I am an 36 year old female.In the last year I have had pneumonia approximately 5 times. I am concerned that the pneumonia keeps reoccuring. My last episode was Aug. 2002 in which I spent 5 days hospitalized. Yesterday I was back in the ER and was told after having yet another chest xray that I have an early pneumonia in the left lobe. I get very very ill with the pneumonia. Fever, chills, vomiting, etc. I have not seen a pulmonologist but I intend to do so. Is there a reason for a reoccurence of pneumonia in a person who has been so healthy? The common cold with me turns into pneumonia. Will I have to live on antibiotics? Thanks so much, Linda
A visit to a pulmonologist sounds like a great idea. You might also ask him (or her) whether you should get a flu shot and a pneumonia shot. If the pulmonologist can't help you, perhaps you should be evaluated by an immunologist to help determine why you get such frequent bouts of pneumonia. Best of luck--I'm sure the LungLine nurse will have additional insight and suggestions.
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