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Have cough, burning in chest, chills, headache, tiredness and sleepiness. Treatment?

im not feeling well, started having cough yesterday along with burning in my chest . today started getting chills and shivering . getting winded just walking through the house and getting harder to breathe in. im fighting a headache and i also noticed that my nail beds are a bluish purple color. feeling tired and sleepy for past 2 days
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Based on the information it seems that you are probably having "Pneumonia"

Here are some details about Pneumonia.

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs that is usually caused by infection, and the inflammation (swelling,due to gathering of fluid) will cause decrease space in lungs for air hence fourth you will feel short of breath, the nail are bluish means your lung is not able to get enough oxygen to blood and lack of oxygen makes the nail bed appear blue as well as the chills and fever are associated with infection.
Causes are mainly
(a) bacteria,
(b) viruses,
(c) mycoplasma


here is mostly physician will do
1) physical exam
2) check OXYGEN in blood by pulseoxymeter and will put you on oxygen if seems necessary
2) will ask for X-RAY
3) will do sputum culture & sensitivity (to find out causative agent like kind of bacteria)
4) will do some blood test as well as culture and sensitivity.

5) Based on the scenario , may be need for intravenous drug / may prescribe the antibiotic which have broad coverage in terms of bugs/ bacteria it can fights.

6) Once the culture and sensitivity test arrives physician may need to change the drug to be more specific protection of that agent.

Answered: Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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