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How long after being diagnosed and treated for pneumonia is it safe to fly?
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Dear Smoke76,

There is no absolute time that I can provide to you regarding "how long" you should wait before flying.

Medical advice for flying after pneumonia is dependent upon recovery from the pneumonia. For someone, who is otherwise healthy and has no medical problems, there may be not reason why a person could not fly quite soon after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

Other persons with complex medical problems such as heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc. should be advised on a case by case basis by a medical provider.

When were you diagnosed with pneumonia?
Do you have other medical conditions?
Did you require hospitalization for the pneumonia?
Are you short of breath at rest or with exertion?

Please feel free to keep the dialogue going.

~•~ Dr. Parks

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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