should contact their doctors to exclude any possible complication like (lung abscess), these symptoms include:

-Persistent fever
-Dyspnea
-Chest pain
-Productive cough

I advise you to follow with your doctor for further management.
Best regards.

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