Pneumonia and Respiratory Tract Infections

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There are usually caused by viral infections or bacterial infections. However, some develop recurrent infections, which may be a sign of an underlying pulmonary condition, such as bronchiectasis or COPD.

Did you know…

that most cases of recurrent pneumonia are diagnosed in children with a predisposing health condition? Recurrent pneumonia is recognized as two or more episodes of pneumonia in a 12-month period with x-ray confirmation of clearing in between. Symptoms of pneumonia may include fever, chills, body aches, and pain when breathing deep or coughing.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I see a Nurse Practitioner

Though recurrences of respiratory infections may be due to exposure to infectious agents, only a nurse practitioner can determine what types of steps should be taken to treat you and prevent additional infection in the future.

Is there anything that increases my risk of developing recurrent respiratory tract infections?

Recurrent infections may be caused by one or more of many different reasons. Some adults are simply exposed to more than one virus, bacteria, or fungi that result in illness. However, recurrent respiratory infections may also be more likely in children with certain conditions or risk factors, such as those with asthma, a weakened immune system, or frequent exposure to second-hand smoke.

What are the treatments for recurrent pneumonia and respiratory tract infections?

The treatment for pneumonia and respiratory tract infections is often an antibiotic. These medications may also work on some forms of recurrent pneumonia. However, many cases of recurrent pneumonia and other types of respiratory infections may require anti-inflammatory medications, at-home care, and treatment for underlying health conditions.


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